Bungie parses Halo: Reach opening stats

Studio's latest sci-fi shooter sees first-week online concurrent users up 65 percent over Halo 3 all-time high as more than 70 million games have been played.

Halo: Reach launched exclusively for the Xbox 360 on September 14, and before the week was out, Microsoft and Bungie already had a significant win to tout. During its first 24 hours on the market, Halo: Reach logged sales to the tune of $200 million in the US and Europe alone. That figure easily bested Halo 3's $170 million day-one sales, though it also came up well shy of the $310 million high-water mark set by the multiplatform Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Today, Bungie has returned to offer a more granular look at the performance of its final entrant in the Halo franchise before shifting focus to its Activision project. Though Bungie didn't offer a specific player count, the Washington-based developer said that Reach's number of online unique users during the first week of availability was equivalent to that of Halo 3's unique online users over the past 45 days.

Halo: Reach's opening week figures easily bested Halo 3's.

As far as concurrent users go, Halo: Reach's first-week numbers surpassed Halo 3's all-time high by more than 65 percent, Bungie said. The studio went on to note that more than 70 million games were played from September 13-20, with more than 2 million files uploaded to the File Shares server. In terms of playtime, gamers have spent more than 5,901 years combined in online games.

Despite the solid performance, Halo: Reach was not the top Xbox Live title for the week of September 13 in terms of unique users. After some confusion, Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 retained its seat atop the play chart, still going strong since its November 2009 launch. Bungie noted today, though, that its "sources" indicate that Halo: Reach has managed to unseat Modern Warfare 2 into week two.

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293 comments
RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

I don't understand why all these MW2 fanboys click on articles of a game that don't pertain to the broken, cheap mw2 game. At least Bungie improved on Halo with every new Halo game they released, and didn't recycle anything like IW did with MW2. The fanboys refuse to admit that even thought they know it's true.

__Skaarj
__Skaarj

i havent been able to play MW:2 since the first dlc pack came out.. called microsoft and they said they had no idea what the problem is and i still cant play it to this day.screw MW:2.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

I was playing Reach... I refuse to deal with MW2 online anymore.

delta3074
delta3074

good sales for an awesome game.

bullyyyyyy
bullyyyyyy

@SniperFire17 that is my opinion so shut your holes up ! :P

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

I'm glad that Bungie can take their poster child, and instead of making it stale, they constantly improve and polish it. Halo is a great series, and I'm glad to see that it's still doing well.

BigStik
BigStik

@petspaps oh well... patience is a virtue.

petspaps
petspaps

@BigStik Don't do that to me I probably won't even get it till next week, after my holidays :"(

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

I have played & enjoyed all of the Halo games (including Halo:Wars) and Halo:Reach is the best IMHO... It makes me sad that Bungie is moving on.. I guess we can't have Halo games forever xD

Flint247
Flint247

For people who say this game is the same as the previous Halos, hasn't even played all of them. They ALL have differences.

BigStik
BigStik

@petspaps sympathies... you're missing out on something pretty good.

petspaps
petspaps

i am srsly depressed. i haven't got that game yet

organbank
organbank

Not too bad for a generic Halo rip off clone game

BigStik
BigStik

@Rovelius You shall be spared when I destroy the world. Wait... that didn't come out right.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@BigStik You have my respect for this humble comment.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@SaltyMeatballs My gripe with FPS's isn't related to that. I evaluate a game from the enjoyment it provides, and I consider one like LBP, where you create stuff, to be more enjoyable and legitimate than merely shooting at people. I know it goes beyond that but I've just grown tired of it. So far, Borderlands and Bad Company 2 are the only 2 shooters this gen who managed to impress me, the rest I found to be repetitive and without much substance. It's hard for me to imagine people are actually pre-ording Black Ops that much. But that's beyond me I guess. Ah and if you're curious to see what people will do with LBP2, I can direct you to these users' Youtube channels : Sackinima, TheFinalBurst and ChimpanzeePS3. All 3 of them are uploading various stages from the LBP2 beta currently going on and it's amazing to see how varied the game already is. Much more than LBP1 anyway. And sorry for the confusion :P

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

I am actually surprised at this stat, but well done on Bungie's part for sending the series off with a superb sequel. :D

BigStik
BigStik

wow, did i seriously just get 29 likes in one comment? that's like a record or something. o_0

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@BigStik "no matter how hard you fight for your own console, nintendo/microsoft/sony are not going pay you. no ones going to give you any rewards. just shut up and play the god damn games." WORD!!! couldn't have said it any better myself. the only reason fanboys are fanboys are to convince THEMSELVES they made the right choice.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@ stocko2k thanks. I like a PC gamer that can admit that playing a FPS on your couch can be fun. I used to be a hardcore PC gamer. I have shifted mostly to consoles now, but owe my roots to PC games. I hate PC fanboys who say only PC FPS are good. they have their merits on both systems (too bad the same cant be said about RTS). PC fanboys who dont play Killzone and Halo are missing out on a hell of lot of fun. (and I think the Killzone single player is better than halo, but halo multiplayer is better than killzone. but halo story is better. you know what? it doesnt matter because they are both GREAT franchises. If you can afford both systems then do it!!! if not, be happy with which ever one you are stuck with, they are both great)

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

AND halo ODST was a total rip off, but I loved the single player. your crazy if you didnt like it. maybe its more for grownups and that the problem with some people. bunjie said it was going to be 20 bucks. Bunjie wanted it to be 20 bucks. micro$oft is the one who jacked the price.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I love COD modern warfare. I will actully go as far to say say that it is more fun that HALO, but Halo takes SKILL!!! anybody can pick up COD and rack up some kills and do well. you have be to be good, really good to kick !@! in halo. some goes for Battle field. I wont say COD is spray and prey and but its as close as you can get. COD is more like a bag of M and Ms. simple really sweet, but short. Halo is like a steak dinner. Takes time and strategy to tackle that.

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

@Rovelius: I didn't say Forge was superior. I just said it allows you to be "imaginative and creative". Which is what you were complaining about in FPS's and whatnot. My criticism about LBP2 only being 2D/sidescrolling shouldn't be mistaken as me trying to say that. But it's good to know LBP2 can do full 3D games. Can't wait to see what people do with it.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@SaltyMeatBalls I'm gonna go ahead and repeat myself. I am well aware of Forge's potential after messing with it a lot. Which places me in a more credible position than you because I played LBP1 for more than 150 hours and, by comparing the new features, I know exactly what are gonna be the new possibilities in LBP2. By the way, you CAN have 3D in LBP2 thanks to the new cameras. It's not "all 2D or sidescrolling". Not to mention the fact that you can create ANY game genre in LBP2, you can't do that with Forge... you should look up "lbp2 features list" on Google, first link. Read that and tell me if Forge is still superior... of course that is pointless to do if you never played LBP1. LBP2 is the closest to a user-friendly game engine we'll probably ever get. Even garry's mod is now light years behind.

Vodoo
Vodoo

As far as the single-player campaign goes... I would rate the halo games in this order from best to worst... Halo 1 and Halo Reach tied, Halo 3, Halo 2, Halo 3 ODST. As far as the Multiplayer goes I would rate them in this order... Halo 2, Halo Reach, Halo 1, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST. Halo ODST was a dark stain on the Halo franchise and was crap as far as I'm concerned. It was the worst all-around game. Halo Reach is definately the best all-around Halo game as far as single & multiplayer goes.

Fajonkel
Fajonkel

Guys, Halo is a 360 exclusive, and always has been. Quit complaining about it not being multi platform, that doesn't make it a better game. Saying you want it multi platform is a way of saying "I wish my console had better games". I"m not a huge Halo fan, but this is definately the best one yet, especially the amount of customizability.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

Not surprising at all for a high quality game with an already huge fanbase. Bungie did a great job with this series all around. Reach's campaign wasn't as awsome as I hoped it would be, but it's still a fantastic game.

steelmouth
steelmouth

this is not really news is it? we all knew halo was gonna do all this and more

stocko2k
stocko2k

read through 3 pages of b*tching from 360 and ps3 players "killzones gonna pwn halo" "halo is so good i f*cked the case and i'm hoping i can have its baby" "halo> mw2" i only own a ps3 and pc so cant sit down and play reach as much as i would like but fom what ive played its a great game, i personally still prefer halo2 in the series but thats cause it was the game that brought online fps to my sofa.

Col-Struckin
Col-Struckin

For an console exclusive it sold very very well

huzybatan
huzybatan

@maybock3000 agree with 2 and 3 but for the second point i rather wait an extra few min than to be put inside a game that is nearly over

maybock3000
maybock3000

only 3 things I don't like about this game. 1). No energy draining ball in multiplayer. 2) It can still take a few minuets to get a multiplayer game started. 3) Gamers are still quiting mid-game, leaving teamates hanging on for dear life.......

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

@Rovelius: I was merely pointing out that Forge and Custom games allows you to be imaginative and creative. You don't even have to create a shooting map. And to say it's a Halo 3 feature does it no justice, as it's much improved. Night and day. From what I've seen on LBP2, it has potential, but it's having problems creating full 3D games. They are all 2D or sidescrolling. Which is not bad, but it's limited.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Wow, sounds like a page from Sony's software reporting (smoke and mirror) book.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@Shawcross @SaltyMeatballs Forge is VERY far from LBP2 in terms of possibilities, and that's the only important aspect of a map editor. Remember, Forge is nothing more than a feature in Halo 3, LBP2 it's the whole point of the game, everything is designed towards content creation. You can't argue with that... I wonder why my comment got so many thumbs down though, it's not like I'm saying shooters are bad... I'm just tired of them.

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

@Ozzie234 7/10 huh? Where did you pull those numbers from? probably somewhere dark and stinky. I can tell you this. as a fan of Halo 1, 2, 3 and ODST. Reach is the best by a longshot!

zzamaro
zzamaro

@ Obviously wrong, what if MW2 were ON a single console? Sales COULD have been even higher than it is on first day. Destroying Halo completely.

UserName521
UserName521

Ozzie234 This troll obvouisly did not read the article, let alone play the game.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

hope Bunjie has free reign to make a multi-platform game next so all players can get a taste of Bunjie magic.

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

Something smells fishy when Microsoft (and Bungie) goes out and claim Xbox live figures for most played games is wrong, with Reach only getting THIRD place. 7 out of 10 hardcore Halo-freaks is DEEPLY disappointed with Reach, that I can tell you. And the poor numbers on Live was probably true as well.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I thought this game was gonna suck hard like halo 3 but because of all the hype I had to at least try it and I can honestly say it was freaking awesome!

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

Reach is such an awesome game. I haven't felt this excited about a Halo game since Halo 2. I just wish I had online cuz I bet the matchmaking is crazy as ever like it was on Halo 3.

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Reach is holding up great, tons of fun online and with friends :D Kudos to Bungie for getting some fantastic sale numbers.

coaltango
coaltango

in my opinion the best game of 2010 is Starcraft 2