Halo sales hit 46 million

Microsoft parses statistics for its sci-fi shooter on eve of Halo 4 launch next week; more than 5 billion hours played on Xbox Live.

The Halo franchise is one of Microsoft's crown jewels, and now the company has revealed just how lucrative the series has been. Since launch in 2001, gamers have purchased more than 46 million Halo games, driving nearly $3 billion in revenue, Microsoft announced today.

Microsoft went on to break down the launches of past entries in the franchise, stating first-day sales of Halo 2 hit $125 million, with Halo 3 notching $170 during its first day, and Halo: Reach besting that game with more than $200 million in sales during its first 24 hours.

Halo 4 is due out next week for Xbox 360. It is the first numbered entry in the series developed outside Bungie Studios, and Microsoft spent more money developing that game than any other title in the company's history.

In all, more than 5 billion hours of Halo have been played while connected to Xbox Live. The last official tally of Halo popularity came from Bungie earlier this year. The developer released an infographic revealing gamers had played 20 billion games and racked up more than 100,000,000,000 total kills across Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach.

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Sir_Hennekom
Sir_Hennekom

This game is so full of "Meh" might haved played it if M$ didnt own it...Hate those guys so much...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I love Halo games, oh not because they're any good...it just keeps the snot-nosed pre-teen brats and mountain dew guzzling angry 20 somethings busy and out of my CoD games...

wexorian
wexorian

this is another bad news FPS rule on game market sucks :)))

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Well come on Tuesday or maybe the midnight release, so I can play this already.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Microsoft parses statistics.... Never seen or heard the word parses. I am pretty sure I figured out what it means based on the text, but just to be sure, what is it?

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

They would sell more if they finished the series on the PC!!

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

I'm fairly confident that Halo 4 will live up to Bungie's titles, I have the LE pre-ordered and am expecting it to be better than Reach at least. Won't know for certain until we've played it, though.

 

The multiplayer is a pretty sure bet, we know a lot about it and have seen tons of footage. The campaign could be great, I wouldn't be surprised if it is, but we just haven't seen very much of it yet. 

vault-boy
vault-boy

Really looking forward to the campaign! The story is getting a lot of notice it seems and I really hope that they put as much into it as they said they did. With any luck it's going to be nice, lengthy campaign with a great story and awesome gameplay. This is a big deal for Microsoft and 343, and its almost time for them to show the world what they've got. 

Dinostrich
Dinostrich

I hope this game is done right.  Judging from what I've seen it has been.  But I will hold my judgement until the game comes out.  Reach, for me, was a step back and to the side.  Halo 3 I played religiously and Reach's campaign/multiplayer just did not cut it for me.  This looks like it will put Halo on the map again; hopefully I will be playing Halo religiously again. 

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

SPAZ.  I had no idea this game was so close to release.  I hadn't seen "alot" of stuff about it.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention.  I can't play it anyway, but looking forward to this release.

ArtickF8
ArtickF8

Xbox 360 + Halo > Everything else.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

SO DAMN READY FOR THIS! Just ordered a 120gb HDD finally.. primarily so I can install Halo and never leave my house.

bmart970
bmart970

You know that's right. Halo all the way!

Flint247
Flint247

Halo 4 is going to be fun. :)

SolidTy
SolidTy

I hope new developer 343 can deliver what people expect.

Mabrry
Mabrry

Great looking game, great series, great everything. I can't wait to start up Halo 4 with a bunch of buds monday night!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

 @JestersmilesCS is a dying franchise on a dying platform...don't let the that ship swallow you up when it finshes sinking....

 

Link3301
Link3301

 @GamerMani What about Counter-Strike or Team Fortress? They're pretty big?

stylechyld
stylechyld

 @GamerMani couldn't agree more, someone said gears..I don't think so..those 4 smack the living daylights out of gears...epic is not as powerful as they once were..

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @steelmouth

 I am not a Halo fan at all, but I will say ACIII was probably the most hyped game I can remember and it's doing all right, while Halo 4 didn't get half the hype of it and it seems the consensus is a lot better, at least for now.

stylechyld
stylechyld

 @CivilizedPsycho i don't think people give a damn how much did cost to make halo..all they care is if the game is worth the value of $60.

steelmouth
steelmouth

 @CivilizedPsycho they have made it all back already with pre-orders every cent from next week is all profit and goes to bill gates wallet

 

bmart970
bmart970

 @Spartan_418 I agree with you. I have LE preordered and coming from Amazon on release day. The pro gamers who have played Halo 4 in Dallas say that it is much better than Reach. I think the campaign with be great as well. I guess we just have to wait three days.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @CivilizedPsycho Was a bit surprised to see that Reach exceeded Halo 3's launch numbers. Reach's marketing campaign and launch seemed more subdued than Halo 3's, from what I remember.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @DarthLod "Milk" only applies if the quality of a series is actually declining, and Halo's quality, in my opinion, isn't.Reach haters will say otherwise, of course.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @DarthLod Every time I see you here you just seem to bitch bitch bitch!

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @Ferg1213 time to get off work for a week, get loads of munchies, get the special edition halo and have one hell of a week...... god i sound like a nerd but i dont give a fuck. its halo after all lol. 

ArtickF8
ArtickF8

 @MabrryTechnically, it'll be Tuesday morning... But who gives a fuck :)

 

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

 @Ferg1213  @GamerMani yeah he forgot to mention Gears of War 1,2,3 and I really do not see ME MP being any where near the top of the list. AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelstions and now AC3, and I don't maybe Rainbow 6: Vegas 2.

stylechyld
stylechyld

 @tightwad34 

the discussion is about shooters!  ACIII is not a shooter you know that right?

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @stylechyld That's the only thing I'm interested in anyway. If the game is good enough and I don't have over 9000(!!!) games to play already I'll buy it. Doesn't matter what company it's from or how much it cost or anything like that. Things like EA's Origin and other non-game thingies attached to the game might make me more sceptic, but that won't stop me if I think the game is really good.

Link3301
Link3301

 @Spartan_418  @DarthLod Actually no milk applies regardless. However, if the games are still quality, then milking just means more of a good thing.

jayjay444
jayjay444

P.S my gf isnt going to be happy she's being ignored for a week.......... cool:)

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

 @Link3301  @Ferg1213  @GamerMani I know AC is not a shooter, but the MP is being more played online at the moment and if you are going on that logic then ME3 is not a shooter either because it is a action/RPG despite it being watered down.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @stylechyld

 I think you missed my point. I was just saying ACIII  got way, way, more hype than Halo 4, or any game for that matter. And Halo 4 is getting more praise from critics. If you look at the comment above the one you responded to, it says let the hype begin and I was just commenting off of that.