60 Million Halo Games Sold

Microsoft announces new lifetime sales milestone for blockbuster sci-fi FPS franchise.

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Microsoft has sold more than 60 million Halo titles worldwide since the franchise debuted on the original Xbox thirteen years ago with Halo: Combat Evolved. This is up from the 50 million milestone announced in December 2012.

The 60 million figure would include the numbered games (Halo 1-4), spinoffs such as Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo Wars, as well as Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. On Xbox Live, gamers have played various Halo titles for more than 6 billion hours, Microsoft said.

That's equivalent to around 684,000 years.

By comparison, franchises such as Mario, Pokemon, Need for Speed, Final Fantasy, LEGO, Grand Theft Auto, and FIFA have each sold more than 100 million copies. An important distinction for Halo, however, is it is a Microsoft exclusive series, meaning it does not show up on competing platforms.

The next Halo game is November's Xbox One bundle, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes remastered versions of Halo 1-4, as well as a handful of other bonuses. In 2015, Microsoft will release Halo 5: Guardians (though you can play its beta in December), and it sounds like many more Halo games are likely to follow.

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I like how the article says that Halo is an exclusive series and doesn't show up on other platforms but mentions Mario and Pokemon, you know, those games that are exclusive and don't show up on other platforms...

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Not bad,eh?
And people are starving for more :-)

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Oh man! 60 million! I better ignore all personal preference, platform boundaries, reviews, and common sense and just go buy them all!

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wth? pokemon sold over 100 million?

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@Sohaim There are like what 40 different Pokemon games compared to 8 Halo games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Don't forget that Pokemon has been out longer.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol.My thoughts too.

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"An important distinction for Halo, however, is it is a Microsoft exclusive series, meaning it does not show up on competing platforms."

Neither does mario or pokemon.

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So? Mario Bros has been around since 1985. Pokemon has had 14 games across some of the most successful platforms in history. I am not discounting them, they are great selling franchises, but Halo was sold across a much less popular platform, with fewer releases (how many Mario/Mario spinoffs are there again?)

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Gran Turismo has sold over 71 million copies. 11 million more than Halo and it's only been sold on one platform PlayStation. Plus Gran Turismo 7 is coming out next year so it's going to sell at least 4-5 million copies. Just saying dude.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think You should request in your will that on your tombstone when you die (50 to 71 years from now perhaps) that it'd be written: "Grand Turismo has sold 71 million copies" was his favorite and most enduring quote!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I don't think he is trying to say anything thing negative about Halo, I think he is just pointing out how flawed the sentence in question was.

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Great milestone. Can't wait for the MCC.

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Halo deserves these numbers, it's a fantastic franchise.

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It will be 65 million in about 5 weeks.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You're way off.... 20 days, 21 hours, 47 minutes and zero seconds... not much of a Halo fan are you?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ouch that hurt. I wasn't 100% sure of the launch date.But will be buying on Launch day. I know its in November.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> November 11th, and i just pre-ordered and pre-downloaded my digital copy on saturday, it's nice to know i have it already, it sucks to know i still have to wait 3 weeks uggggggh

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Should already be download brah

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I have bought every one of the Halo games thus far. This is Microsoft's flagship series for a good reason. It is a lot of fun. Plus a decent storyline. 60 million sold across the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox one. Halo is the main reason why the Xbox brand has done very well. Master Chief collection and Halo 5 will continue the tradition on Xbox one.

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Square Enix would probably deem the Halo franchise as unsuccessful.....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 60 millions copies in 13 years on one platform? Unsuccessful?

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Gran Turismo has sold 71 million copies in 19 years so that's pretty good for a PS exclusive. 11 million more than Halo. But Halo is a great franchise regardless.

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i'm sorry, is that supposed to be impressive? I don't mean to be oppositiional or anything, but hasn't GTA sold just as much if not more? just in the last 2 or 3 games? I kind of figured it was in the hundreds of millions the way Microsoft people rant about it. It's had what? 6 or 7 games now. It's this "transcendent" game franchise. .......this just feels a little underwhelming to me.


good for Halo, i guess. but compared to other franchises......sort of.....i don't know, less than i expected i guess

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Compared to GTA you are right but compare that number to ANY exclusive game on Playstation and I bet that number is VERY impressive. I can't deny that Mario is still the greater franchise even though it has been around almost twice as long.

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Gran Turismo 71.10 million copies, more than Halo. But for an fps shooter yes that is very impressive but compare it to the highest selling racing sim and ps exclusive not so much.

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I think it is impressive for a franchise that is, for the most part, single platform. Sure they released several of them on PC, but they were most popular on the XBOX consoles. The PC versions account for only a small percentage of the total sales. I don't think it is fair to compare it to GTA figuring GTA is also on Sony consoles.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Super Mario 64 by itself sold 11 million copies, and another 6 million copies when it was remade for the DS.

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That was impressive, especially for a game that tried to reinvent the series. I didn't much care for it due to the camera system, but it was insanely popular.

Halo 3 did better... it sold 14.5 million copies, which beat out any COD game on the 360.

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Gran Turismo has sold over 71+ million copies in total and is the most selling PS exclusive ever. Still stands the test of time as one of the best racing sims just like Halo is one of the best Sci Fi fps shooters of all time. Gran Turismo 3 sold 14.89 million copies and is the highest sold racing Sim ever. That's pretty impressive for a PlayStation exclusive.

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Sick! Can't wait for MCC!!

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As far as consoles are concerned, this is one of the best FPS series ever and is much more demanding (skill wise) than most others on the market.

Congrats ms, will be picking up the collection and looking forward to the next entry in the haloverse

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The Master Chief must be rich right now, he ain't going nowhere.

Congratulations Halo on this amazing achievement sales.

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Now im scared to hear cod numbers

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80 million sold worldwide. You heard it here folks.

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Pachter lied to me. Again.

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So... if they sell 5 million MCCs that's 30 million more halo games sold lol


Note: there are 6 games in mcc halo 1-4 plus halo 1-2 anniversaries.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> of course it won't be viewed the same when it comes to revenue. That 60 mil is at 59.99USD a pop

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> as games like halo turn to be cheaper after a few mounths its obvious less then 60$ per copy ...

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