Halo 5 Reaches $400 Million in Sales to Become Biggest Halo Launch Ever

"The game represents all the possibilities of Xbox One."

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Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians generated more than $400 million in global sales during its first week, meaning the Xbox One game is now the "biggest Halo launch" of all time. The figure includes sales of games and hardware, and drives Halo franchise lifetime revenue to over $5 billion.

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By comparison, 2012's Halo 4 generated $220 million its its first 24 hours and around $300 million in its first week. A specific unit sales number for Halo 5 was not announced.

In addition, Halo 5 has become the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive ever, while it also enjoyed the highest launch-week attach rate (game sold with console) for any first-party Xbox One game. On top of that, Halo 5 was the most-played Xbox One game overall on Xbox Live during its launch week.

"Fans have logged more than 21 million hours of total gameplay, including 12 million hours in campaign mode alone," Microsoft said in a statement. "The widely praised multiplayer modes have also led to nine million total hours played with nearly seven million multiplayer matches played across Arena and the all-new Warzone mode. In addition, Halo fans are taking to the new Requisition System in a big way, with over 45 million REQ Packs acquired, totaling more than 568 million REQ Cards."

Microsoft also announced that Halo 5 has become the "best-selling digital game ever" through the Xbox Store during its launch week.

"The success of Halo 5: Guardians is a testament to the innovative work from the entire team at 343 Industries to bring this installment to Xbox One and the incredible community of fans who have come to love the story, characters and gameplay central to the franchise," Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a statement. "The game represents all the possibilities of Xbox One and has earned its place as the anchor title in the greatest holiday games lineup in Xbox history."

Halo 5's launch on October 27 represents only the start for the game. Microsoft plans to launch more than 15 free DLC maps by summer 2016, while the $1 million Halo World Championship gaming event will begin later this year. Looking further out, 343 Industries has started work on Halo 6.

For more on Halo 5, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

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