E3 2014: Interesting Facts About Halo Over The Years

Interesting facts:

  • More than 60 million copies of “Halo” games have been sold worldwide.

  • The “Halo” franchise has generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales to date.

  • “Halo 4” surpassed more than $220 million in worldwide sales in the first 24 hours and more than $300 million worldwide in its first week, making it the biggest “Halo” launch in history.

  • “Halo: Reach” generated more than $200 million in sales in the United States and Europe in its first 24 hours, eclipsing all previous 2010 U.S. entertainment launches, including the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood blockbusters “Iron Man 2,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3.”


  • First-day sales of “Halo 3” reached $170 million in the U.S., breaking all previous single day entertainment launch records, and breaking the record held by “Halo 2” ($125 million).

  • “Halo” games are bestsellers on both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 platforms. “Halo: Combat Evolved” and “Halo 2” were the top two selling games on Xbox, and “Halo 3,” “Halo: Reach” and “Halo 4” are three of the bestselling games on Xbox 360.

  • More than 11 million copies of the “Halo” series of books, comics and strategy guides have been sold. Twelve of the 14 novels are New York Times bestsellers.

  • The live-action digital series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” which premiered on Oct. 5, 2012, has generated more than 59 million total views across all online content.

  • In its first week after launching on Oct. 22, the “Halo 4” soundtrack broke franchise records by peaking at #50 on Billboard’s top 200, #10 in the United States Independent Album charts, and #3 in the National U.S. Soundtrack chart.

  • The “Halo 3” soundtrack made the Billboard 200 on Dec. 15, 2007, and also reached a peak position of #18 on Billboard’s Top Soundtracks list, and #20 on Top Independent Albums. The “Halo: Reach” soundtrack eclipsed the success of all previous “Halo” soundtracks when it reached the #8 spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Soundtracks list on Sept. 23, 2010.

  • For the “Halo 4” launch, the Didact glyph fly-over was the largest and brightest man-made flying structure to ever fly over London, measuring 50ft in diameter and weighing 3.2 tons. In total there were 113,096 LEDs onboard.

  • More than 2.7 million people played the “Halo: Reach” Multiplayer Beta in May 2010 over two weeks, surpassing all previous console video game beta tests on record, and tripling the number of players who participated in the “Halo 3” Multiplayer Beta in half the amount of time.

  • Since the launch of “Halo 3,” players have generated more than 120 million pieces of user-generated content from within the game.

  • More than 6 billion hours of “Halo” gameplay has been logged by players on Xbox Live.

  • The “Halo” franchise averages over 3 million online users per month across all titles.

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