Halo franchise sells 46 million games for Microsoft

Microsoft has a lot riding on Halo 4, the next game in the gaming franchise that helped to also launch its Xbox game console business over 10 years ago. Today, the company offered up some statistics on the entire Halo series, and they are quite impressive.

Joystiq reports that since the first Halo game was released in 2001, the Halo franchise has sold a total of 46 million units, generating a whopping $3 billion in revenue. The Halo franchise has almost exclusively been developed by Bungie, who created Halo and Halo 2 for the original Xbox console, and Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST and Halo Reach for the Xbox 360.

Halo 1 and 2 were also ported to the PC, although not directly by Bungie. Halo Wars, the only Halo game that's not a FPS (it was a RTS game) was the last game to be made by Ensemble Studios before Microsoft shut down the team in 2009.

Microsoft also said today that 5 billion hours of game time have been put into Halo games by players on Xbox Live. That will likely increase with the launch of Halo 4 next week. It will be the first game developed by Microsoft's own 343 Industries team.

Source: Joystiq | Image via Microsoft

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Hardcore Til I Die said,

So excited

Usually book a day off work, but I have no holiday left now until next year! Might have to pull a sicky


Dot Matrix said,
Where the **** is 3 and 4 for PC, Microsoft!? >

If they will ever be released, they'll be released well into the next console generation.

Dot Matrix said,
Where the **** is 3 and 4 for PC, Microsoft!? >

Funny considering Halo was originally designed to be a PC game and not a console game.

Shadowzz said,

Funny considering Halo was originally designed to be a PC game and not a console game.

Um, I thought Halo was Orignally suppose to be on Mac.... Ms bought out Bungie to put it on PC then, side step to the XBox....

Dot Matrix said,
Where the **** is 3 and 4 for PC, Microsoft!? >

I gave up on Halo for PC ... MS really found the mental retard ball and does not want to relinquish it

MikadoWu said,

Um, I thought Halo was Originally suppose to be on Mac.... Ms bought out Bungie to put it on PC then, side step to the XBox....

A mac port of Halo 1 exist for the Mac. It is a PPC app, however. Halo 2 is for Windows Vista only, although there are hacks to use it on XP and 7.

Tyler R. said,

A mac port of Halo 1 exist for the Mac. It is a PPC app, however. Halo 2 is for Windows Vista only, although there are hacks to use it on XP and 7.

Huh? Halo 2 runs fine on any OS beyond Vista without any hacks needed. Hell, I just installed it yesterday on my Win8 install, and the only thing it needed was an update to Games for Windows Live.

Tyler R. said,

A mac port of Halo 1 exist for the Mac. It is a PPC app, however. Halo 2 is for Windows Vista only, although there are hacks to use it on XP and 7.

Yes. As Dot matrix said, it installs correctly on win 7. I believe it was Originally made to work only on vista to help promote vista. referred to as "Halo 2 vista" I do remember the days where you had to use "hacks" to install halo 2 on xp. That game had soo many problems, unlike the xbox version. It wasn't nearly as successful as halo 1 pc and that's why there was no halo 3 pc.

Dot Matrix said,

Huh? Halo 2 runs fine on any OS beyond Vista without any hacks needed. Hell, I just installed it yesterday on my Win8 install, and the only thing it needed was an update to Games for Windows Live.

Like I stated before: You can also run it on XP if you hack it. There are also many people (including myself) that had minor problems installing it on 7. Just Google "Halo 2 on 7" Links:

http://social.technet.microsof...197a-4e9c-8d2d-f4a08ec2e0ec