‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Notches Biggest Launch in Franchise History

Halo 5: Guardians” has become the biggest launch in “Halo” franchise history as well as the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive.

According to Microsoft, the newly released sci-fi shooter pulled in more than $400 million worldwide between game and hardware-bundled sales. “Halo 5” also brought the lifetime earning for the series, which spans all the way back to “Halo: Combat Evolved” for the original Xbox in Nov. 2001, to over $5 billion.

“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,” Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, said. “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.”

Those who purchased the game also spent a lot of time playing it in the game’s first week of availability; it was the Xbox One’s most-played game for the week with over 21 million hours being played, and 12 million spent just on the campaign.

“Halo 5: Guardians” was released last Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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