Halo 5: Guardians Is The Most-Played Xbox Game During Its Launch Week

Posted by | November 04, 2015 | News, Xbox One | No Comments
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The newest game in the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians, has been a record money-maker for Xbox and developer 343 Industries.

The numbers given to us by Xbox cover sales of the video game itself, plus associated branded hardware. That includes the Xbox One bundles, branded Xboxes, and controllers as well.

Totaling all those things, Halo 5 has made 400 million dollars during its launch week. Since the franchise debuted back in 2001, it has now made over 5 billion dollars.

“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,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer. Halo has been Xbox’s flagship series since the beginning. Its arrival on current-gen consoles has been a long time coming, and during the launch week it was the most-played game on Xbox One and Xbox Live.

In a statement, Xbox said that, “fans have logged more than 21 million hours of total gameplay, including 12 million hours in campaign mode alone.”

7 million multiplayer matches have been played since the games October 27 release. The Halo World Championships will start in December and run through March of 2016. The cumulative prize pool put together by the community has reached 1.5 million dollars.

Halo 5: Guardians came out on October 27 for the Xbox One. Our reviewer Chris Jaech thought this was one of the best Halo campaign stories yet. The multiplayer, too, is geared towards long-time fans and offers competitive fun.

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