Halo: Combat Evolved was first introduced in 2001, followed by a slew of additional games such as Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo Reach, among others. When the first game in the Halo franchise was launched, no one had a clue just how huge it would become but now 13 years later, more than 60 million copies of the whole series has been sold throughout the world.
In an official announcement from Microsoft, the Halo franchise has surpassed 60 million copies in sales since first launching in 2001. Of all Microsoft franchises for the Xbox brand, Halo is by far the most sought after. The Xbox console hit huge popularity after the release of the first two Halo games but that popularity was quickly solidified for users around the globe thanks to subsequent games.
According to statistics, players have logged in more than six billion hours on Xbox live, just for the Halo franchise! Although exact numbers for the sales of the franchise were not broken down by Microsoft, it appears that the best-selling game of the series is Halo 3, which in 2012, sold more than 14.5 million copies.
On November 11, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will debut on the Xbox One, followed by Halo 5: Guardians to be released on an unspecified date in 2015. However, for players interested in buying the current Halo release, preorders are currently being accepted and if preferred, the game can be pre-downloaded.
When it was indicated that Master Chief would not be a primary character in Halo 5: Guardians, players were none too happy. After all, with it being the first title launched in the next generation Xbox One console, they expected the game would be far more superior.
Now with Microsoft confirming Master Chief will in fact be a significant character, opposed to Agent Locke, sells of the upcoming Halo 5 should skyrocket as well.