Microsoft’s big Fall games lineup is paying big dividends, as reports now indicate that Halo 5: Guardians is the fastest-selling Halo game ever.
As if that wasn’t enough, Halo 5 is also the Xbox One’s biggest game so far, with more than $400 million in global console and game sales, lifting the lifetime earnings of the series over the $5 billion mark. It comes as no surprise then to learn that Guardians was also the most played Xbox One game during its opening week and now has the highest attach rate of any first-party game on the console.
In a press release, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer had this to say regarding Halo 5’s enormous success so far:
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. 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.”
While it’s hardly a shock to see a new Halo game reach high sales numbers, the fact that Halo 5 had the best launch in series history is quite the accomplishment considering some pre-release controversy surrounding missing features, such as the removal of split-screen gameplay. It will be interesting to see how this impacts the next few months of console sales and whether or not Halo 5’s success is enough to give Microsoft the edge over Sony’s dominant PlayStation 4.