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Halo Wars hits one million sales worldwide

Thursday, 19th March 2009 15:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Halo Wars has hit one million sales worldwide, making it the best selling strategy title for Xbox 360.

Released last month, the game has attracted over 2.6 million multiplayer matches via XBL – 118 years of combined time, apparently – with an average of 200,000 users logging in to play daily.

Press release after the jump.

LONDON – 19th March 2009 – Microsoft today announced that sales of “Halo Wars” have reached more than one million units worldwide, making the exclusive Xbox 360 title the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console. With a revolutionary control scheme designed expressly for the Xbox 360 controller and a riveting story that takes “Halo” fans deeper into the “Halo” universe, “Halo Wars” is breaking new ground for the strategy genre by introducing a new wave of fans to strategy games and reminding existing fans why it’s so fun.

Set in the year 2525, “Halo Wars” takes players on a perilous journey through the famed “Halo” universe. As players take the command seat in the early, epic battles between the UNSC and Covenant, they will begin to unravel events 20 years before “Halo: Combat Evolved” that shaped the franchise into what it is today.

Since the game’s release throughout Asia on February 26 and subsequent launches in Europe and the Americas, fans around the world have been taking full advantage of “Halo Wars’” rich Xbox LIVE gameplay. To date:

• There have been more than 2.6 million multiplayer matches played
• More than 118 years of time has been spent in multiplayer matches on Xbox LIVE
• On average, more than 200,000 “Halo Wars” fans have taken up arms in battles between the UNSC and Covenant each day
• For more statistics and game information, fans can visit the official stats page at: http://www.halowars.com/stats/globalstats.aspx
But these initial explosive battles in “Halo Wars” are just beginning. Microsoft is working closely with partner and newly formed studio Robot Entertainment, which is comprised of “Halo Wars” and “Age of Empires” veterans from Ensemble Studios. More Halo Wars content is being prepared, so stay tuned.

“Halo Wars” is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and 16+ PEGI and is available worldwide. “Halo Wars” is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and 16+ PEGI and is available worldwide. A demo is also available on Xbox LIVE in all LIVE enabled regions worldwide. For more information, visit Xbox.com/Halo or HaloWars.com.
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  1. Blerk

    I wonder how many of that million booted it up, said “wtf?” and then took it back to the shop? :-D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Monk

    blerk, is the game so horrible ?

    because i`m wona to buy it next week

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Whizzo

    I believe Blerk’s point is that some people have bought it under the ill-informed belief it was a first person shooter rather than an RTS.

    Considering the amount of demo downloads there were I really hope that number is very small!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    What Whizzo said.

    Personally I didn’t much like it. But I’m neither a Halo nor an RTS fan, so what the hell do I know? :-)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not a Halo, or an RTS fan either, but I really enjoyed it.

    I bought it based on the demo, and I enjoyed the whole campaign, loads.

    The online is really good too.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Michael O'Connor

    “I believe Blerk’s point is that some people have bought it under the ill-informed belief it was a first person shooter rather than an RTS.”

    You guys make a lot of pretty bogus claims. So, who exactly has done this?

    Congrats on the success of the game.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Come on, Michael! Get with the ‘snide comedy comments’ programme!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. deftangel

    Awesome stuff, Ensemble deserve to go out with a bang. It’s a good game :)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    The good news for ex-ensemble is that it should ensure one of the new studios has a chance at a chunk of DLC cash.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Retroid

    It’s rather good, I’ve nearly completed the campaign mode and had two reasonable online matches! :o

    #10 5 years ago