The Xbox goliath has reached an impressive milestone months before Halo 5: Guardians.
Without Halo, one could argue the Xbox console family wouldn’t have lasted more than a single generation. At this point, the franchise is as much a household name as the console itself, and with the newest data it seems the series is showing no signs of slowing down.
In a piece wrapping up SDCC coverage, Xbox Wire announced that the franchise had broken the 65 million mark and has even sold 35 million in Megablocks figurines. What makes the feat even more stunning is that Microsoft previously announced the Halo franchise sold 60 million in October of 2014 shortly before the launch of the ultimately tumultuous Master Chief Collection.
Selling five million copies of a remastered game on a console that has an install base somewhere between 10-15 million units means that roughly 33-50% of all Xbox One owners also own the MCC.
What does this all mean for Halo 5: Guardians? The two most obvious possibilities are: The larger Xbox One install base could push the game to sell more than MCC and the remastered campaigns could have introduced younger generations to the franchise OR the poor launch of MCC could cause consumers to be skeptical of the quality of work 343i put into the game which would bog down Halo 5 sales.
Who knows, with hype for the Guardians in full swing, we could be looking at one of the biggest Halo launches in many, many years.