Microsoft’s Halo 4 Sales Hits $220 Million On Launch Day [RECORD]

Yet another confirmation comes straight from the Microsoft Corp stating that the “Halo 4” video game racked up $220 million milestone in global sales on its launch day, beating records set by previous Halo 3 installments of the hit series.

It beats box office releases this year like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and the “The Avengers” — based on day-one sales in the U.S. November is certainly a month for the major franchises. With games all around the world having queued, currently in line, or about to attend for the special midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the numbers are starting to trickle through with regards to last week’s release of Halo 4. Reportedly sold out 3.1 million copies of Halo 4 in its first 24 hours, the title also eraned $220 million on day one only, and with Microsoft tipping the global $300 million to have been surpassed by tomorrow, which could be the biggest Halo launch in the history so far.

It was been five years since the release of the wildly popular Halo 3 and 11 since the first Halo game exploded on the scene. The franchise has now generated more than $3.38 billion, making it “one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world.” Halo 4, which is sold exclusively on Microsoft’s Xbox, went on sale last week for $60.

Bungie was the one behind the previous versions of Halo, and with Halo 4 being the first “proper” Halo title made by new developer 343 Industries, but inj many’s mind thinking about the most popular Xbox exclusive could still yield the interest of consumers once more, or not? Microsoft estimating total earnings of around $3.38 billion for the entire Halo series, and it did a fair job releasing the latest Halo series which has pretty resounding success though.

The next videogame that can claim blockbuster status is Activision’s CoD. Its latest release, Black Ops 2, come out tomorrow and is shaping up to be “the biggest Call of Duty game ever.” With the last release, Modern Warfare 3, surpassed $1 bllion in sales faster than the buster movie “Avatar.” The game, obviously runs across all three of the major consoles PlayStation 3. Halo 4 and Xbox 360. Figures will of course be obliterated by the numbers of Black Ops II, but even so, Microsoft and 343i will still be fairly content with the early figures. The sales units of all franchise games tend to dwindle after the first 24 hours, with most of those wanting the title having queued up especially, while with the holiday season fast-approaching, there is still plenty of time for those numbers to increase radically.

With more than four million players in the first five days. Users spent a total of 31.4 million hours playing Halo 4, pushing the total number of gameplay hours across the franchise past the five billion mark. Microsoft has been coy in dropping some exact figures, but has noted that 4 million gamers played on Xbox LIVE during the first five days, so we’d estimate somewhere between 4-4.25 million.

Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer noting of how pleased his company is that Halo 4 “has emerged as the biggest U.S. entertainment launch of the year.” Still it acquired a big victory, and with the eleven years now passed since the Halo: Combat emerged first captured the imaginations of gamers the world over, it’s fair anf clear to see the franchise still has plenty of life in it yet. (via Joystiq)