Microsoft has announced that the Halo franchise has sold more than 50 million units since the original game launched in November 2001. Just before the release of Halo 4 it was announced that 46 million units have been sold, which means that Halo 4 has sold at least four million units since its release last month. The game managed to earn $220 million in just 24 hours.
343 Industries' Frank O'Connor, speaking with CVG, has announced the next title is "in early stages of development." Also "a lot of people at 343 are already prototyping ideas and software and art for future Halo products."
"I can’t say more than that, but work on the game started actually before we launched Halo 4 and continues apace as we cycle staff through the team’s vacation breaks,” he added. “We’re excited about the next game."
O'Connor added that he is not sure if another season of Spartan Ops will be released. "Spartan Ops season 2 is yet to be decided, we're looking at how the first season does," said O'Connor. "We got such great responses from Forward Unto Dawn and Spartan Ops that we're pretty happy with it and we're learning a lot of really interesting stuff for the future. You are going to see a spectrum of Halo support though the next year and beyond."