Halo 3 sells 10 million copies worldwide - VGChartz

Halo 3 sells 10 million copies worldwide - News

by Brett Walton , posted on 13 August 2009 / 27,930 Views

Halo 3 is the first Xbox title (on either the original or 360) to break 10 million copies worldwide as of the 8th August 2009 according to VGChartz research. This makes the title only the 35th game ever to reach this mark, the full list can be found here.

After launching to an astonishing 3.8 million copies in it's first week (a record which still stands) and with an average critic score of 9.6, long-term success for Halo 3 was assured. Nearly two years after launch, the game is still a regular in the worldwide weekly top 30 selling around 30,000 copies per week. In fact, the only reason why Halo 3 is likely to drop out of the top 30 in the coming months is due to the release of Halo 3: ODST - a side quest focusing on the Orbital Drop Shock Trooper. Preorders for that title are already well over a million in the US alone so it looks like Bungie will have another huge hit on their hands.


Halo: Combat Evolved started the series back in 2001 where it launched alongside the original Xbox console and became a suprise smash hit - selling consistently until the launch of Halo 2 on the way to nearly 6.5 million units in total. The Halo franchise now stands at nearly 30 million total sales (including PC versions, add-ons, map packs, Halo Wars). The three main Halo games have sold nearly 25 million copies combined with each outselling the previous title (all figures in millions):

Japan Americas Others Worldwide
Halo 3 Xbox 360 0.12 7.24 2.64 10.00
Halo 2 Xbox 0.11 6.65 1.67 8.43
Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox 0.10 4.91 1.42 6.43

Halo 3 also takes the title as highest-selling single-platform HD game (i.e on Xbox360 or PS3 or both) this gen, although when adding Xbox 360 and PS3 then Grand Theft Auto IV and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare come out on top:

Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox360 / PS3 12.90
2 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox360 / PS3 12.13
3 Halo 3 Xbox360 10.00
4 Call of Duty: World at War Xbox360 / PS3 9.18
5 Assassin's Creed Xbox360 / PS3 7.95
6 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Xbox360 / PS3 6.18
7 Gears of War Xbox360 5.90
8 Gears of War 2 Xbox360 5.09
9 Resident Evil 5 Xbox360 / PS3 4.64
10 FIFA Soccer 09 Xbox360 / PS3 4.25
11 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 4.13
12 Forza Motorsport 2 Xbox360 3.99
13 Madden NFL 09 Xbox360 / PS3 3.93
14 Fallout 3 Xbox360 / PS3 3.90
15 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Xbox360 / PS3 3.71

So how far can Halo 3 go? As stated above, we feel that the upcoming release of ODST will slow Halo 3 sales, but another 1-2 million is still realistic, especially with budget releases and bundles. We expect ODST to sell well initially but ultimately end up at around half of Halo 3's total. Halo Reach on the other hand could be the next Halo game to challenge for ten million copies, especially being the last Halo title from Bungie. Where the series goes from there, and how many more Halo Wars style spinoffs we see is something only Microsoft knows at this point.

Halo 3 is currently available with Fable II in the "Games of the year" Xbox360 Elite hardware bundle. Halo 3: ODST launches on September 22nd and you can read the exclusive VGChartz interview with the development team here.

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XanderZane (on 04 September 2009)

Game was awesome and ODST and Reach are going to sell like crazy. GT5 isn't going to sell 10 million on the PS3. People are nuts if they actually believe that. Even FF XIII isn't going to sell 10 million.

Blackmoor (on 16 August 2009)

The most over hyped game I've played. It wasn't even that good compared to the original or the 2nd Halo

1337 Gamer (on 15 August 2009)

Good news if ANY game this gen deserves 10M sold its halo 3. The game is an absolute masterpiece especially the online! Congratz M$ and Bungie

AlkamistStar (on 15 August 2009)

disolitude said it best: "If the game sol 10 million in the first 6 months and then stopped selling, that would be hype. However the game keeps on selling..." AGREED! Congrats Bungie & Microsoft for the landmark acheivement.

Smashed (on 15 August 2009)

@eliasg That's not even close to domination bud.

Omega_Phazon_Pirate. (on 14 August 2009)

Congrats to one of the best games this generation :D. And yes there is some GT5 trolling, however I always notice in pro-GT5 threads, there ends up being either Mario Kart trolling or Forza 3 trolling.

sly777 (on 14 August 2009)

Thisi is the best game of the generation

eliasg (on 14 August 2009)

360 domination in the chartz...

PostModGuru (on 14 August 2009)

Congrats to Bungie, but I was wondering what other console games have done 10 million in under 100 weeks? It seems like that is the platinum standard in terms of software sales. Probably a very "elite" group of games...

CaptainDJ (on 14 August 2009)

Nice! Congrats Halo 3, Bungie, and Microsoft!

Hephaestos (on 14 August 2009)

gratz halo!

megaman79 (on 14 August 2009)

So first 10 million seller on a MS console ever? Good news.

binary solo (on 14 August 2009)

A thoroughly well deserved achievement. This is an iconic game synonymous with the Xbox brand. Interesting to see that it was the massive increase in Others territories (vs H2 and H:CE) that really got Halo 3 there.

silver (on 13 August 2009)

Standing ovation!!

Sapphire (on 13 August 2009)

All Hail to HALO

FaRmLaNd (on 13 August 2009)

Congrats Bungie and Microsoft. Very well deserved.

CGI-Quality (on 13 August 2009)

Congratulations Halo 3, Microsoft and Bungie. An industry milestone is always something to celebrate folks!

ameratsu (on 13 August 2009)

Corpses everywhere were teabagged to mark the occasion.

sonicshuffle (on 13 August 2009)

Woot Go Halo 3!

iron_megalith (on 13 August 2009)

Congrats Bungie although.... this looks like this thread is going to be a GT5 "POTENTIAL" thread....

Tbone (on 13 August 2009)

@Atma. I really dont wanna start a thread about Gt5 because people will turn it to a troll and flambait thread. I dont have the nerves aswell to argue of how much it will sell.

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

@Tbone If you want to argue about GT5 sales why don't you start a 132th thread on that topic? You will then realize that most of people here think like me.

Slimebeast (on 13 August 2009)

This is epic, 10 million is big sales! Big victory for MS and the Halo franchise. This thread is not about GT5 btw.

--OkeyDokey-- (on 13 August 2009)

LMAO @ atma.

Tbone (on 13 August 2009)

1. Congratz to Halo 3. 2. I agree with heruamon, i hope Gt5 releases this year so it all can be settled. 3. Atma if the rumors are true that ps3 will get a price cut of 100 euros in Europe than Gt5 will sell 5 million only in Europe.

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

I agree they are patethic...

heruamon (on 13 August 2009)

The trolls are patethic....I REALLY hope GT5 comes out soon...this needs to be settled once and for all. Gratz to the HD king!

outlawauron (on 13 August 2009)

This is about Halo and there is so much GT5 trolling.

mitlar37 (on 13 August 2009)

Way to go Halo 3 - well deserved! Awesome game. And to all the haters out there saying it's overrated - well, sales numbers are telling a different story :P

Aion (on 13 August 2009)

Yeah well deserved sales.

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

@KillerMan GT5P was released 2 years ago, was bundled and is currently at 3.07m sold. Yes I honestly think GT5 will sell around 5 mil.

KillerMan (on 13 August 2009)

Atma998: When GT5P has shipped 4milj. copies (Best selling prologue title btw) do you honestly think that GT5 will sell only 5milj. I am ready to take bet that it sells over 7milj.

Goddbless (on 13 August 2009)

We all knew this would happen, well those of us not in denial of how great Halo 3 is.

Cold Light (on 13 August 2009)

@atma988 Hell no. OK, it's no used to disputing. We will see :)

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

@Cold Light GT5 won't sell more than 5M, maybe a little more if bundled.

gichti (on 13 August 2009)

That doesn´t make it a good game, does it? And FIFA 09 > Madden 09 Thanks

Zucas (on 13 August 2009)

Very happy for Halo 3. Definitely well deserved.

Cold Light (on 13 August 2009)

@ atma988 I said anything about 10 millions? I just said that GT5 will definitely become one of the best selling single-console titles this gen. Like Halo 3. 10M isn't necessary for it, but I sure that GT5 will sell 7-9M units and it will be very good.

yungmagic09 (on 13 August 2009)

Great sales, and well deserved.

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

@XanderZane FFXIII won't reach 10 mil either on the PS3. FFVII didnt even reach that number on the mighty PS1...

KateScott (on 13 August 2009)

Has anyone heard anything solid about the Halo movie. Lots of rumours about Steven Spielberg but nothing firm. Just did an interview with the guy behind Operation Chastity, the UK Halo fan film, and that looks pretty amazing: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-08/13/halo-fan-seeks-%C2%A330,000-for-ultimate-fan-film.aspx

Sullla (on 13 August 2009)

Congratulations to Halo. Back in 2007, one of the big debates was which game would sell more, Halo 3 or Mario Galaxy. I thought that Mario Galaxy would ultimately sell more, but I was wrong. (It was Wii Fit/Mario Kart that took off instead.) mrstickball, you were right: Halo 3 had the better long-term sales!

sly777 (on 13 August 2009)

congratz to the best shooter for home console right now !

hatmoza (on 13 August 2009)

Well deserved, truly one of the best shooters I have ever experienced online.

Phobos (on 13 August 2009)

great game, great number- congratulation to Bungie & MS

XanderZane (on 13 August 2009)

--OkeyDokey-- says: Thinking about it, the first game wasn't really that big. Makes you wonder where other franchises could be now if they had Halo 3's marketing budget. ***************************************************** It's not just marketing that sells a game. Sony marketed the hell out of Resistance 2, InFamous and Killzone 2 and none of these games will ever sell 10 million copies. They are all great games, just like Halo 3, they just aren't as popular. Even Uncharted was marketed very well and neither the original or it's sequel will sell 10 million. Uncharted is a pretty popular game. *************************************************** TheConduit says: First Xbox game to sell 10million and probable the last ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't it. Halo: Reach will probably surpass it. The only game on the PS3 that has a chance to break 10 million is FF XIII. GT5 won't

XanderZane (on 13 August 2009)

atma998 says: LOL at people who thinks GT5 will reach 10 mil Congratz to Halo 3! btw ********************************************* GT5 won't reach 10 million. The GT5 Prologue didn't sell that great and didn't even score well overall. GT5 should sell 4-5 million with most of the sales coming out of Japan and Europe. Doesn't even look like the GT5 will ever make it out this year to go head to head with Forza 3.

atma998 (on 13 August 2009)

LOL at people who thinks GT5 will reach 10 mil Congratz to Halo 3! btw

Cold Light (on 13 August 2009)

Yay! Congrats MS and Bungie! Waiting for GT5, which also definitely find a place in this list! =)

Darth Tigris (on 13 August 2009)

This is what happens when a talented developer is married with great publishing support. To those that think Bungie is looking elsewhere for their future games to be published, look at the above numbers and again, rinse and repeat.

TheConduit (on 13 August 2009)

First Xbox game to sell 10million and probable the last PSWii

sjhillsa (on 13 August 2009)

Well I'm not a fan of Microsoft's hardware, but congrats to Halo 3 for selling 10 million. Credit where credit is due :) Well done!

Adobo (on 13 August 2009)

Grats to Halo and MS for this milestone. Halo / MS haters haters are so annoying.

09tarheel (on 13 August 2009)

Great article. It will be interesting to see how many more exclusive HD games, if any, can hit the 10 million mark this gen. Of the ones announced so far, I think only GT5 and Halo Reach have a shot.

nightsurge (on 13 August 2009)

@OkeyDokey: 6.43 million on a 20 million userbase isn't that big?! Then Halo 2 reached 8.43 million on a 25 million userbase. Seems like Halo: CE was "bigger" than any PS3 or 360 exclusive (except for Halo 3) so far.

wiifan75 (on 13 August 2009)

As a Ninty fan, I need to start a coalition to get gamers out there to start buying up new copies of Mario Kart 64. It lost 35th spot. It's just gonna keep moving down that chart over the years. LOL Can't believe GoldenEye 007 is only 43rd.

disolitude (on 13 August 2009)

To anyone saying "oh marketing budget sold this game"... that argument doesn't hold much water. If the game sold 10 million in the first 6 months and then stopped selling, that would be hype. However the game keeps on selling, meaning word of mouth, people playing it at freinds houses...etc. Its an amazing game, just admit it or don't bother posting here.

880user088 (on 13 August 2009)

Thanks for the big Hype

matt247 (on 13 August 2009)


Bman54 (on 13 August 2009)

I'm sorry but I still hate Halo 3. I find it so boring, though the multiplayer is fun for a little while.

Smeags (on 13 August 2009)

*Does the 10 million sold dance* Congratulations are in order for Halo 3, Bungie, Microsoft, and the 10 million players who bought the game. Huzzah!

Seece (on 13 August 2009)

Nice read though I feel 13 mill +is where it will end up imo.

Fab_GS (on 13 August 2009)


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TheTruthHurts! (on 13 August 2009)

Congrats Halo 3, one of my favorite titles this gen. Best mulit-player in the business.

DirtyP2002 (on 13 August 2009)

"Halo 3 sales but another 1-2 million in still realistic" is this a typo? Halo 3 really deserves it. Where did you get the information "Halo ODST preorders are > 1 million already in US alone" from? Is it your data or was there an official annnouncement? And NO, it isn't just the marketing that made Halo a success. It is the game itself, that made it a success.

sauss (on 13 August 2009)

CONGRATS HALO 3!!!! Thats a milestone.

coolbeans (on 13 August 2009)

Way to go Halo 3 and Bungie, I'm banking it'll stop at 11.17 mil :P.

WheelStriker (on 13 August 2009)

Congratulations bungie. All it takes is more advertisement. Something sony lacks.

--OkeyDokey-- (on 13 August 2009)

Thinking about it, the first game wasn't really that big. Makes you wonder where other franchises could be now if they had Halo 3's marketing budget.

sabby_e17 (on 13 August 2009)

It'll probaly go on to sell 11 million. Anyways a great achievment.

Figlioni (on 13 August 2009)

I think Nintendo has 30 of the 35 titles

--OkeyDokey-- (on 13 August 2009)


haxxiy (on 13 August 2009)

I bet it'll stop selling at 10.43m :P