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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Was Best-Selling Game on Steam During Launch Week

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Was Best-Selling Game on Steam During Launch Week - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2020 / 2,454 Views

Halo: The Master Chief Collection released last week on Windows PC via Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store and Steam. The game was the best-selling game on Steam during launch week is the highest-ranking debut ever on Steam for an Xbox Game Studios title, announced Microsoft.

There were nearly 3 million players during launch week when you combine the Xbox One and Windows PC versions of the game. It was also the number one most watched game on Twitch during launch day and had almost three million hours watched during launch week. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has a Very Positive rating on Steam with more than 35,000 Steam Customers Reviews. 

Here is the list of platforms the game is available on and for how much:

  • Xbox Game Pass – Join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and get Halo: Reach, the first chapter in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, today. Halo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryHalo 2: AnniversaryHalo 3Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4 are also included in your membership and will be available on each game’s respective release date, completing the collection in 2020.
  • Microsoft Store and Steam – The Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is available for $39.99 USD, which will include Halo: Reach and will automatically update with the remaining titles as they launch next year. Halo: Reach and the remaining titles within Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC can also be purchased individually for $9.99 USD, except for Halo 3: ODST Campaign which can be purchased for $4.99 USD.
  • Xbox One – For existing owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, the Halo: Reach Campaign, along with Firefight mode, is now available as a premium add-on for $9.99 USD. The multiplayer components of Halo: Reach – including PVP modes, Forge, and Theater – are automatically included as part of the base content offering of Halo: The Master Chief Collection at no additional cost via a game update. If you’re new to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, you can obtain the entire updated and improved collection with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or with Xbox Game Pass for console, or purchase through the Microsoft Store for $39.99.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Chazore (on 11 December 2019)

Far, far better selling than RDR2, and at a more reasonable price+ mod support. That's how you do this R*, this is how you sell a good game.

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Radek Chazore (on 12 December 2019)

I agree but keep in mind Halo was $9 and RDR2 was $60 and already available for a month on RGL and EGS.

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Azzanation Chazore (on 12 December 2019)

@Radek those Halo games have been out for alot longer.

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crissindahouse Chazore (on 12 December 2019)

@Radek Reach was 10 bucks but the MCC did sell much better than Reach alone on Steam. So, Most paid 40 and not 10 bucks. Keep also in mind you get it with Gamepass which is a much bigger Deal than getting it already on RGL and EGS.

But I guess you will always find something to talk Xbox related success-stories down

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Chazore Chazore (on 13 December 2019)

You also have to keep in mind that the entire collection is around £30, which alone offers multiple games, multiple MP modes to play, mod support and multiple SP campaigns to play.

Doesn't matter how old they are, what matters is the price point and the content/mod support, which RDR2 alone hardly offers.

Like take a gander at most of RDR2's missions, fetch this, go skin this, chase one guy down, filled with missions where you aren't allowed to act on your own accord, or you fail the mission. That's shit, no matter how it's spun, and it's not worth £55-60, let alone £43 on "sale".

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Mr Puggsly (on 12 December 2019)

At first I didn't necessarily think it was a big deal given its $10. But how many old games can sell this well and become one of the most played games on Steam? Putting Halo on Steam showed this IP still has a strong following.

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crissindahouse Mr Puggsly (on 12 December 2019)

Keep in mind the $40 füll package sells more than Reach alone. And those who paid only the 10 bucks will probably buy some other releases of the MCC as well.

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Mr Puggsly Mr Puggsly (on 12 December 2019)

Indeed, but curious to see if future releases do as well when they launch. In theory Halo 3 should do really well due to nostalgia and maybe the most played/selling.

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hunter_alien (on 12 December 2019)

This is how you do a great re-release. Congrats MS for the strong launch!

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ExplodingBlock (on 12 December 2019)

Love to see this on PC ;D

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DonFerrari (on 12 December 2019)

Congrats Halo MCC. But it is odd to mix the best selling on Steam with 3M played on both platforms that also have Gamepass.

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