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Halo Series Tops 81 Million Units Sold

Halo Series Tops 81 Million Units Sold - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 February 2021 / 2,552 Views

Microsoft's flagship video game franchise, Halo, has sold over 81 million units worldwide, according to a report from Deadline.

This figure is up from 65 million units sold as of July 2015. The Steam release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection sold over one million units as of December 2019. 

"Halo reinvented how people think about video games and has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, having sold more than 81 million copies worldwide," reads the report.

Halo Series Tops 81 Million Units Sold

The next entry in the Halo franchise, Halo Infinite, will launch for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in Fall 2021.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 25 February 2021)

The last official Halo number we got was in 2015, before Halo 5 released, that number was 65m. We have had 4 new Halo releases since that 65m number, Halo 5, Halo Wars Definitive Edition, Halo Wars 2, and Halo The Master Chief Collection for PC. So, I would guess that the 16m sales since the 65m number breakdown something like this:

Halo 5- 9.5m
Halo MCC- 4m (3m on Steam and 1m continued legs of the Xbox One version)
Halo Wars 2- 2m
Halo Wars Definitive Edition- 500k

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shikamaru317 AngryLittleAlchemist (on 25 February 2021)

Yeah, I may be overtracked on Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2 and undertracked on Halo MCC. We know for sure that MCC hasn't passed 5m yet because Steam Spy still has it in the 2-5m range, but it probably is more than 3m on Steam since it sold nearly 2m on Steam at launch. Also worth noting they are saying more than 81m sales, so it could be more like 81.7m and they don't want to round up to 82m. So the actual breakdown of the sales since the 2015 update could be more like:

Halo 5- 9.4m
Halo MCC- 5m (4m on Steam and 1m on continued XB1 legs)
Halo Wars 2- 1.8m
Halo Wars Definitive Edition- 500k

Total- 16.7m sales since the 2015 65m update

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shikamaru317 shikamaru317 (on 25 February 2021)

The hardest title to predict here is probably Halo Wars 2, since we really only have 1 source for it's sales currently, which was VGC tracking 510k physical Xbox One sales for it as of February 2018 when VGC decided to stop tracking game sales. Because we only have that Xbox physical info, no info on Xbox digital and no info on PC digital (it never got a steam release so we can't even steam spy it), it's kind of hard to predict how much Halo Wars 2 sold so far. I'd definitely say less than 2m, which is kind of low since the original Halo Wars sold nearly 3m on Xbox 360 alone. MS badly needs to get Halo Wars 2 on Steam asap to give it some more sales.

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hiccupthehuman (on 25 February 2021)

Halo is my favorite IP. I have Game Pass but I'll still buy Halo: Infinite physically.

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Manlytears (on 25 February 2021)

So... it's safe to say Halo 5 sold something like 10-13M?

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shikamaru317 Manlytears (on 25 February 2021)

I'd say more like 9-10m for Halo 5. The last official Halo number we got was in 2015, before Halo 5 released, that number was 65m. We have had 4 new Halo releases since that 65m number, Halo 5, Halo Wars Definitive Edition, Halo Wars 2, and Halo The Master Chief Collection for PC. So, I would guess that the 16m sales since the 65m number breakdown something like this:

Halo 5- 9.5m
Halo MCC- 4m (3m on Steam and 1m continued legs of the Xbox One version)
Halo Wars 2- 2m
Halo Wars Definitive Edition- 500k

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Manlytears shikamaru317 (on 25 February 2021)

Your numbers make sense, thanks for the post.

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Elputoxd Manlytears (on 25 February 2021)

More like 9.5-10. In line with Reach and 4, which sold similarly. And that is without counting Game Pass players.

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Azzanation (on 25 February 2021)

One of gamings iconic series. It got me to buy a 360 and never regretted it. Well deserved.

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Real (on 25 February 2021)

Yessss Halo is in the big league now hope infinite can deliver the hype

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