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7 stunning stats for Halo’s 20th anniversary

Master Chief’s biggest accolades over the last two decades.

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The original Xbox launched 20 years ago on November 15, 2001. Of all the day one launch titles, there’s one game that became synonymous with the console itself.

Halo: Combat Evolved redefined first-person shooters

It’s still praised as one of the best games ever made.

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Ahead of its anniversary — and the upcoming release of Halo Infinite — let’s reflect on stats from the last 20 years of Halo.

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81 million+

copies sold

81 million+

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More than half of the people who bought Xbox consoles at launch also bought Halo within two months. 4 million copies were sold by the time Halo 2 was released.

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$6 billion

in product sales

$6 billion

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That figure includes merchandise, and there is a LOT of merch.

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1,000+

media and industry awards

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The original Halo alone garnered dozens of awards for everything from its soundtrack to its multiplayer mode.

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100+

Game of the Year awards

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It also received numerous Game of the Decade awards, not to mention ongoing respect as one of the greatest games ever made.

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30+

novels and live-action adaptations

The first tie-in novel, The Fall of Reach, was actually released two weeks before Halo: Combat Evolved.

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A new live-action series is set to premiere on Paramount+ in 2022.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection compiles the first six games in the series. The trip down memory lane took off after a rocky launch, but even that collection boasts some wild stats.

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3 million+

launch week players

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection had two launches several years apart, arriving on Xbox One in 2014 and PC in 2019.

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41 million+

hours played on PC in 2020

Even with Halo Infinite on the horizon, The Master Chief Collection is still getting updates for nostalgic players looking to revisit the series’ early days.

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Halo will share the spotlight with other announcements at Xbox’s 20th-anniversary livestream on November 15. You can watch on the Xbox YouTube or Twitch channels.