Microsoft announced today that Halo Wars has reached more than one million sales worldwide, making it the most sucessful real-time strategy game on any current generation console.
Good to hear
Good sales, I haven't finished this one yet, this has given me a reminder :P
Ignore the sad fanboy above. But anways, pretty good sales for a RTS game. But does anybody know when the NPD numbers for February come out? It seems like there taking FOREVER this month!
What fanboy he's stating something that has happen on n4g and the NPD comes out today i think if there not delay again
Except it isn't the norm for the PS3 to have a game which hasn't even been confirmed to have sold a million but whatever. This is nothing new for 360 games and it really is a milestone since alot of fanboy claims want to say "oh I thought this was an FPS" Please.
Just shows you that MS could put Halo name on any piece of sh*t and it will sell a million copies. Because if this was called ANYTHING else, it would have sold substantially less. I mean there are better RTS games than Halo Wars available e.g. C&C, and they sell less. If there was only one example of Sales =/= Good game, this is it. I've got Halo Wars (cos I don't mind RTS games), and it is just too easy, so I got bored of it. It's not bad, but it's also not good, it's ok.
take a look at this one Killzone2 sells 1million in 2 weeks = power of the PS3 Halo Wars sells 1million in 3 weeks = end of the 360 is in sight see what I did there?? Just merely doing the same thing you are doing, but pointing fingers at your kind.
This is a real milestone for a RTS game on a console. Well deserved, because the game is pretty good and fun. Congrats to MS and Esemble Studios or whatever is left of it.
Me thinks someone is beating a strawman fanboy. KZ2 for what it is... a console exclusive, blockbuster FPS... did well enough by breaking 1 mil in two weeks. And Halo Wars, by virtue of being a Halo game stuck with good RTS controls did well by selling 1 mil in three weeks. Conclusion: Shut the f**k up. Both games are good. You would expect a popualr FPS to sell better than a popular RTS. That said, they are roughly equal in my mind... and I know that will boil fanboys on both sides. Yay me.
I knew this game had legs. In the beginning I only saw 5,000 players online. As the days went by it started increasing to 10,000 and than 20,000. It picked up momentum because of word of mouth. Good job Ensemble Studious AKA Robot Entertainment. I love Halo Wars, great game.
Power to the HALO brand as expected.
1 million sales at $60 = pretty solid revenue. You can bet that Sony is paying attention too. If Halo Wars ends up selling 2 million copies, that would mean that the console RTS market is worth at least $120,000,000. Does Sony really want MS to control the entire console RTS market, knowing it is that large? And when, not if, Sony makes an RTS, I'm sure it will have a big name to go along with it as well. You can't tell me PS3 owners wouldn't buy a million copies of "Killzone Wars".
Impressive (but unsurprising) numbers for Halo Wars. However, the best selling current gen RTS? Is there even a lot of competition?
If that game shows Console RTS is doable with the controls and can be fun, then you'll see more RTS coming out the woodworks. The game was well received by reviewers and the audience, for a console RTS, plus it has Halo in the name. RTS is def a change of pace type game. So when, will we see the first "Halo Wars Killer" Article? I know it's coming, even though most shunned Halo Wars and said it would do as well.
"1 million sales at $60 = pretty solid revenue. You can bet that Sony is paying attention too. If Halo Wars ends up selling 2 million copies, that would mean that the console RTS market is worth at least $120,000,000. Does Sony really want MS to control the entire console RTS market, knowing it is that large? And when, not if, Sony makes an RTS, I'm sure it will have a big name to go along with it as well. You can't tell me PS3 owners wouldn't buy a million copies of "Killzone Wars"." Sorry but no. RTS won't sell 2 million ever, unless it has a brand name attached (ie. Halo). Console RTS market is not big. It's like creating games for Webcam/Eyetoys. The focus isn't all that big.
but if it didnt have halo in the name it wudnt even of sale half a million...
but I am dissapointed...after reading what Greenturd said...somboby needs to truly slap this guy...IMHO...these arenot good numbers...I say because this report is not consumer sales its retail sales...Look at the NPD numbers...it wasn't in the top 10...and the last top 10 game was 136k...from now own, MS stop lying...
If it didn't have Halo in the name...it wouldn't be a Halo game. It wouldn't have Warthogs, Spartans, Covenants, Brutes, Relics, and all the other great aspects from the series...
Not surprised, Halo can sell no matter what genre even if its the least popular console genre I bet that great demo help a lot
The kiddies in america had their first ever wank over halo3.
I didn't pick it up day one, but I definitely had no problem purchasing this one after playing the demo. It was everything a great demo should be. It gave you a sense of the controls, and it gave you enough play time that you actually wanted to keep going. I understand everyone's arguments about how easy it can be, but as someone who has a passing enjoyment for RTS's and is not willing to continuously upgrade his PC, this suits my needs perfectly!
I mean where is the strategy? When you build up your base it's either go all out on Air troops or go all out on ground troops (Or both). Then mash em together (upgrade) and attack the main commandcenter as anything else is a waste of time. On top of that your base pretty much defends itself with the turret placements in all four corners so there are no strategic placement of buildings either. Im not saying it's any less fun because of this, Im just saying that "strategy" is not a describing word to be given to this game.
the halo brand sells, no doubt. In this case the game takes the credit. The demo put this game in my "want to buy list". Really well made, good controls, nice marketing, good production values. Maybe MS is not the handicap studio many think and actually delivers games that are very enjoyable and sells very great. A million for an RTS game that has not been hype and RTS success in a console = MS is doing their thing extremely successful.
For an RTS that is about as strong as sales as they get and tracking in line with KZ2 haha.
well, if HW sales even close to KZ2 that will just about do it for the ps3 KZ2 needed to save the ps3 and sell systems and get tons of attention and become the new halo, not only is it not the new halo, it cant even beat a halo rts with mediocre reviews?
funny thing is killzone killedzoned itself....however that goes...
These sales are good because it's a RTS game, they don't tend to sell extremely well on consoles. Based on that, these sales are good :)
Good for an rts on console.
It's good for any game to sell more than a million copies. No matter the genre.
True but rts is not ment to be for consoles as many do say, it good amount from a rts point of view.
What is the most selling RTS on a console to date
Believe it or not, Halo Wars ... lol. C%C3 Tiberium Wars sold over a million but that's because of the PC version. The console version didn't sell that much.
People who are ignoring stop disagreeing it was a question and thanks kigmal thats good im glad it sold i hope MS open that studio again in the future
Actually they seem to have opened them already. http://www.robotentertainme... Robot Entertainment while not 1st party is handling Halo wars and will be releasing updates and dlc's for Halo Wars http://www.halowars.com/def... also will handle any future versions and maintain the community of Age of Empires http://aoe3.heavengames.com...
a million? wow everyone knows if this keeps up the end sales might be 1-3 million units. for a rts this is unreal.
that many people are buying JUST because of the HALO name. I talked 3 people out of this game just this week as I showed them what it was and it WASN'T what they thought it was going to be. These parents saw 'HALO' and thought it would be the same genre. Gamestore employees...are you asking your customers if they know what they are buying?
I highly doubt gamestore's will tell anybody about the game if they want money
I think the real test for an RTS is its long term sales. When you look at Star Craft, a game where there are tournaments still being held around the world, you realize that the game is legendary. It'll be good for the rts industry to show it can hold its own on a console. Seems to be off to a good start but only time will tell...
Stores don't have return policies these days? I think it's absurd that so many people are saying that most of the sales for HW came from people who bought it JUST because of the Halo name. I am sure there are a few people that did, but does that make it a bad game? Does that mean it didn't deserve to sell well? Play the game and you'll get a very polished (Just look at the cut scenes, they're very high quality), decent RTS game, an RTS game that works very well on consoles. I'm a huge RTS fan, I grew up with C&C so even though this is a bit watered down for me, I still thought it was a good game and worth a place in my collection. And I don't even like Halo all that much.
Well said Kushan. The game is a little simple, but that doesn't mean is not fun. The game is very polish it has an engaging story and good action. For the people saying is too easy try to play it on Legendary mode, it does offer a bit more challenge.
No, they don't actually. With games there is a copyright law that prevents them from reselling it and since they can't make any money off of it they won't take them back if the game has been opened. A lot of times if you try and say it doesn't work, they'll give you a new copy and open it so you can't try to return it later. While HW might be a good console RTS, it doesn't mean that MS isn't banking on people being interested in it because of the Halo name being attached to it. Think about it, if this was skinned with something else, any generic space marines or whatever else you can think of, it would not have sold as well. It would have sold just as well as all the other RTSs on the 360 if it was the exact same game, just with different characters. MS is pimping the Halo name harder than ever considering that the trilogy is over. Which is sad because they could be taking that money and putting toward the next great franchise for them instead of turning Halo into the next Tony Hawk or Call of Duty where there is a new game every year untill people just get tired of looking at them. EDIT: I agree that the other companies do it as well, most notably Nintendo with all the Mario offshoots, but the reason I brought it up is because it seems that a lot of people get offended when people suggest that MS is using the Halo name to get people interested in this game, regardless of the games quality. Think about it, RTSs on consoles traditionally do very poorly, primarily due to poor control schemes and an inability to move as quickly as you need to to play the game well. HW was built from the ground up to be on the 360 so they tailored the gameplay and the controls to the 360 which is why it's a good game but somewhat simplified. Also, I never said it was a bad game, I couldn't say either way as I haven't played it. I was just responding to your comment about store's return policies and commenting on how a lot of people seem to be butthurt over people calling out that MS is banking on the Halo name to sell this game.
You make it sound like MS are the only company that uses brands these days. Yes, Halo is a brand (A very successful brand) and yes, Microsoft is making the most of it, but that doesn't take away from the game AT ALL. Killzone is a brand, one could easily argue that if Killzone 2 was ANY other generic shooter, it wouldn't have sold so well. The same can be said for Mario and Zelda. Hell, the same can be said for SONY and NINTENDO. If any other company had released a console identical to the PS3, it would not have sold well at all. That's just how branding works. Plus, what's wrong with the name? In the space of 8 years, only 4 games with the Halo name have been released and just 1 more has been announced. That's it. That's hardly a lot. But my point still stands - Halo Wars IS a good game, it does deserve to sell as well as it has, so why downplay it at all? I dare say even a bunch of those people who bought it just because of the name ended up enjoying it.
The fact that a demo was released on XBL helped.The fact that it was the most downloaded demo on XBL ever helped.The fact that Halo 3 map pack was included in the limited edition version of Halo 3 also helped.But the most important thing is that the game is very good and that's why i bought it. Really enjoy this game and the fact that it's in the Halo universe (a universe that i like) really helps.
Good game. It deserves it. Kind of short but it's still worth the money.
All Microsoft wanted was to keep on par with Killzone 2 .Now only a Price cut will save Sony this time.No Game's this time around will save them unless God of War come's out early.Keep in mine Halo ODST.God of War is the only game i know that can stop that.
Killzone is bigger than god of war years of hype, its a FPS, multiplayer, graphics, etc if KZ cant sell systems no sony game can
is Killzone bigger than God of War Seriously or is it the mind of yours not really in this world right now
I agree with happyface.I do believe that Killzone 2 is bigger than God of War.God of War 2 only sold around 2.5 million copies according to VGchartz http://vgchartz.com/games/g... know it is vgchartz and they are not accurate so lets bump it up a million to 3.5.Do you seriously think that is such a big number considering the PS2 install base?Don't think i am being fanboyish because God of War is my best sony franchise and in my opinion one of the best 5 games i have ever played but Killzone 2 has been hyped since E3 2005 and best of all it is a multiplayer FPS. This gen you can see that the best selling HD games are all FPS or games with online components Gears of war 1/2 Call of Duty 4/5 Halo 3 Metal Gear solid 4 Grand Theft Auto 4 While single player games if lucky will break 2 million.So back in the days when online was not an option, i would have agreed with you but with the emergence of online gaming, single player games just find it difficult selling as much.So when you take all these things in to account, i don't think God of War 3 will outsell Killzone 2.
@bobdog626... How do you come to that conclusion? It's not as though Halo Wars has slaughtered Sony. Killzone 2 sales and reviews are good and it's another reason for people to but a PS3 and with a good line-up this year more reasons will be added still. Microsoft can, and will compete but the sales of this game have no doubt done bugger all for the console wars. It is software sales, and the chances are since this is not the first Halo game on the 360, that it has only added to software sales anyway.
I wonder how much it would sold if it wasn't called "Halo". I also wonder if a Halo Kart would sell as much. I don't say that for the sarcasm, but it would be interesting to see how much would sell a Halo game that is not action-based.
I LOVE Halo, but it's a war game. When people talk about "Halo Kart" I can't fathom the thought process that leads them to predict a racing game. It's not f**king Mario and it doesn't need to be. Now, if you want to talk about racing pinatas...
Im Waiting for LEGO Halo myself . I Think it Would sell Million's.Bubbles if Im Right.or LEGO Wars that sound's cool dont you think?
I said "Halo Kart" simply as an example of a derived franchise, i could say Super Halo Smash Unit. Halo 3 was a blockbuster, and Halo Wars is the most successful RTS on current gen console for now, outdoing Red Alert 3 by EA with its Gemma Atkinson giant boobs. A Halo RPG would probably sell bucket, because people may really want roleplaying with Master Chief, but what about something totally different, like a racing game à la Twisted Metal or Full Auto? Will it sell much because it's called Halo or do people will boycott the game and say "We are not your milking cow, don't take us for fools"?
Microsoft previously stated that they will not "milk" the franchise to go as far as "Halo Kart". They wanted Halo name to be remembered with more successful stuff. But one cannot always rely on the statements of big corporations.
1. Great for a RTS 2. Even better for a console RTS 3. Nearly on par with KZ2? Damn... thats just wow!
I think anyone directly comparing KZ2 to Halo Wars is just looking for a fight. One's an FPS, ones an RTS. Sure, many gamers play several genres, but chances are each game is going to appeal to a particular audience more than the other. They're both good games, they both sold well, I don't really see the need to pick them apart.
yeah thats true bt just for the sales matter you know? its showing how the two games are great.
I agreed with you. Fanboyism is getting crazy. People retarded fo comparing not only sales but sales of two different games from two different genres on two different consoles. LOL! Nice sales figures but didn't I read somewhere that ir sold 2,000,000 or something?
i hear what you are saying and you are right... but its only natural that the sales would be compared because before both HW and killzone 2 came out all we kept hearing was how big of a flop HW was going to be because its an rts ( even with the halo name, people were saying it was not going to sell ) mean while killzone 2 will crush everything. well i think its fare to say that the sales do prove otherwise. they don't prove or make it a great game, but they do show there was high interest and you can't really call it a flop. as for the idea about it selling because of the halo name, well most of the people i know were not going to get it at all. it was only when they brought out the demo, then there was a big change in opinion and it got lots of good feedback. there was more then enough info out there for people to know exactly what they were getting.
thats great for an rts. credit where its due
I'd expect it to be the most successful RTS any gen. As far as I know an RTS has never really made a sales splash on a console. Maybe they're counting Pikmin?
Empire: Total War as top of charts above KZ2 and Halo Wars many weeks -_-/ It was even 1st for 2 weeksi n a row
You mean the PC-only game Empire Total War? Shall I continue...?
This game is addicting as hell. I have been playing multiplayer non-stop since the day the game was released. This game is pure fun and should attract more people to the RTS genre. This is a really good fun game that is easy to play. I am looking forward to the DLC in the future. This is a really good, fun game!!!
agree 100% but i suggest you keep that to yourself. N4G does not like halo fans. The mantra goes that Halo is overrated and if u appreciate bungie and ensemble, then you simply do not know anything about video games. And also make sure you complement KZ2 next time you say anything positive about a 360 game, if u don't then the sony defense forces' whining will become unbearable.
Good numbers. I do notice people saying thats for 3 weeks...Im not sure thats entirely accurate. The game released a bit later in the US, didnt it? Either way its a great game that deserves its due. I just gotta finish all of these other games I have started first...POP, KZ2, Fallout 3, GTA: TLAD, playing in a league on NBA 2K9....think Im gonna tell the gf I need some space...
March 3rd to be exact. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
little fact - the average multi-player match lasts 23.9 minutes. lol yeh i was bored I'm not really suprised with the sales tbh. We all know it would sell well and you can't deny that it being a halo game will help it. It wouldn't surprise me if it has better sales that most of the other 'big' and highly rated 'rts' games on pc such as Dawn of War 2, Empire: Total War and world in conflict.
Im suprised, and the sad part these guys dont exist anymore (the stuido) Shame on you MS
they do. ensemble cclose down to make two companys . only one is known so far and its robot.