Halo Infinite: Is Halo Still A System Seller?

Microsoft is hoping that Halo can help sell Project Scarlett, but there are reasons to doubt the franchise's staying power.

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FallenAngel198433d ago

“You can certainly blame some of Halo 5’s sales shortcomings on the struggles of the Xbox One.”

That’s no excuse for Halo 5 being the lowest selling mainline game in the series. Wii U struggled far worse than Xbox One, yet original Mario Kart 8 at 8.44 million units still sold more than Halo 5.

“Halo 5 and the Master Chief Collection sold about as well as you’d expect relatively good games with a popular name on a relatively low-selling console to perform.”

That’s still no excuse. For about 3 years Xbox One still sold better than Xbox 360 with launch aligned numbers, yet Halo still suffered commercial declines. Even Gears of War 4 is the lowest selling mainline title.

Xbox One also sold more than the lifetime sales of N64 & GameCube yet its two biggest exclusives still sold less than some of the best selling titles on those systems.

Zeegamereh32d ago

Agree that it’s not Xbox it was the game tho it sold 5 million in 3 months and it has been confirm to have sold as good as the older halo titles it still didn’t do halo 3 numbers (15 million) I blame that on the lack of split screen the average campaign and a few other little things l

The multiplayer was really freakin good though just not on the level of halo 3

tdogg32d ago

yes halo 5 sold 5mil in 3 months with a install base of or around 20mil so I think its hard to say will it be a system seller because the hardcore xbox fans including me were already planning to get the next xbox anyway rather halo infinite releases on launch day of new system or not and with game pass now sales wont be a definite answer to if it succeed or not but review scores will.

343_Guilty_Spark31d ago

Agree with what you said but It's MP is superior to Halo 3.

VenomUK31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

If Halo Infinite is a return to form then it will likely be a big draw. However as it will also be available on Xbox One and PC it won't be necessary to buy a Scarlett to play it, so some XBO owners won't be compelled to buy a Scarlett on day 1. If it turns out to be superb quality, than XBO owners when they are ready to upgrade to a next-gen system will want to continue the experience and likely choose to buy a Scarlett over a PS5

Prince-Ali31d ago


As a PlayStaiton guy imma be honest with you dude.. NO WAY IN HELL IT'S MULTIPLAYER IS SUPERIOR TO HALO 3! Halo 3 is one of the greatest if not top 2/3 GREATEST Multiplayers OF ALLL TIMMEEEEEE!!!!

Unspoken31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

Wait until the game comes out?

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StarLink31d ago

Were are the Halo 5 and Gears 4 sales numbers?

rainslacker31d ago

I think that first quote pretty much answers the question of the title.

If Halo isn't selling the system, then by definition, it isn't a system seller.

When Halo 5 launched, it was well enough after launch, and the bad policies had been reversed, and there wasn't a huge spike in Xbox sales on Halo 5's, riddle solved.

2pacalypsenow32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Halo hasn’t been a system seller since Halo 3

Zeegamereh32d ago

Not true Halo 4 and reach both sold 11 million and sold lots of Xbox 360s

hanko1431d ago

just curious how did halo reach do?

SyntheticForm32d ago

Depends on the game; I mean it could be. I don't think Halo has driven Xbox sales in awhile - but it was definitely what got people interested in the original Xbox.

Xbox loyalists aren't influenced by Halo as much these days.

Rude-ro32d ago

Have to agree.

A “good” halo is a system seller.. but it will be after release.
A “hype” marketing push will not do much to move a needle after 8 years of Microsoft’s offerings or lack there of for must own titles made from Microsoft themselves

shiva131d ago

Day one scarlett for me with halo. I really want a custom halo edition console and not just plain xbox with a disc. I wont give that extra money if its just plain box with a disc. Not happening.

Put masterchief engraving or print the cover screen on the box and make it look that its meant to be for halo. I will buy it.

WickedLester32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

It can be. But its going to have to be REALLY special. I think the one thing nobody talks about is the fact that Halo's original creator, Bungie is no longer making games in this franchise. There's a reason why many Xbox fans consider Reach as the last truly good Halo game. Its because thats the last one that Bungie made. When you lose the dev team that started the franchise, thats kind of a big deal. Not saying its impossible. Look at God of War. Whole different team, yet the PS4 game is amazing. However 343 has already had 2 chances to get it right and they havent yet. Maybe 3rd time will becthe charm.

ps360owner0931d ago


You still have a large contingent of fans who complain that the latest God of War game should not be called God of War and that they changed it too much. I personally liked it but there were plenty of complaints about the new GOW from longtime fans/purists.

As someone who has played every Halo game for it's singleplayer story only I will say that 343 did a good job with Halo 4 and it is one of my favorite Halo's story wise. Halo 5 was a disappointment but I respect the team for taking risks. Like you said Bungie is no longer making Halo games and if 343 tries to make a Halo game in the style of Bungie they will fail. They need to do like God of War did and change things up.

dekke32d ago

must be rly system seller ty rarbg :P j/k dont take it so hard as u take phils meow

DaDrunkenJester32d ago

Maybe cool it on the weed for the rest of the day.

RememberThe35731d ago

Bro I'm high right now and I can't make sense of that.

dekke31d ago

u ppl are internet warriors and dunno whats rarbg or piratebay ? :D

DaDrunkenJester31d ago

I don't understand any of it my guy Haha

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