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If Halo 5: Guardians sold more copies at launch than Halo 3 did (3.3 million units in 12 days) Microsoft doesn’t want you to know it. Though data on the number of Halo 5 units sold has not been revealed, Microsoft’s PR team was on hand with some very clever wording to make sure you know that Halo 5: Guardians was the “biggest launch in Halo history” 343 Industries’ Halo 5, is the fastest selling Xbox One game to date but the only details Microsoft was willing to divulge is that the game has made “$400 million in global software and hardware sales” which presumably includes Halo console bundles and branded peripherals.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer had this to add to the announcement, made on the Xbox official blog:
“The success of Halo 5: Guardians is a testament to the innovative work from the entire team at 343 Industries to bring this installment to Xbox One and the incredible community of fans who have come to love the story, characters and gameplay central to the franchise. The game represents all the possibilities of Xbox One and has earned its place as the anchor title in the greatest holiday games lineup in Xbox history.”
Phil Spencer also defended the main criticism of Halo 5: Guardians, its lack of local split-screen multiplayer, a staple of the earlier Halo games by stating: “I know in the realities of the day with people’s busy lives, it’s not as easy to get everybody in the same physical place…In the end, the teams make decisions based on the bar that they want to hit for complexity of what they’re going to run on a single box.” In the end, I think the only people who can really judge how big the launch of Halo 5: Guardians has been, are the fans. So let us know in the comments below how you’re finding the game, and whether or not you agree with Phil Spencer’s comments.