We could have predicted Halo 4 was going to be big, but record breaking big? Halo 4 marks the return of Master Chief once again and it appears that the series is showing no sign of slowing down, despite the departure of famed developer Bungie. Microsoft has just announced that Halo 4 has managed to shift a massive $220 million in the first 24 hours on sale, with the game likely to go on to amass $300 in the first week of sales.
$220 million in the first 24 hours is already a day-one record for Microsoft’s Halo franchise. The big question that will be on many gamer’s minds as well as Microsoft, is whether Halo 4′s first day and first week sales will be able to come close or even topple that of Black Ops 2, which is expected to pull a fortune for Activision once again.
Seeing as Halo 4 hasn’t managed to beat the last two Call of Duty game sales in the first 24 hours, we doubt it will even come close to matching Black Ops 2. The first Black Ops game sold $360 million in the first 24 hours of its release to set a record for the biggest entertainment launch ever.
This figure was surpassed though by Modern Warfare 3 which managed a staggering $400 million in the first day, which as you can imagine has not been broken yet – will Black Ops 2 manage to top this figure or not?
Considering that Halo was meant to be ‘in decline’ after the departure of Bungie, we would say that $220 million in the first day is a great achievement for Microsoft. Many gamers are saying that Halo 4 is going to outmatch Black Ops 2 in sales, but on the evidence of the $220 million figure, we doubt it is going to happen.
How do you see the sales battle going between Halo 4 and Black Ops 2? Easy win for Activision’s latest offering, or has Halo 4 got what it takes to beat Activision in a gradual process?