As if you needed more figures to drive home the fact that Microsoft (MSFT) and 343 Industries’ Halo 4 for Xbox 360 is a huge success. Not only did Halo 4 manage to sell 3.1 million copies worldwide in its first 24 hours of availability, but according to AllThingsD, it made $220 million in sales and managed to beat out Hollywood blockbusters Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and the The Avengers, each of which made $91 million and $80.5 million, respectively. More →
Who needs a new Xbox when Microsoft (MSFT) has Halo 4 to keep its “aging” Xbox 360 console alive? Launched on Tuesday, gamers snatched up 3.1 million copies of Halo 4 in its first 24 hours, with 1.9 million of those sales coming from the U.S., according to VGChartz. The video game sales tracking website says Halo 4 managed to sell about 15% more copies than previous games in the franchise including Halo 3 and Halo Reach. 343 Industries’ hit first-person shooter is expected to sell 4 million copies worldwide by the end of the week and smash previous opening week day sales for Halo games as well. More →
First-person shooter fans have been salivating for Halo 4 for nearly five years since the release of Halo 3. Sure, there was 2009’s Halo 3: ODST, but that game didn’t feature poster boy Master Chief. Microsoft (MSFT) officially launched Halo 4 worldwide on Tuesday (except in Japan; they get it November 8th) for Xbox 360. Halo 4 is developed by 343 Industries’ after Bungie decided to part ways with Microsoft. Although Microsoft didn’t release any figures, the company said recently that Halo 4 is the most expensive game it has ever made. Master Chief faces stiff competition this year with Activision’s (ATVI) highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops II arriving next week on November 13th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. More →
Get excited, Master Chief fans. Microsoft (MSFT) has put out a new live-action teaser film for Halo 4 that honestly makes you wonder whether you’re watching a video game trailer of a trailer for a summer blockbuster movie. And there’s a good reason for that: Oscar-nominated director David Fincher, best known for directing The Social Network and Fight Club, produced it. The two-minute movie features flashbacks of Halo protagonist Master Chief growing up as a child and eventually transforming into a galaxy-saving super soldier. Microsoft’s Halo 4 trailer follows below.
The next version of Microsoft’s best-selling Xbox shooter, Halo, will reportedly follow a TV season structure with free daily mission episodes, according to The Guardian. 343 Studios, the game’s developer, will offer a free “Season One” of daily downloadable co-op missions following the game’s release. The first season will feature five new co-op missions each week that will continue the storyline of the main game. “A single season will run for months, not weeks,” explained Halo’s franchise development director, Frank O’Connor. “It’s a significant amount of content: both gameplay and story-wise. And the story will matter. Characters you know and love will be effected in dramatic ways, the story driving the universe forward in a meaningful way.” Microsoft has not committed to a Season Two, however O’Connor is optimistic and believes the team’s creative generosity will pay off. “We believe that players will play episodes day by day – it’s short, sharp gaming, something entirely different I think.” Halo 4 is scheduled to launch on the Xbox 360 on November 6th. More →
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the return of Master Chief and the Halo franchise with the release of “Halo 4” on November 6th. The franchise was originally imagined as a trilogy, with the game’s third installment becoming the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it was released in 2007. Many questions were left unanswered, however, and fans of the series wanted more. The game is set four years after the events of Halo 3, as Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the entire universe. “We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4’ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4’ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.” Additional details surrounding the game will be announced on CONAN Wednesday night on TBS at 11:00 p.m. EST. Microsoft’s press release follows below. More →
During the Microsoft press conference at E3 in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft showed off a quick sneak-peak of Halo 4, a new trilogy that will begin when the title launches during the holiday season of 2012. Microsoft didn’t discuss much else about the game, but it did also announce that Xbox 360 owners will soon be able to get their hands on Kinect Sports Season 2, which will include golf, baseball, skiing, tennis, and football. Kinect Sports Season 2 is expected to land in time for the holiday season this year.
Microsoft’s own Xbox Live homepage recently leaked some new details that we should be hearing about shortly at its annual E3 press conference in Los Angeles. According to the website, which appears to have been pulled, Microsoft will introduce Voice Search within a newly redesigned Xbox Live user interface and preview the ever-popular Halo francise’s new release, Halo 4. The website also mentioned a possible Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition and new titles such as Kinect Sports Season 2 and Dance Central 2. We won’t have long to wait — Microsoft’s press conference is set to kick off at 9:00 a.m. Pacific / 12:00 p.m. Eastern. More →