Microsoft recently announced that with more than 20 million players gathered since its release on various platforms, Halo Infinite had recorded the best start of the entire saga. Forza Horizon 5 had signed a similar record in its first week, thus exceeding ten million user players.
In the video game, the right to error is still allowed. A game almost doomed when announced or presented can still hope for a successful launch. And yet. Even with the means available to Microsoft, which, except for its parents, believed in the chances of success of Halo Infinite once on the market?
We will thus recall that when Halo Infinite was discovered for the first time in a playable sequence at E3 2020, it was hard to believe that the title was planned for the new Xbox generation. 343 Industries then raised the bar, which franchise co-creator Marcus Lehto acknowledged. And today, it is clear that these efforts have paid off.
Over 20 million players have gathered on Halo Infinite since its release
On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, during a conference on the company’s second quarter results, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered some great news for Halo Infinite. Since its release on December 8, 2021, the 343 Industries title, available on Xbox, PC and in Game Pass, has been played by more than 20 million players.
“We released new AAA titles over the holiday season to rave reviews and record usage. 18 million people have played Forza Horizon 5 and over 20 million have played Halo Infinite, making it the biggest Halo launch in history.”
Forza Horizon 5 had already left its mark on the license by imposing itself there, from its first week of marketing, as its biggest success. More than 10 million players had then been gathered.
Just before dwelling on these two major titles, Satya Nadella had communicated on a figure of 25 million Game Pass subscribers, whether on Xbox consoles or on PC. The same day, we learned that with 16.28 billion dollars earned in 2021, the Xbox division had experienced there the highest annual income in its history.