The Halo series has been a smash hit for Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox Live membership service, but with Halo: Reach being the final Halo game to ever be released, what exactly will Microsoft do to replace its Halo cash cow?
Halo is a Sci-Fi first-person shooter game that was first released on the original Xbox console in November 2001 along with Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming membership service, and since its release, Halo has had massive success. When Halo: CE was first released it bolstered the sale of Xbox consoles over 50% and sold more than a million copies in less than a year – and Halo hasn’t done that bad since. Halo: CE’s follow up, Halo 2, generated over $125 million dollars on its launch day, Halo 3 grossed over $170 million dollars within its first 24 hours, and leading up to Halo: Reach’s launch the combined sales of previous Halo games and merchandise has accounted for over $1.5 billion dollars in sales.
So far Halo: Reach is set to break all previous gaming records and has already sold over 1 million pre-orders, but with Halo: Reach being the last Halo game Bungie will ever make, what does the end of Halo mean for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live sales? Xbox Live has recently been under a lot of scrutiny for hiking the price of their 12 month Xbox Live Gold membership from $50 a year to $60 – it’s first price adjustment in 8 years – and with the upcoming release of Halo: Reach, it seems that Microsoft might be making a final attempt to cash out on the Halo franchise before the “milk runs dry.”
It’s safe to say that Halo has been a huge part of the Microsoft Xbox’s success, but Microsoft isn’t planning on resting on its laurels. The Xbox 360 has recently undergone a complete hardware makeover with the release of the new Xbox 360 slim – that is both more efficient and packs more features than previous Xbox’s – and the Xbox Kinect will soon make the Xbox 360 the only gaming console to allow gaming without the use of controllers. Bungie is rumored to be working on another big project for the Xbox 360 – after Halo: Reach – and hopefully the end of Halo won’t result in the decline of the Xbox 360.
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