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Microsoft calls Halo 3 launch "Biggest Day in US Entertainment History"

Microsoft boasted long before the release of Halo 3 that September 25 would play host to the biggest videogame launch in history, and now it has the numbers to back up that claim.

A press release from Microsoft states that Halo 3 has generated $170 million within the first 24 hours of Halo 3’s availability in the U.S. alone. The impressive day one sales make Halo 3 a bigger launch day than the Spider-Man 3 film and the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows novel – though that may be attributed to Halo 3’s higher average selling price compared to a box office ticket or book.

Microsoft also included a free 48-hour trial with every copy of Halo 3, which is likely a driving factor behind September 25 being the busiest day in Xbox Live history. One million Halo 3 players logged onto Xbox Live to play either cooperatively or competitively.

"Halo 3 has become a pop-culture phenomenon," said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "Not only is Halo 3 setting sales records, it's also redefining entertainment... Within the first 20 hours alone, we've seen more than a million Xbox Live members come online to play Halo 3 - that makes September 25 the most active Xbox Live gaming day in history."

Halo 3’s out-of-the-gate success could be attributed to the wide availability of the title immediately at launch. More than 10,000 retailers hosted midnight events to celebrate the launch of this third installment in the billion-dollar franchise. Non-conventional retail locations such as the 7-11 convenience store chain also sold Halo 3, along with appropriately themed Slurpee cups.

Some of the $170 million were assured even before the game launched. More than 1.7 million copies of Halo 3 were pre-ordered in the U.S. before a single store opened its doors at midnight, helping to make it the fasting pre-selling game in history.

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By gramboh on 9/26/2007 11:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you play Halo MP with a gamepad when Team Fortress 2 beta is out if you pre-order Orange Box on Steam? People are missing out on the best team based MP game in a long time. Oh well.

RE: Why
By afkrotch on 9/26/2007 11:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
Cause some ppl like to live in a rut. That's why we have like 50 Medal of Honor games. (just a high number I pulled out my ass. Not sure what the actual amount is.)

RE: Why
By anonymo on 9/27/2007 7:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
I've been playing the TF2 beta all last week and on the weekend and been having a blast. Awesome game. However since Tuesday it's been Halo 3 all the way.

Coming from a CounterStrike fanatic I just don't understand people who bash Halo 3. It brought great FPS gameplay to the console market and has ruled it ever since. The single player is fun to blast through (now with 3 friends) and the multiplayer will be my most played on Xbox Live for a while I'm sure.

IMO FPS fans who bash Halo 3 just have a chip on their shoulder for whatever reason.

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