Xbox was launched by Microsoft in November 2001, selling over 1 million consoles within the first three weeks. One of the key factors in its success was Halo, their flagship game, which firmly placed the Xbox on the map. It was an exclusive game, and a compelling play, without which the console would not have sold so well.
Halo: Combat Evolved
The first title in the series was developed by Bungie and called Halo: Combat Evolved. The Halo series has since become one of the most sought-after Sci-fi shooter series around. It has sold well over 60 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular video games ever made. It was also one of the first games to introduce the concept of franchising, where accessories and novels are released alongside the game.
The Halo Universe
Halo is a Sci-fi military game set in a fictional universe during the 26th century. As humans colonise the galaxy, they find hostile aliens, known as the Covenant. Bent on the destruction of humanity, they are motivated by the promise of “paradise after death”. In this parallel universe, there are multiple players, political groups, races and planets. From the UN Space Command to the Forerunners, it makes for gripping gameplay.
Halo 6 – The Future
The series has continued with regular releases, each time reporting greater success. More than two billion games of Halo 2 have now been played since its release. More than a million copies of the infamous and dramatic Halo soundtrack have also been sold. Halo 5: Guardians was released in 2015 to high acclaim, and fans are now waiting for the innovations that the release of Halo 6 will shortly bring.