Microsoft has sold more than 46 million copies of Halo games worldwide, and the franchise has brought in nearly $3 billion in sales, according to the company.
Microsoft provided the statistics ahead of next week's launch of Halo 4, which the company has been promoting as "the biggest entertainment event of 2012." Halo 3 brought in $170 million in the U.S. on the day of its release in 2007, while Reach tallied $200 million worth of launch-day sales in the U.S. and Europe, making it America's largest entertainment launch of 2010 until the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops later that fall.
Halo 3 was the first game in the series on the Xbox 360, and it marked the debut of the Forge mode, which allows players to create content within the game. According to Microsoft, Halo players have produced over 120 million pieces of content since the release of Halo 3. The company also provided a staggering number for cumulative online usage: people have spent more than 5 billion hours playing Halo games on Xbox Live.
Halo 4 launches next Tuesday, Nov. 6. Check back in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow, Nov. 1, for our full review.