'Halo Wars' Sells More Than One-Million Copies Globally


Posted March 19, 2009 - By r_pad


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Microsoft has announced that Halo Wars has sold over one-million copies worldwide. Today's press release stated:

"Sales of Halo Wars have reached more than one million units worldwide, making the exclusive Xbox 360 title the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console. With a revolutionary control scheme designed expressly for the Xbox 360 controller and a riveting story that takes Halo fans deeper into the Halo universe, Halo Wars is breaking new ground for the strategy genre by introducing a new wave of fans to strategy games and reminding existing fans why it’s so fun." 

In general, real-time strategy (RTS) games haven't performed well on consoles. The genre originated on the PC platform and its complex controls are better suited for the keyboard/mouse combination. Halo Wars has shown that RTS games can succeed on consoles if the controls are simplified and tailored to game pads in a thoughtful manner. Of course, having anuber-popular license like Halo doesn't hurt either.

I'm thrilled that this game is doing so well. I was a big fan of Ensemble Studios and it's great to see the company's "last hurrah" sell like tacos (which, I believe, sell more than hotcakes). Hopefully, the success of this game has made some Microsoft executives question the company's stupid decision to shut down Ensemble.

Several of you have purchased Halo Wars. Are you still digging the game? Does it have legs? Would you buy other, non-Halo RTS games in the future?

'Halo Wars' Sells More Than One-Million Copies Globally