Halo fans are notoriously hardcore, but even in the Halo community, there are only a hardened few who are willing to attempt the seemingly impossible: unlocking every achievement in each Halo game (that has achievements and includes map packs) so far. That includes Halo 3, Halo Wars and the recently released Halo 3: ODST. According to Halo Waypoint creative director Jason Pace, the number of people who've achieved that feat is less than 1%. Significantly less, actually.
"When we did our high-level analysis…it's less than 1% of players who will come in with everything, it's actually significantly less than 1%," said Pace in a wide-ranging interview about the upcoming Halo hub for Xbox Live, Halo Waypoint, from a few weeks back.
This information was very important to Pace, as Halo Waypoint's meta ranking system is based on the achievements players have and haven't unlocked in the Halo games on Xbox 360. Eventually Halo Waypoint will include challenges not tied to existing achievements, but for the near future, that's the system in place, which makes the less-than-1% scenario a good one.
"There will certainly be some uber-hardcore players with pretty much everything maxed out," he said, "but the vast majority of the Halo audience, even the hardcore fanbase, will find themselves not maxed out in either the career milestones or the rewards."
Pace's analysis actually found Halo players falling into two camps: single-player or multiplayer.
"It's interesting when you take a look at the player profiles and distribution of achievements," he noted. "You would frequently assume that hardcore multiplayer folks wouldn't be the people who generally have the most achievements. That is not always the case. There are a lot of multiplayer folks who doesn't focus on, for example, on getting a lot of the single-player campaign achievements. The average person, the average sort of regular Halo player, should probably come in somewhere in the middle of the milestone range."
What kind of Halo player are you? If you're someone who actually has unlocked every possible achievement across Halo 3, Halo Wars and Halo 3: ODST, get in touch with me.