Last Thursday, Microsoft announced sales numbers for Halo: Reach. The Xbox 360 flagship title grossed an impressive $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in the first 24 hours of its release.
During the tail-end of a worldwide economic downturn.
Comparatively, Halo 3 racked up $170 million in its first 24 hours in the U.S. alone in 2007.
Microsoft didn’t break out numbers by country this time but they’re still impressive. Reach’s sales figures aren’t quite as impressive as Halo developer Bungie’s new partner’s last major release: last November, Activation’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took in $310 million during its first 24 hours on sale.
That said, Halo: Reach is available on one console, Modern Warfare 2 was a large multi-platform release.
Microsoft added said that based on U.S. sales alone Reach was the biggest launch of 2010 ahead of the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Iron Man 2′ and ‘Toy Story 3.’
If we compare those numbers ($133 and $109 million respectively) with Reach’s overall numbers, it’s safe to say Reach pulled somewhere around $150 million in the US alone. Sales over the rest of the week are the next interesting set of numbers we’re waiting on.
We’ll actually have a review on the game once we can actually put it down.