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Halo Infinite reaches over 20 million players

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Halo Infinite's free-to-play multiplayer first launched on Nov. 15, 2021.
  • The campaign released on Dec. 8, 2021.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted in Microsoft's FY22 Q2 earnings call that Halo Infinite has been played by over 20 million players.
  • Nadella also shared that Forza Horizon 5 has reached over 18 million players.

Halo Infinite has been played by over 20 million players, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking during the company's FY22 Q2 earnings call. The paid campaign first released on Dec. 8, 2021, while the free-to-play multiplayer first launched back on Nov. 15, 2021. Per Nadella, this is the biggest launch for a Halo gmae in the history of the franchise.

Halo Infinite's paid campaign, which is also available in Xbox Game Pass, reached the #2 spot on the December 2021 NPD charts. Microsoft recently noted that Xbox Game Pass has reached over 25 million subscribers. Nadella also shared in the earnings call that Forza Horizon 5 has been played by over 18 million players.

Microsoft reported overall growth for gaming in its FY22 Q2 financial results, with gaming revenue up 8% year-over-year thanks to first-party titles and Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft is continuing to invest in its gaming division, building the Xbox first-party lineup with new IP and studios. Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, the company's biggest acquisition ever. This comes after Microsoft previously acquired Bethesda Softworks' parent company, ZeniMax Media, for $7.5 billion.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

4 Comments
  • I guess the memes helped.
  • Given that there are 25 million game pass subs, I'm not at all surprised.
  • Wait, I'm an idiot. Multiplayer is free so obviously it's going to have the biggest launch because most of those people didn't pay anything for it. Conversely, Call of Duty Warzone, 2 months after launch, had hit 60 million players.
  • Yeah, it's strange. I would assume that it is on both sides the game and not just the paid side, but that means it really isn't doing weel considering F2P numbers. They also said that FH5 has 18 million, so that means that Forza is technically doing better as it doesn't have a free component.