Yes, it’s true – Halo is really popular

Bungie has been keeping tally of the amount of Halo games played online since September 2004 – two months before the release of Halo 2.

With the franchise now in the hands of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Bungie’s stat tracking has come to an end.

31st March was their final update and as a special farewell to fans they’ve released one final ‘infographic’ just to illustrate how insanely dedicated and loyal the Halo hardcore are.

As you can see by clicking on the thumbnail to the right, the figures really are quite astonishing. A combined 20 billion games played. That’s over two billion hours of playtime – 235,000 years.

“We have followed your careers with great interest here on Bungie.net, and you have gifted us a mountain of heroic moments to memorialize,” said community manager DeeJ.

“It is with a sense of awe that we step back and admire the impact that you have had on our games, and upon our studio. Thanks for sharing your stories with us.”