Halo: Reach and the story of Noble Team are a good combo for FPS action. This early and desperate battle against the Covenant takes place far before the events of the later Halo titles, with the Spartan IIIs being shown to be rather effective, but by no means invincible. With their place in the wider lore firmly established by the original Xbox 360 game, fans of the entire franchise loved it for what it was. And it looks like Halo: Reach has become instrumental in the success of other games now too.
When Microsoft announced Reach would be added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and that it would be the title that set off the formal PC relief of the collection as a whole, people were even more excited than we possibly could have predicted. So excited in fact that recent sales figures have revealed the game to have been a smash-hit. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has already sold over 1 million digital copies on Steam.
The PC release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not the first PC entry in the franchise, but the notoriety that having nearly every game in the franchise in one place cannot be ignored. According to SteamDB, the collection has between 1 million and 2 million owners. Other noteworthy statistic includes that over 161,000 gamers have played during its peak. That’s incredibly good for a PC port. It’s likely due in large part to the fact that these retooled versions of some really good classic shooters have never been on PC before. But the major sales breakthrough is also likely due to the wonderful quality that the ports have.
The full Halo: The Master Chief Collection is on Steam for $40. Besides Reach, the collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Microsoft plans to drop later games into the collection at a later date, although we’re still light on details.