Bungie closes Halo stats with eye-popping infographic

"We have followed your careers with great interest."

Bungie has closed its support for Halo stats and released a new infographic that shows just how popular the first-person shooter series has been.

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

Since September 2004, two months before the release of Halo 2 on Xbox and the beginning of stat tracking, a whopping 20 billion games of Halo have been played online. That's 5.4 billion on Halo 2, 11.5 billion on Halo 3 and Halo: ODST, and 3.9 billion on Halo Reach. That's over two billion hours of playtime - or, 235,000 years.

Bungie said goodbye to Halo with the 2010 release of Reach. It has now moved onto its new game for publisher Activision, although details are scarce. Microsoft's 343 Industries is now in charge of continuing the Halo universe. Its first game, Halo 4, launches this year.

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