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Reach's population over time: the stats (charts included)

Two weeks ago I thought it would be interesting to record the 24-hour population of Halo Reach once a day, so that I could eventually chart it to see trends over time and to see how other events like game releases, game updates, weekends and holidays affect population numbers. Now that some time has passed, I've decided to post the population data for everyone to see. This data is recorded automatically every night at midnight PST. As of the time of this writing, there's population data for 18 days. Here it is. [b]Daily Reach population for December 2010[/b] [url=http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chxl=0:|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|27|28|29|30|31|1:|0|250000|500000|750000|1000000|1250000|1500000|1750000&chxr=1,0,1750000&chxt=x,y&chbh=14,15,7&chs=962x270&cht=bvs&chco=AA0033,FF9900&chds=0,1750000&chd=t1:627904,619572,714700,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0|0,0&chg=25,50&chtt=Daily+Halo+Reach+Population+for+the+Month+of+December]Click to view data in chart form[/url] [quote] [b]Dec 01:[/b] 627,904 [b]Dec 02:[/b] 619,572 [b]Dec 03:[/b] 714,700 [/quote] [b]Daily Reach population for November 2010[/b] [url=http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chxl=0:|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|27|28|29|30|1:|0|250000|500000|750000|1000000|1250000|1500000|1750000&chxr=1,0,1750000&chxt=x,y&chbh=14,15,7&chs=930x270&cht=bvs&chco=AA0033,FF9900&chds=0,1750000&chd=t1:996988,1062478,1014336,1015170,1150430,1270647,1221318,931124,750809,759752,769766,780314,823545,761414,613132,592997,581158,566492,657482,744015,694535,604976,659385,713895,715135,777063,791518,742180,577472,633285|0,0&chg=25,50&chtt=Daily+Halo+Reach+Population+for+the+Month+of+November]Click to view data in chart form[/url] [quote] [b]Nov 01:[/b] 996,988 [b]Nov 02:[/b] 1,062,478 [b]Nov 03:[/b] 1,014,336 [b]Nov 04:[/b] 1,015,170 [b]Nov 05:[/b] 1,150,430 [b]Nov 06:[/b] 1,270,647 [b]Nov 07:[/b] 1,221,318 [b]Nov 08:[/b] 931,124 [b]Nov 09:[/b] 750,809 [b]Nov 10:[/b] 759,752 [b]Nov 11:[/b] 769,766 [b]Nov 12:[/b] 780,314 [b]Nov 13:[/b] 823,545 [b]Nov 14:[/b] 761,414 [b]Nov 15:[/b] 613,132 [b]Nov 16:[/b] 592,997 [b]Nov 17:[/b] 581,158 [b]Nov 18:[/b] 566,492 [b]Nov 19:[/b] 657,482 [b]Nov 20:[/b] 744,015 [b]Nov 21:[/b] 694,535 [b]Nov 22:[/b] 604,976 [b]Nov 23:[/b] 659,385 [b]Nov 24:[/b] 713,895 [b]Nov 25:[/b] 715,135 [b]Nov 26:[/b] 777,063 [b]Nov 27:[/b] 791,518 [b]Nov 28:[/b] 742,180 [b]Nov 29:[/b] 577,472 [b]Nov 30:[/b] 633,285 [/quote] [b]Daily Reach population for October 2010[/b] (data incomplete because I didn't start recording until the 29th) [url=http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chxl=0:|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|27|28|29|30|31|1:|0|250000|500000|750000|1000000|1250000|1500000|1750000&chxr=1,0,1750000&chxt=x,y&chbh=14,15,7&chs=962x270&cht=bvs&chco=AA0033,FF9900&chds=0,1750000&chd=t1:0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1180634,1255478,1157023|0,0&chg=25,50&chtt=Daily+Halo+Reach+Population+for+the+Month+of+October]Click to view data in chart form[/url] [quote] [b]Oct 29:[/b] 1,180,634 [b]Oct 30:[/b] 1,255,478 [b]Oct 31:[/b] 1,157,023 [/quote] [b]Average Reach population per day of the week since Oct 29th[/b] [url=http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chxl=0:|0|250000|500000|750000|1000000|1250000|1500000|1750000|1:|Sunday|Monday|Tuesday|Wednesday|Thursday|Friday|Saturday&chxr=0,0,1750000&chxt=y,x&chbh=23,33&chs=440x270&cht=bvs&chco=AA0033&chg=25,50&chds=0,1750000&chd=t:915294,744739,739791,739409,737227,876771,977041&chtt=Average+Daily+Population+for+Halo+Reach]Click to view data in chart form[/url] [quote] [b]Sunday:[/b] 915,294 [b]Monday:[/b] 744,739 [b]Tuesday:[/b] 739,791 [b]Wednesday:[/b] 739,409 [b]Thursday:[/b] 737,227 [b]Friday:[/b] 876,771 [b]Saturday:[/b] 977,041 [/quote] For reference, a list of notable dates that could affect population: [quote][b]November 1st, 2010:[/b] Dashboard update released [b]November 2nd, 2010:[/b] Reach rank cap removed [b]November 4th, 2010:[/b] Kinect released [b]November 9th, 2010:[/b] Call of Duty: Black Ops and The Sims 3 released [b]November 16th, 2010:[/b] Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit released [b]November 18th, 2010:[/b] Black Ops title update released [b]November 25th, 2010:[/b] Thanksgiving (USA) [b]November 26th, 2010:[/b] Free Gold weekend begins [b]November 28th, 2010:[/b] Free Gold weekend ends [b]November 30th, 2010:[/b] Noble map pack released for Reach[/quote] I highly recommend looking at the charts, as it makes the numbers much easier to compare to each other. If you want to follow this project, you may want to check out its homepage [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]here[/url] (or [url=http://www.metahalo.64digits.com/population/]here[/url] if that link isn't working.) There you can also view the same charts, but for Halo 3. And before anyone asks, I do plan on creating more charts to show the data in different ways. Weekdays versus weekends would be one simple example. I'll update this post each night, since I can't do it automatically. [Edited on 12.04.2010 12:51 AM PST]
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  • 6 months in and the doomsayers are long gone, with only trolls remaining. Comparisons to other games are pointless, especially when those games pull players from other consoles. [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]These charts[/url] validate that Reach's population is healthy and steady.
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  • Excellent work. I love it. Do you think you could PM the numbers to me, if it's not much of a hassle? I would love to see some other comparisons I could make.
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  • Good work. Well researched. Definitely a keeper.
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  • The OP only seems to go upto Dec 3rd. Is it not being updated anymore?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Matt Grimes FTL [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] dolphan117 Reach continues to do an outstanding job as a disc-like dust gathering device.[/quote] qft[/quote] My conclusion of Halo in general in the last few months :/
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  • win (saved)
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  • This thread only confirms death. True, avg players is still around 700k, but player count dropped 30% since launch.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] dolphan117 Reach continues to do an outstanding job as a disc-like dust gathering device.[/quote] qft
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  • So in the best 2 days of Reach combined there were about a total of 2.6 million players. Right now at 5:32 on Feb 27 of 2011 there are 2,850,455 players in Black ops. So at this very moment more people are playing Black ops then have played Reach in its best 2 days combined. I am going back and forth between Black Ops and H3 these days. Reach continues to do an outstanding job as a disk like dust gathering device.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Coux73 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] krekc So is this no longer updated?[/quote] Last [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]update[/url] was at the end of January.[/quote] Due to a server switch there's a period in December where data was not recorded. Unfortunately I didn't think to manually record the data during that time. I'll update the main post with up-to-date numbers soon. [Edited on 02.17.2011 1:38 AM PST]
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  • bump
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  • Whoa, thats nuts.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] krekc So is this no longer updated?[/quote] Last [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]update[/url] was at the end of January.
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  • So is this no longer updated?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] J D3wgMiIIenium [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oh GodLike One LOL - yeah, but not in the same time frame. And neither got beat WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF LAUNCH by a game over 12 months old. Guess in ur simple mind that makes reach a [i]winner[/i]? Dont go confusing lauch hype with a good game.[/quote] Whatever you say. It is still the same place. You can't face that fact.[/quote] Fact - that reach is loosing to the two other titles you mentioned ... yep I can face that fact. And yes, still loosing ... ur the one in denial if you cant omit that.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oh GodLike One [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] J D3wgMiIIenium [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oh GodLike One [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] EpicFishFingers Over time, the population has barely changed. It has gone down, but I wouldn't say it's decreased significantly. So BLOPS certainly didn't kill Reach :)[/quote] WOT ... you serious. When reach came out it hit the #1 online spot. Within 2 weeks it had halved that number ... half is "[i]significant decrease[/i]". Within 6 weeks it was down to 20%?!? If you boss came to you and said you are to get an 80% pay cut would you say '[i]yeah, fair enough[/i]' - LOL. As for B-OPS & MW2 ... maybe not kill reach, but sure game it a solid beating and sent it off bloodied with it tail between its legs. But so has Fifa (reach @ #4 spot - #5 last week, so guess it is improving ;)[/quote] Halo 2 went from first to third to fourth place. I guess all the games it was competing with were better than Halo 2 and 1. Right?[/quote] LOL - yeah, but not in the same time frame. And neither got beat WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF LAUNCH by a game over 12 months old. Guess in ur simple mind that makes reach a [i]winner[/i]? Dont go confusing lauch hype with a good game.[/quote] Whatever you say. It is still the same place. You can't face that fact.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] J D3wgMiIIenium [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oh GodLike One [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] EpicFishFingers Over time, the population has barely changed. It has gone down, but I wouldn't say it's decreased significantly. So BLOPS certainly didn't kill Reach :)[/quote] WOT ... you serious. When reach came out it hit the #1 online spot. Within 2 weeks it had halved that number ... half is "[i]significant decrease[/i]". Within 6 weeks it was down to 20%?!? If you boss came to you and said you are to get an 80% pay cut would you say '[i]yeah, fair enough[/i]' - LOL. As for B-OPS & MW2 ... maybe not kill reach, but sure game it a solid beating and sent it off bloodied with it tail between its legs. But so has Fifa (reach @ #4 spot - #5 last week, so guess it is improving ;)[/quote] Halo 2 went from first to third to fourth place. I guess all the games it was competing with were better than Halo 2 and 1. Right?[/quote] LOL - yeah, but not in the same time frame. And neither got beat WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF LAUNCH by a game over 12 months old. Guess in ur simple mind that makes reach a [i]winner[/i]? Dont go confusing lauch hype with a good game.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] HaloOGkId [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] RedBlaze956 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Xx Niner7 xX You stopped in December?[/quote] [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]Ahem[/url][/quote] read it and weep Reach fanboys LOL. H3> Reach's population by far.[/quote] Are you an imbecile? Look at the numbers ON THE CHARTS, not just the freakin' bars. 800,000 =/= 200,000 --- It's nice to see the steady increase. November and December were just miserable months overall, but I'm sure things are on the up and up now. Good thread, OP. [Edited on 01.25.2011 4:23 AM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oh GodLike One [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] EpicFishFingers Over time, the population has barely changed. It has gone down, but I wouldn't say it's decreased significantly. So BLOPS certainly didn't kill Reach :)[/quote] WOT ... you serious. When reach came out it hit the #1 online spot. Within 2 weeks it had halved that number ... half is "[i]significant decrease[/i]". Within 6 weeks it was down to 20%?!? If you boss came to you and said you are to get an 80% pay cut would you say '[i]yeah, fair enough[/i]' - LOL. As for B-OPS & MW2 ... maybe not kill reach, but sure game it a solid beating and sent it off bloodied with it tail between its legs. But so has Fifa (reach @ #4 spot - #5 last week, so guess it is improving ;)[/quote] Halo 2 went from first to third to fourth place. I guess all the games it was competing with were better than Halo 2 and 1. Right?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] EpicFishFingers Over time, the population has barely changed. It has gone down, but I wouldn't say it's decreased significantly. So BLOPS certainly didn't kill Reach :)[/quote] WOT ... you serious. When reach came out it hit the #1 online spot. Within 2 weeks it had halved that number ... half is "[i]significant decrease[/i]". Within 6 weeks it was down to 20%?!? If you boss came to you and said you are to get an 80% pay cut would you say '[i]yeah, fair enough[/i]' - LOL. As for B-OPS & MW2 ... maybe not kill reach, but sure game it a solid beating and sent it off bloodied with it tail between its legs. But so has Fifa (reach @ #4 spot - #5 last week, so guess it is improving ;)
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] HaloOGkId read it and weep Reach fanboys LOL. H3> Reach's population by far.[/quote] Are we looking at the same charts? O_o
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] RedBlaze956 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Xx Niner7 xX You stopped in December?[/quote] [url=http://www.metahalo.com/population/]Ahem[/url][/quote] read it and weep Reach fanboys LOL. H3> Reach's population by far. [Edited on 01.24.2011 8:34 AM PST]
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  • Over time, the population has barely changed. It has gone down, but I wouldn't say it's decreased significantly. So BLOPS certainly didn't kill Reach :)
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  • We still have a good population, its all good.
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  • good point no ofence if you like CoD but alot of people (counting all of my friends) played black ops and the went strait back on Reach
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Neylon x bloody hell, january's graph is perfectly regular ha.[/quote] Only if you use bungies [i]version[/i] ;) XBL own feed shows way different numbers - never bothered to plot it or calculate a percentage, but is still dropping. Mjr Nelson got another wrist slap early december for questioning bungies numbers (for the second time) lol. Thought bungie would have done more with the map contest stuff by now though ... get something fresh with the game. At least todays challenge is a move away from the default set.
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