Halo Timeline and Chronology


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What’s on the Halo Timeline?

This list attempts to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of Halo media. This includes primarily all video games, novels, films, and comic books. This list does not attempt to split up any media into individual scenes/pages, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list (with a few exceptions). In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame we first list the first published work. Additionally we base the placement within the timeline on where the work ends rather than where it begins.

This list of Halo media includes:

  • The Halo Games: Considered the “core” medium for the Halo franchise. These include the main series of games, as well as a few mobile games such as Spartan Assault.
  • Novels/Comics: Halo has more tie-in novels and comics than any other video game franchise. I include them in the timeline.
  • Films/Short Films: Though the Halo franchise has never seen a theatrical release, the series does include a few films that were released through other mediums, often online.

There are a few other pieces of media that fit in, such as the Hunt the Truth podcast, and you can find it all in chronological order below. We hope you enjoy!

Where do I start reading the Halo books?

Since this is a franchise based on video games, you should definitely start with those. We recommend the Halo: Master Chief Collection for the best starting experience. However, if you’re looking to start reading the books and/or comics, you should start with The Fall of Reach, which has the richest background information for the game franchise.

1100,000 BCBuyCryptumNovelGreg Bear2011
2100,000 BCBuyPrimordiumNovelGreg Bear2012
3100,000 BCBuySilentiumNovelGreg Bear2013
4100,000 BCBuyFractures: Defender of the StormShort StoryJohn Jackson Miller2016
5100,000 BCBuyFractures: Promises to KeepShort StoryChristie Golden2016
6100,000 BCBuyFractures: Untitled StoryShort StoryN/A2016
7850 BCBuyBroken CircleNovelJohn Shirley2014
82142 ADBuyLegends: The DuelShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
92514 ADBuyThe Fall of Reach: Boot CampComicEric Nylund2010
102525 ADBuyContact HarvestNovelJoseph Staten2007
112529 ADBuyEvolutions: PariahShort StoryB. K. Evenson2009
122531 ADBuyLegends: HomecomingShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
132531 ADBuyHalo Wars: GenesisComicEnsemble Studios2009
142531 ADBuyHalo WarsGameEnsemble Studios2009
15?BuyHalo Wars 2GameEnsemble Studios2016
162535 ADBuyThe Fall of Reach: CovenantComicEric Nylund2011
172535 ADBuyThe Fall of ReachShort FilmIan Kirby2015
182535 ADBuyHalo 4: Forward Unto DawnTelevisionStewart Hendler2012Bulk of this miniseries goes here.
192535 ADBuyFractures: The Ballad of Hamish BeamishShort StoryFrank O'Connor2016
202535 ADBuyThe Cole ProtocolNovelTobias S. Buckell2008
212544 ADBuyLegends: The PackageShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
222544 ADBuyLegends: PrototypeShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
232544 ADBuyLegends: The BabysitterShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
242549 ADBuyEvolutions: HeadhuntersShort StoryJonathan Goff2009
252552 ADBuyHelljumpersComicPeter David2009
262552 ADBuyBlood LineComicFred Van Lente2010
272552 ADBuyEvolutions: Blunt InstrumentsShort StoryFred Van Lente2009
282514-2552 ADBuyFall of ReachNovelEric Nylund2001
292552 ADBuyThe Fall of Reach: InvasionComicEric Nylund2012
302552 ADBuyHalo: ReachGameBungie2010
312552 ADBuyEvolutions: DirtShort StoryTobias Buckell2009
322552 ADBuyEvolutions: Stomping on the Heels of a FussShort StoryEric Raab2009
332552 ADBuyHalo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryGameBungie2011Anniversary remake of the original.
342552 ADBuyThe FloodNovelWilliam C. Dietz2003
352552 ADBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Breaking QuarantineComicVarious2006
362552 ADBuyHalo Graphic Novel: The Last Voyage of the Infinite SuccorComicVarious2006
372552 ADBuyFirst StrikeNovelEric Nylund2003
382552 ADBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Armor TestingComicVarious2006
392552 ADBuyEvolutions: Mona LisaShort StoryTessa Kum, Jeff VanderMeer2009
402552 ADBuyHalo 2 AnniversaryGameBungie2004Anniversary remake of the original.
412552 ADBuyHalo Graphic Novel- Second Sunrise Over New MombasaComicVarious2006
422552 ADBuyEvolutions: Palace HotelShort StoryRobert McLees2009
432552 ADBuyGhosts of OnyxNovelEric Nylund2006
442552 ADBuyUprisingComicBrian Michael Bendis2009
452552 ADLandfallShort FilmNeill Blomkamp2007
462552 ADBuyHalo 3: ODSTGameBungie2009
472552 ADBuyEvolutions: Human WeaknessShort StoryKaren Traviss2009
482552 ADBuyHalo 3GameBungie2007
492552 ADBuyEvolutions: The Impossible Life & The Possible Death of Preston ColeShort StoryEric Nylund2009
502552 ADBuyEvolutions: From the Office of Dr. William Arthur IqbalShort StoryFrank O'Connor2009
512552 ADBuyGlasslandsNovelKaren Traviss2011
522552 ADBuyShadow of IntentNovellaJoseph Staten2015Included in Fractures
532553 ADBuyInitiationComicBrian Reed2013
542553 ADBuyFractures: Breaking StrainShort StoryJames Swallow2016
552553 ADBuyThe Thursday WarNovelKaren Traviss2012
562553 ADBuyMortal DictataNovelKaren Traviss2014
572553 ADBuyLast LightNovelTroy Denning2015
582553 ADBuyFractures: A Necessary TruthShort StoryTroy Denning2016
592555 ADBuyHunters in the DarkNovelPeter David2015
602555 ADBuyNew BloodNovelMatt Forbeck2015
612554 ADBuyFractures: Lesson LearnedShort StoryMatt Forbeck2016
622555 ADHalo: Spartan AssaultGame343 Industries2013
632556 ADBuyHalo: NightfallTelevisionSergio Mimica-Gezzan2014
642556 ADBuyFractures: AnarosaShort StoryKevin Grace2016
652557 ADBuyFractures: Into the FireShort StoryKelly Gay2016
662558 ADBuyLegends: OriginsShort FilmFrank O'Connor2010
672558 ADHalo: Spartan StrikeGame343 Industries2015
682558 ADBuyHalo: Saint's TestimonyNovellaFrank O'Connor2015Included in Fractures
692558 ADBuyFractures: OasisShort StoryTobias Buckell2016
702558 ADBuyHalo 4: Forward Unto DawnTelevisionStewart Hendler2012Frame story goes here.
712558 ADBuyHalo 4Game343 Industries2012
722558 ADBuyHalo 4: Sparten OpsGame343 Industries2012
73?BuyHalo: Tales from SlipspaceComicVarious Authors2016Graphic novel anthology. Placement approximate.
742558 ADBuyEscalation, Vol. 1ComicChristopher Schlerf2014
752558 ADBuyEscalation, Vol. 2ComicBrian Reed2015
762558 ADHunt the Truth (Season 1)Audio Drama343 Industries2015
772558 ADBuyEscalation, Vol. 3ComicBrian Reed2015
782558 ADBuyEscalation, Vol. 4ComicDuff Boudreu2016
792558 ADHunt the Truth (Season 2)Audio Drama343 Industries2015
802558 ADBuyHalo 5Game343 Industries2015
812558 ADBuyFractures: Rossbach's WorldShort StoryBrian Reed2016
822558 ADBuyFractures: What RemainsShort StoryMorgan Lockhart2016
832559 ADBuyEvolutions: The ReturnShort StoryKevin Grace2009

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