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. How to Use This Halo Timeline
Halo, you have the following features: A button that will show pictures for each item. See below. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date Filtering by Media Type or Writer.
Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! We hope you enjoy.
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Image Series Buy Title Type Writers Released Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Soma the Painter Short Story N/A 2009-11-24 Forerunner Saga Cryptum Novel Greg Bear 2011-01-04 Forerunner Saga Primordium Novel Greg Bear 2012-01-03 Forerunner Saga Silentium Novel Greg Bear 2013-03-19 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Defender of the Storm Short Story John Jackson Miller 2016-09-20 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Promises to Keep Short Story Christie Golden 2016-09-20 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Untitled Story Short Story N/A 2016-09-20 Broken Circle Novel John Shirley 2014-11-04 Halo: Legends Legends: The Duel Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 The Fall of Reach The Fall of Reach: Boot Camp Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2011-04-27 Contact Harvest Novel Joseph Staten 2007-10-30 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Pariah Short Story B. K. Evenson 2009-11-24 Halo: Legends Legends: Homecoming Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 Halo Wars Halo Wars: Genesis Graphic Novel Ensemble Studios 2009-03-03 Halo Wars Halo Wars Game Ensemble Studios 2009-02-26 The Fall of Reach The Fall of Reach: Covenant Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2011-12-14 The Fall of Reach The Fall of Reach Short Film Heath Corson 2015-10-27 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Television Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing 2012-11-02 Halo: Fractures Fractures: The Ballad of Hamish Beamish Short Story Frank O'Connor 2016-09-20 The Cole Protocol Novel Tobias S. Buckell 2008-11-25 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Something Has Happened Comic Issue Alex Irvine 2016-10-25 Halo: Legends Legends: The Package Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 Halo: Legends Legends: Prototype Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian Short Story Frank O'Connor 2009-11-24 Halo: Legends Legends: The Babysitter Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Headhunters Short Story Jonathan Goff 2009-11-24 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Hunting Party Comic Issue Jonathan Goff 2016-10-25 Helljumpers Graphic Novel Peter David 2010-03-10 Blood Line Graphic Novel Fred Van Lente 2010-07-28 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Blunt Instruments Short Story Fred Van Lente 2009-11-24 The Fall of Reach The Fall of Reach Novel Eric Nylund 2001-10-30 The Fall of Reach The Fall of Reach: Invasion Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2012-07-18 Halo: Reach Game Bungie 2010-09-14 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Dirt Short Story Tobias Buckell 2009-11-24 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss Short Story Eric Raab 2009-11-24 The Original Halo Trilogy Halo: Combat Evolved Game Bungie 2001-11-15 The Flood Novel William C. Dietz 2003-04-01 Halo Graphic Novel Halo Graphic Novel: Breaking Quarantine Comic Issue Tsutomu Nihei 2006-07-19 Halo Graphic Novel Halo Graphic Novel: The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor Comic Issue Lee Hammock 2006-07-19 First Strike Novel Eric Nylund 2003-12-02 Halo Graphic Novel Halo Graphic Novel: Armor Testing Comic Issue Andrew Robinson, Ed Lee, Jay Faerber 2006-07-19 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Mona Lisa Short Story Jeff VanderMeer, Tessa Kum 2009-11-24 The Original Halo Trilogy Halo 2 Game Bungie 2004-11-09 Halo Graphic Novel Halo Graphic Novel- Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa Comic Issue Jean Giraud 2006-07-19 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Palace Hotel Short Story Robert McLees 2009-11-24 Ghosts of Onyx Novel Eric Nylund 2006-10-31 Uprising Graphic Novel Brian Michael Bendis 2009-06-17 Landfall Short Film Neill Blomkamp 2007-07-10 Halo 3: ODST Game Bungie 2009-09-22 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Human Weakness Short Story Karen Traviss 2009-11-24 The Original Halo Trilogy Halo 3 Game Bungie 2007-09-25 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: Wages of Sin Short Story N/A 2009-11-24 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: The Impossible Life & The Possible Death of Preston Cole Short Story Eric Nylund 2009-11-24 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: From the Office of Dr. William Arthur Iqbal Short Story Frank O'Connor 2009-11-24 Kilo-Five Trilogy Glasslands Novel Karen Traviss 2011-10-25 Shadow of Intent Short Story Joseph Staten 2015-12-07 Initiation Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2014-01-21 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Breaking Strain Short Story James Swallow 2016-09-20 Kilo-Five Trilogy The Thursday War Novel Karen Traviss 2012-10-02 Kilo-Five Trilogy Mortal Dictata Novel Karen Traviss 2014-01-21 Last Light Novel Troy Denning 2015-09-15 Halo: Fractures Fractures: A Necessary Truth Short Story Troy Denning 2016-09-20 Retribution Novel Troy Denning 2017-08-29 Hunters in the Dark Novel Peter David 2015-06-16 New Blood Novel Matt Forbeck 2015-03-02 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Lessons Learned Short Story Matt Forbeck 2016-09-20 Legacy of Onyx Novel Matt Forbeck 2017-11-14 Bad Blood Novel Matt Forbeck 2018-04-24 Halo: Spartan Assault Game 343 Industries 2013-07-18 Halo: Nightfall Television Paul T. Scheuring 2015-03-16 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Anarosa Short Story Kevin Grace 2016-09-20 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Into the Fire Short Story Kelly Gay 2016-09-20 Smoke and Shadow Novel Kelly Gay 2016-11-28 Halo: Legends Legends: Origins Short Film John Powell 2010-02-16 Halo: Spartan Strike Game 343 Industries 2015-04-16 Saint’s Testimony Short Story Frank O'Connor 2015-07-27 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Oasis Short Story Tobias Buckell 2016-09-20 Second Halo Trilogy Halo 4 Game 343 Industries 2012-11-06 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Dominion Splinter Comic Issue Frank O'Connor 2016-10-25 Halo 4: Sparten Ops Game 343 Industries 2012-11-06 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Fireteam Majestic Poker Night Comic Issue Kody Chamberlain 2016-10-25 Halo: Escalation Escalation, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Christopher Schlerf 2014-10-21 Halo: Escalation Escalation, Vol. 2 Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2015-04-21 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Knight Takes Bishop Comic Issue Tyler Jeffers 2016-10-25 Hunt the Truth Hunt the Truth (Season 1) Audio Drama 343 Industries 2015-03-22 Halo: Escalation Escalation, Vol. 3 Graphic Novel Brian Reed 2015-09-29 Halo: Escalation Escalation, Vol. 4 Graphic Novel Duff Boudreu 2016-03-22 Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: On the Brink Comic Issue Duffy Boudreau 2016-10-25 Hunt the Truth Hunt the Truth (Season 2) Audio Drama 343 Industries 2015-09-22 Envoy Novel Tobias S. Buckell 2017-04-25 Second Halo Trilogy Halo 5: Guardians Game 343 Industries 2015-10-27 Halo Wars Rise of Atriox Graphic Novel Alex Irvine, Claire Roe, Cullen Bunn, Jody Houser, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Wayshak, Josan Gonzalez, Tristan Jones TBD Tales from Slipspace Tales from Slipspace: Undefeated Comic Issue John Jackson Miller 2016-10-25 Halo: Fractures Fractures: Rossbach’s World Short Story Brian Reed 2016-09-20 Halo: Fractures Fractures: What Remains Short Story Morgan Lockhart 2016-09-20 Halo Evolutions Evolutions: The Return Short Story Kevin Grace 2009-11-24 Halo Wars Halo Wars 2 Game Creative Assembly 2017-02-21 The Halo Timeline 2.0