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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.

How to Use This Halo Timeline

For Halo, you have the following features:

  1. A button that will show pictures for each item. See below.
  2. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item.
  3. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date
  4. Filtering by Media Type or Writer.

Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! We hope you enjoy.
The Halo Timeline 2.0

SeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Soma the Painter2009-11-24
Forerunner SagaBuyCryptum2011-01-04
Forerunner SagaBuyPrimordium2012-01-03
Forerunner SagaBuySilentium2013-03-19
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Defender of the Storm2016-09-20
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Promises to Keep2016-09-20
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Untitled Story2016-09-20
BuyBroken Circle2014-11-04
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Duel2010-02-16
The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Boot Camp2011-04-27
BuyContact Harvest2007-10-30
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Pariah2009-11-24
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Homecoming2010-02-16
Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars: Genesis2009-03-03
Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars2009-02-26
The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Covenant2011-12-14
The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach2015-10-27
BuyHalo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, 2012-11-02
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: The Ballad of Hamish Beamish2016-09-20
BuyThe Cole Protocol2008-11-25
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Something Has Happened2016-10-25
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Package2010-02-16
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Prototype2010-02-16
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian2009-11-24
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Babysitter2010-02-16
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Headhunters2009-11-24
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Hunting Party2016-10-25
BuyHelljumpers2010-03-10
BuyBlood Line2010-07-28
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Blunt Instruments2009-11-24
The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach2001-10-30
The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Invasion2012-07-18
BuyHalo: Reach2010-09-14
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Dirt2009-11-24
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss2009-11-24
The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo: Combat Evolved2001-11-15
BuyThe Flood2003-04-01
Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Breaking Quarantine2006-07-19
Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor2006-07-19
BuyFirst Strike2003-12-02
Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Armor Testing, , 2006-07-19
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Mona Lisa, 2009-11-24
The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 22004-11-09
Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel- Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa2006-07-19
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Palace Hotel2009-11-24
BuyGhosts of Onyx2006-10-31
BuyUprising2009-06-17
Landfall2007-07-10
BuyHalo 3: ODST2009-09-22
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Human Weakness2009-11-24
The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 32007-09-25
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Wages of Sin2009-11-24
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: The Impossible Life & The Possible Death of Preston Cole2009-11-24
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: From the Office of Dr. William Arthur Iqbal2009-11-24
Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyGlasslands2011-10-25
BuyShadow of Intent2015-12-07
BuyInitiation2014-01-21
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Breaking Strain2016-09-20
Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyThe Thursday War2012-10-02
Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyMortal Dictata2014-01-21
BuyLast Light2015-09-15
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: A Necessary Truth2016-09-20
BuyRetribution2017-08-29
BuyHunters in the Dark2015-06-16
BuyNew Blood2015-03-02
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Lessons Learned2016-09-20
Legacy of Onyx2017-11-14
Bad Blood2018-04-24
Halo: Spartan Assault2013-07-18
BuyHalo: Nightfall2015-03-16
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Anarosa2016-09-20
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Into the Fire2016-09-20
BuySmoke and Shadow2016-11-28
Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Origins2010-02-16
Halo: Spartan Strike2015-04-16
BuySaint’s Testimony2015-07-27
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Oasis2016-09-20
Second Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 42012-11-06
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Dominion Splinter2016-10-25
BuyHalo 4: Sparten Ops2012-11-06
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Fireteam Majestic Poker Night2016-10-25
Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 12014-10-21
Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 22015-04-21
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Knight Takes Bishop2016-10-25
Hunt the TruthHunt the Truth (Season 1)2015-03-22
Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 32015-09-29
Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 42016-03-22
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: On the Brink2016-10-25
Hunt the TruthHunt the Truth (Season 2)2015-09-22
BuyEnvoy2017-04-25
Second Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 5: Guardians2015-10-27
Halo WarsRise of Atriox, , , , , , , TBD
Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Undefeated2016-10-25
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Rossbach’s World2016-09-20
Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: What Remains2016-09-20
Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: The Return2009-11-24
Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars 22017-02-21
The Halo Timeline 2.0