Halo Timeline and Chronology

One of the most successful franchises in video game history, the Halo story has expanded more than any other game series before it with its multiple series of books, comics, and more!

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.

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How to Use This Timeline

How to Use This Timeline

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  2. Filtering by Media Type.

Also feel free to click on individual items to see more information!

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

2009-11-24

2

Forerunner Saga

Novel

Greg Bear

2011-01-04

3

Forerunner Saga

Novel

Greg Bear

2012-01-03

4

Forerunner Saga

Novel

Greg Bear

2013-03-19

5

Halo: Fractures

Short Story

John Jackson Miller

2016-09-20

6

Halo: Fractures

Short Story

2016-09-20

7

Halo: Fractures

Short Story

Christie Golden

2016-09-20

8

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

9

Novel

John Shirley

2014-11-04

10

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-04-27

11

Novel

Joseph Staten

2007-10-30

11.001

Graphic Novel

Alex Irvine

2018-12-18

11.002

Novel

Troy Denning

2018-09-04

12

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

B. K. Evenson

2009-11-24

13

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

14

Halo Wars

Graphic Novel

Ensemble Studios

2009-03-03

15

Halo Wars

Game

Ensemble Studios

2009-02-26

16

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-12-14

17

The Fall of Reach

Short Film

Heath Corson

2015-10-27

18

Television

Aaron Helbing
Todd Helbing

2012-11-02

19

Halo: Fractures

Short Story

Frank O’Connor

2016-09-20

20

Novel

Tobias Buckell

2008-11-25

21

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Alex Irvine

2016-10-25

22

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

23

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

24

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Frank O’Connor

2009-11-24

25

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

26

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Jonathan Goff

2009-11-24

27

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Jonathan Goff

2016-10-25

28

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2010-03-10

29

Graphic Novel

Fred Van Lente

2010-07-28

30

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Fred Van Lente

2009-11-24

31

The Fall of Reach

Novel

Eric Nylund

2001-10-30

32

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2012-07-18

33

Game

Bungie

2010-09-14

34

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Tobias Buckell

2009-11-24

35

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Eric Raab

2009-11-24

36

The Original Halo Trilogy

Game

Bungie

2001-11-15

37

Novel

William C. Dietz

2003-04-01

38

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Tsutomu Nihei

2006-07-19

39

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Lee Hammock

2006-07-19

40

Novel

Eric Nylund

2003-12-02

41

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Andrew Robinson
Ed Lee
Jay Faerber

2006-07-19

42

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Jeff VanderMeer
Tessa Kum

2009-11-24

43

The Original Halo Trilogy

Game

Bungie

2004-11-09

44

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Jean Giraud

2006-07-19

45

Halo Evolutions

Short Story

Robert McLees

2009-11-24

46

Novel

Eric Nylund

2006-10-31

47

Graphic Novel

Brian Michael Bendis

2009-06-17

48

Short Film

Neill Blomkamp

2007-07-10

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