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.

As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our Contact page. We hope you enjoy.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

47

Graphic Novel

Brian Michael Bendis

2009-06-17

59

Kilo-Five Trilogy

Novel

Karen Traviss

2012-10-02

37

Novel

William C. Dietz

2003-04-01

32

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2012-07-18

16

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-12-14

10

The Fall of Reach

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-04-27

17

The Fall of Reach

Short Film

Heath Corson

2015-10-27

31

The Fall of Reach

Novel

Eric Nylund

2001-10-30

20

Novel

Tobias Buckell

2008-11-25

93

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

John Jackson Miller

2016-10-25

21

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Alex Irvine

2016-10-25

88

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Duffy Boudreau

2016-10-25

83

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Tyler Jeffers

2016-10-25

27

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Jonathan Goff

2016-10-25

81

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Kody Chamberlain

2016-10-25

79

Tales from Slipspace

Comic Issue

Frank O’Connor

2016-10-25

73

Novel

Kelly Gay

2016-11-28

4

Forerunner Saga

Novel

Greg Bear

2013-03-19

11.002

Novel

Troy Denning

2018-09-04

56

Short Story

Joseph Staten

2015-12-07

76

Short Story

Frank O’Connor

2015-07-27

92

Halo Wars

Graphic Novel

Alex Irvine
Claire Roe
Cullen Bunn
Jody Houser
John Jackson Miller
Jonathan Wayshak
Josan Gonzalez
Tristan Jones

2018-05-29

63

Novel

Troy Denning

2017-08-29

3

Forerunner Saga

Novel

Greg Bear

2012-01-03

65

Novel

Matt Forbeck

2015-03-02

60

Kilo-Five Trilogy

Novel

Karen Traviss

2014-01-21

22

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

8

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

25

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

23

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

74

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

13

Halo: Legends

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

90.001

Novel

Matt Forbeck

2017-11-14

61

Novel

Troy Denning

2015-09-15

48

Short Film

Neill Blomkamp

2007-07-10

57

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2014-01-21

64

Novel

Peter David

2015-06-16

89

Hunt the Truth

Audio Drama

343 Industries

2015-09-22

85

Hunt the Truth

Audio Drama

343 Industries

2015-03-22

28

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2010-03-10

75

Game

343 Industries

2015-04-16

69

Game

343 Industries

2013-07-18

33

Game

Bungie

2010-09-14

70

Television

Paul T. Scheuring

2015-03-16

36

The Original Halo Trilogy

Game

Bungie

2001-11-15

14

Halo Wars

Graphic Novel

Ensemble Studios

2009-03-03

97

Halo Wars

Game

Creative Assembly

2017-02-21

15

Halo Wars

Game

Ensemble Studios

2009-02-26

39

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Lee Hammock

2006-07-19

38

Halo Graphic Novel

Comic Issue

Tsutomu Nihei

2006-07-19

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