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

ChronologicalTimeBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

100,000 BC

Short Story

N/A

2009-11-24

2

100,000 BC

Novel

Greg Bear

2011-01-04

3

100,000 BC

Novel

Greg Bear

2012-01-03

4

100,000 BC

Novel

Greg Bear

2013-03-19

5

100,000 BC

Short Story

John Jackson Miller

2016-09-20

6

100,000 BC

Short Story

Christie Golden

2016-09-20

7

100,000 BC

Short Story

N/A

2016-09-20

8

2142 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

9

2514 CE

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-04-27

10

2528 CE

Short Story

B. K. Evenson

2009-11-24

11

2525 CE

Novel

Joseph Staten

2007-10-30

12

2525 CE

Graphic Novel

Alex Irvine

2018-12-18

13

2525 CE

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-12-14

14

2525 CE

Short Film

Heath Corson

2015-10-27

15

2526 CE

Novel

Troy Denning

2018-09-04

16

2526 CE

Novel

Troy Denning

2019-09-24

17

2526 CE

Film

Aaron Helbing
Todd Helbing

2012-11-02

18

2531 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

19

2531 CE

Graphic Novel

Ensemble Studios

2009-03-03

20

2531 CE

Game

Ensemble Studios

2009-02-26

21

2532 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

22

2532 CE

Short Story

Frank O’Connor

2009-11-24

23

2535 CE

Novel

Tobias S. Buckell

2008-11-25

24

2535 CE

Short Story

Frank O’Connor

2016-09-20

25

2537 CE

Comic Issue

Alex Irvine

2016-10-25

26

2542 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

27

2544 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

28

2548 CE

Novel

Cassandra Rose Clarke

2019-01-01

29

2548 CE

Novel

Cassandra Rose Clarke

2019-10-01

30

2551 CE

Short Story

Jonathan Goff

2009-11-24

31

?

Comic Issue

Jonathan Goff

2016-10-25

32

January 2552 CE

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2010-03-10

33

July 2552 CE

Short Story

Fred Van Lente

2009-11-24

34

July 2552 CE

Graphic Novel

Fred Van Lente

2010-07-28

35

2514-2552 CE

Novel

Eric Nylund

2001-10-30

36

August 2552 CE

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2012-07-18

37

August 2552 CE

Game

Bungie

2010-09-14

38

September 2552 CE

Short Story

Tobias Buckell

2009-11-24

39

September 2552 CE

Game

Bungie

2001-11-15

40

September 2552 CE

Novel

William C. Dietz

2003-04-01

41

September 2552 CE

Game

2018-07-10

42

September 2552 CE

Comic Issue

Tsutomu Nihei

2006-07-19

43

September 2552 CE

Comic Issue

Lee Hammock

2006-07-19

44

2552 CE

Short Story

Eric Raab

2009-11-24

45

October 2552 CE

Novel

Eric Nylund

2003-12-02

46

October 2552 CE

Comic Issue

Andrew Robinson
Ed Lee
Jay Faerber

2006-07-19

47

October 2552 CE

Game

Bungie

2004-11-09

48

2552 CE

Novel

John Shirley

2014-11-04

49

October 2552 CE

Short Story

Robert McLees

2009-11-24

50

October 2552 CE

Comic Issue

Jean Giraud

2006-07-19

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