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

11.001

2525 CE

Short Film

Heath Corson

2015-10-27

12

2525 CE

Graphic Novel

Alex Irvine

2018-12-18

Ties together with Silent Storm.

15

2526 CE

Novel

Troy Denning

2018-09-04

Ties together with Collateral Damage.

16

2526 CE

Film

Aaron Helbing
Todd Helbing

2012-11-02

Bulk of this miniseries goes here. Frame story takes place in 2558 CE.

17

2526 CE

Novel

Troy Denning

2019-09-24

17.001

2531 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

18

2531 CE

Short Film

John Powell

2010-02-16

18.001

2531 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

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

26.001

2543 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

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

32.001

2525 CE

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2011-12-14

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

35.001

August 2552 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

36

August 2552 CE

Graphic Novel

Brian Reed

2012-07-18

36.001

August 2552 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

36.002

August 2552 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

37

August 2552 CE

Game

Bungie

2010-09-14

37.001

August 2552 CE

Short Story

Eric Nylund

2010-01-01

Included in the TOR edition of The Fall of Reach.

38

September 2552 CE

Short Story

Tobias Buckell

2009-11-24

39

September 2552 CE

Game

Bungie

2001-11-15

Anniversary remake of the original was released in November 15, 2011.

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

Comments
  1. Thomas Bellersen

    I realized that you didn’t add any of the live action trailers and I know that at least some of them are cannon. I don’t know when any of them take place except for Deliver Hope (the halo reach one) which I know takes place in April 2552. I don’t know if you’re still going to be editing the document, but I thought you should look into adding those since they are cannon and pretty good.

  2. Pablo Sauza

    The release order is wrong

  3. Zach Bradford

    Nice job on all this hard work, Jason, my dude! Thanks to Abraham for the FoR Adjuncts too; any luck with the First Strike ones too? And as previously commented, I’d love to work the live action trailers into this timeline too (tho I know they’re not all definitively dated). Best to all.

    1. Jason Hamilton

      I’ll definitely look into the trailers for my next update.

  4. Thomas Bellersen

    I am working through this list and just got to Tales from Slipspace: Hunting Party and you put it right after Headhunters because it doesn’t have a specific place it could go but based on what I read it probably makes more sense to go sometime after halo 3 but before halo wars 2. As they mention the death of Tatarus, and the fall of the covenant.

  5. Abraham Smith

    I did find that “The Flood” and “First Strike” had Adjuncts too. Most of the “Flood adjuncts took place at some time During the story so most of this is a guess. Flood adjunct 1: Just after H:CE/The Flood, Flood Adjunct 2: During H:CE/The Flood, Sometime shortly after the FLOOD were released. Flood Adjunct 3: During H:CE again sometime after the flood were released. Flood Adjunct 4: Different parts Throughout H: THE FLOOD. Flood Adjunct 5: While the chief is on the Flood infected Covenant ship looking for what remains of Captain Keyes. Flood adjunct 6: I am guessing “L” stood for “Librarian” so I’m guessing It took place during before Silentium. As for the First Strike Adjuncts: FS Adjunct 1: After Silent Storm, Adjunct 2: Unknown time after Halo 3, Adjunct 3: After between “Armor Testing” and Halo 2. Adjunct 4: Right after Halo 3. Hope this helps.

  6. Abraham Smith

    I have managed to figure out a few of the the Live action trailers. You have Landfall and a guy mention “Deliver hope” which takes place between HellJumpers and FoR: Covenant. There is another called, “Birth of a Spartan.” It is about the Spartan From Reach known as Carter (Noble 1). I can’t say exactly where but knowing his age in Reach and the looking at the age he appears to be in the trailer, I am estimating it takes place sometime between “Cole Protocol,” and “the Babysitter.” Another is called, “Remember Reach,” AKA “THe Day Before” Which I would place just after “Blood Line”. There is another called “The Commissioning”, which begins with them Commissioning the Infinity early in 2557, it visually ends with the ship falling towards Requiem, so you could put it just before Halo 4. Another one called, “The Life, ” or “We are ODST.” Probably takes place just before Halo 2. There one called “Scanned” though I couldn’t tell you when or if that takes place. Could take place in the Middle of Halo 4 while the CHief is being Augmented by the Librarian remnant. There Then there is “All Hail,” and “the Cost,” which introduce us to the duality of Chief and Locke, but I couldn’t tell you when or even IF they took place. “A hero falls,” and the “Believe” campaign will take place after “Infinite.” IF they even take place at all.

  7. ABRAHAM J SMITH

    I still recommend that you switch “Spartan Assault” and “Nightfall”.

  8. Thomas Bellersen

    Have you thought about adding Fistful of Arrows to the list? I know it’s /technically/ not cannon, but both Bungie and 343 have acknowledged it and a few years ago they planned to make it cannon but I don’t think that ever went through. It still fits in modern day cannon though. I personally think it should be added to the list but I also fully understand why it shouldn’t be.

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