The chronological order of Halo isn’t easy. The Halo Universe includes not just games, but also dozens of books, comics and movies that compliment the story. With so many different media and intersecting story arcs, it’s hard for newcomers to determine where to start. That’s why we created the Halo Timeline. The Timeline explains the order of Halo’s books, comics and films & series, with the games as the central thread. The games are published in this order:
- Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
- Halo 2 (2004)
- Halo 3 (2007)
- Halo Wars (2009)
This game takes place during the First Contact with the Covenant.
- Halo 3: ODST (2009)
- Halo Reach (2009)
- Halo 4 (2012)
- Halo 5: Guardians (2015)
- Halo Wars 2 (2017)
- Halo Infinite (2020)
This entry was updated in July 2020.
Now we place the games in the complete Halo Timeline, along with all the books, comics, movies and series. We’ve arranged all media in the Halo universe in chronological order as far as possible . However, due to flashbacks, time jumps or stories that take place over a longer period of time, that’s not always feasible. In that case we use an order that is as logical as possible.
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