The Halo franchise began 18 years ago (2001). During that same year Microsoft released the Xbox. Can you guess what game they used to help with boosting the sales of the console? That’s right, Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo helped Xbox boost interest of getting the console to play this new FPS Shooter.

By the end of 2001, Xbox had sold 1.5 million consoles. It may not seem like a lot compared to the other consoles back then, but Microsoft knew that Halo was special and thus began the franchise that would go on to sell millions of copies and be worth billions.

This article is being written because Halo Infinite will be coming in 2020 along with the new xbox console and the new generation of halo players need to take a look back to the start.

Halo: Combat Evolved

Released: November 15, 2001

Halo: Combat Evolved begins with the UNSC Pillar of Autumn emerging out of slipspace after the Fall of Reach, only to find a huge ring world—a “Halo”—floating in space.

Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 (although his name is never mentioned throughout the game), a SPARTAN-II, is aboard the Pillar of Autumn when the ship comes under attack by the Covenant, a religious alliance of aliens and the archenemy of humanity.

With the ship about to be overrun, Captain Jacob Keyes, the commander of the Autumn, orders John-117 to protect the ship’s artificial intelligence, Cortana.

She carries highly sensitive information about the United Nations Space Command, including the location of Earth, which would prove disastrous if captured by the Covenant.

John-117 evacuates the doomed ship for the surface of Halo to protect Cortana. With the UNSC Marines by his side, Cortana providing direction, and his assault rifle ready and loaded, John-117 sets out to uncover the mysteries of Halo and fight the. Read the rest here

Halo 2

Released: November 9, 2004

The game begins on High Charity, the mobile capital city of the Covenant. The former Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, Commander Thel ‘Vadamee, is being tried before the High Council for his failure to protect Halo.

Despite his insistence that the Flood hampered his abilities, the Hierarchs who lead the council, the High Prophets of Truth, Mercy, and Regret, deem him guilty of failing to protect the Sacred Ring.

‘Vadamee is then stripped of his rank and branded with the Mark of Shame by Tartarus, the Chieftain of the Brutes.

The story then turns to Earth’s Orbital Defense Platform Cairo Station, where Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 receives the new MJOLNIR Mark VI armor from the Master Gunnery Sergeant.

Avery Junior Johnson, who recently got promoted to Sergeant Major, arrives to take the Master Chief to an awards ceremony overseen by Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood for the dual purposes of awarding meritorious acts and boosting the morale of the surviving human population. Read the rest here.

Halo 3

Released: September 25, 2007

The storyline begins approximately two weeks after the events of Halo 2, on November 17th, 2552. John-117 enters Earth’s atmosphere and crash-lands in an east African jungle.

After being retrieved by Sergeant Major Avery Johnson, Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam, and a handful of Marines, the group makes their way through the jungle toward a designated extraction point.

Covenant forces are sighted in the area and Johnson makes a strategic decision to split the group up to reduce their chances of getting spotted.

John-117 and Thel ‘Vadam continue on their way to the extraction zone with the second squad, fighting off numerous Brute-led Covenant troops in the process, but upon reaching the extraction zone, Avery Johnson’s Pelican group consisting of two Pelicans, are ambushed and shot down by Banshees.

Johnson and his men are then captured and taken prisoner by a number of Brutes led by a Brute Chieftain. John-117, Thel ‘Vadam, and company fight their way through hordes of enemies and eventually rescued. Read the rest here.

Halo: Reach

Released: September 14, 2010

By the 26th century, humanity has expanded beyond the confines of Earth’s Solar System.

Now it inhabits hundreds of worlds in other star systems under the ultimate control of the Unified Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command, the Earth government’s military, and scientific arm. However, colonization did not come without its problems.

By the late 25th century, various rebel and secessionist factions were commonly known as Insurrectionists emerged in the Outer Colonies, actively opposing the UNSC-imposed rule on the outlying worlds.

In 2517, the SPARTAN-II program was initiated by the UNSC to counter the threat of an imminent all-out civil war in the Outer Colonies by producing a group of biologically-enhanced super soldiers.

In 2525, humanity made first contact with a powerful alien hegemony known as the Covenant on the distant farming world of Harvest.

Following an unfortunate chain of events set in motion by the contact at Harvest, the Covenant’s religious leaders deemed humans “unclean beings”. read the rest here.

Halo 4

Released: November 6, 2012

Halo 4 marks the return of John-117 as a playable protagonist after three Halo games focusing on different sets of characters.

Having been lost in space for five years after the finale of Halo 3, John-117 and Cortana, adrift aboard the wreckage of the aft section of the UNSC frigate Forward Unto Dawn, find themselves near Requiem, the Forerunner shield world first glimpsed in the Legendary ending of Halo 3.

The game also shows how humanity and the UNSC have adapted to the post-war world, particularly how they have co-opted Forerunner technology into their military devices and assets.

Member species of the former Covenant return in the game, in the form of Jul ‘Mdama’s Covenant faction, consisting of Elites and most of their former subordinate species, including Grunts and Jackals. Read the rest here.

Halo 5: Guardians

Released: October 27, 2015

Halo 5: Guardians features the largest ensemble cast of characters in any Halo game yet, with both new and returning characters.

The primary protagonist of the Halo series, Spartan-II super soldier Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, returns in Halo 5: Guardians following the end of Halo 4.

It has been noted that John has begun to question all of his former beliefs following the events of “The Next 72 Hours”, a story arc of the comic series Halo: Escalation during which he reunites with his long-time Spartan-II unit Blue Team, comprising Kelly-087, Fred-104, and Linda-058.

Halo 5: Guardians marks the in-game debut of Blue Team, who fights alongside the Master Chief throughout the campaign.

Halo Infinite

Release Date: Holiday 2020

A sequel to Halo 5 had entered the planning stages by September 2015. By this point, the developers were aware of where the story would go and had begun writing the game.

The game has been referred to offhand as “Halo 6,” before the official title was announced at E3 2018.

Frank O’Connor has argued that the next installment would feature “a much more human story”. The studio plans on keeping the cooperative mode introduced in Halo 5.

Halo Infinite will have four-player split-screen, as will all other future Halo FPS games.

I did not include any of the spin-off games that were made because this post was only focused on the main series. Below is a list of the games not mentioned.

  • Halo Wars
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: Spartan Strike
  • Halo Wars 2

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