Tales from Zeta Halo (NON-SPOILER campaign preview)

A mysterious new entity held within a metal slab, an unexpected brotherhood, and a night under the stars…

With the campaign of Halo Infinite dropping out of slipspace imminently, I thought I would give one last preview of some moments from the first few missions that really resonated with me.

Here are three short tales from my time on Zeta Halo.

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So, I’ve played Halo Infinite’s campaign… (SPOILER-FREE impressions)

After being involved in the development of Halo Infinite since 2019 as part of the Forerunner community council, 343 Industries gave me the opportunity to play Halo Infinite’s campaign to share my (spoiler-free) impressions.

Herein lies a small part of my journey exploring Zeta Halo — my account of how 343 has managed to turn Halo’s signature ‘30 seconds of fun’ into 30 minutes of fun.

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Everything Divine Wind sets up for the future of Halo

“So the choice was clear — the San’Shyuum would have to show themselves and take the galaxy by force.”

Halo: Divine Wind, Troy Denning’s latest novel, sets in motion several things that will have a significant impact on the future of the Halo universe.

From the impending return of the San’Shyuum, to potential connections with Showtime’s Halo TV series, and even the Ark’s ability to fire Halo rings… here’s everything Divine Wind establishes that will come to be important in the future.

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HALO: DIVINE WIND – Review (NON-SPOILER)

“Never doubt the devotion of a friend who asks the questions you fear to answer.”

Troy Denning returns to Veta Lopis and her Spartan-III ‘Ferret’ team as they face their greatest challenge yet: preventing the Halos from being fired by the fanatical Castor.

343 Industries provided me an early copy of Halo: Divine Wind, which I did not put down until I turned the last page at 2am.

Here is my (non-spoiler) review of what I think is Denning’s best Halo outing yet.

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‘PREVIOUSLY ON HALO’ – A guide to every game, book, comic, and more!

Since 2001, the Halo universe has spanned a vast array of fiction — games, books, comics, animation, live-action, and much more.

That’s a lot to keep up with!

So, I created ‘PREVIOUSLY ON HALO’, a site which summarises almost every single Halo story since 2001…

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E3 2021: Halo Infinite – A Masterclass of Storytelling

“If you knew how you were going to die, would you live your life differently?”

That quote isn’t just paraphrased from Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), it’s one of the core thematic questions of 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite, which drops out of slipspace Holiday 2021.

It’s that time of year again where we get a peek at what 343 has been building over the last few years, coming off the back of last year’s demo and delay. After this Xbox showcase, featuring Bonnie Ross and Joe Staten, a lot of puzzle pieces have clicked together for the story of Halo Infinite, which simply demands exploration!

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Every Mass Effect Trilogy character who could be in ‘Mass Effect 4’

With Mass Effect: Legendary Edition dropping very soon, let’s look to the future.

As the Milky Way and Andromeda stories are set to collide in some way in the next game, let’s explore which characters from Bioware’s trilogy may still be around over 600 years later…

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Everything Point of Light sets up for Halo Infinite

“There is a gap in the time line. This is… unheard of. It simply should not exist. An entire event has been erased.”

Kelly Gay’s latest (and greatest) novel, Halo: Point of Light, is a masterpiece of franchise literature that sets its sights on opening doors for future stories – for Halo Infinite and beyond.

Early in the book, Spark and the Ace of Spades crew stop off at Installation 07 (Zeta Halo), where we’re heading to with the Master Chief. Let’s explore everything this return to the most nightmarish of the Forerunners’ wheels sets up for Halo Infinite…

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Everything Shadows of Reach sets up for Halo Infinite

“We will gather our forces on this world and depart at once. There is a greater purpose that the Banished must attend to.”

It’s been some time since now since Troy Denning’s latest Halo novel, Shadows of Reach, dropped out of slipspace (in fact, they’ve already announced the next one!)

From the state of the galaxy, to the Master Chief’s character arc, Banished politics, and beyond – let’s explore everything Blue Team’s return to Reach sets up for Halo Infinite…

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Halo fiction for Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month, a time to raise awareness of women’s history, and to listen to and uplift their voices.

From Lorraine McLees to Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, to everyone between and beyond, women have been foundational to Halo’s success since its inception.

There are light years left to travel, but Halo has generally been one of the more progressive creative platforms for stories about diverse and complex women – increasingly often told by women as well.

I’ve put together a selection of great Halo stories which are either about or told by women that you should absolutely put on your reading list…

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