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…
Things have been a bit quiet on this blog lately, but for good reason because I’ve been working on perhaps my biggest, most ridiculously ambitious project yet.
PREVIOUSLY ON HALO has been a novel-length endeavour. No, really, the complete master document ended up being 100,000 words in length, and it all came together in about four months.
The mission: create a story guide for series newcomers, returning players, and fans who want a quick and accessible ‘bible’ for the complete Halo story beyond the games.
Considering that 343 has officially endorsed the site, I daresay that objective has been fulfilled!
From books to movies, games to comics, there's a lot to learn about the Halo universe. Get brushed up on the finer points before #HaloInfinite releases using this newcomer-friendly guide by @Haruspis!
— Halo (@Halo) September 14, 2021
In the two decades that I have been a Halo fan, I have vociferously devoured every piece of media this franchise has had to offer, permanently wiring my brain to this universe.
“Might as well do something useful with that information, right?” I thought.
Little did I realise that (after the tremendous reception my work on PREVIOUSLY ON DESTINY got) I would be setting out to write 100,000 words in 4 months, summarising over 180 individual stories.
PREVIOUSLY ON HALO has been a labour of love to a series that has been with me for as long as I can remember. It’s strange to think that I was (fittingly) seven years old when Halo: Combat Evolved released, meaning that Halo has been in my life far longer than it hasn’t.
In recent years, it’s provided me a platform, a community, countless friends, and kickstarted my own entry into the gaming industry.
That all comes from these stories.
As we head in Halo Infinite, representing the next ten years of this journey, I wanted to look back to illuminate the stories, characters, and worlds that I’ve loved for the last two decades. A way to share the bigger picture of the Halo universe — especially beyond the games — in a way that I hope is helpfully easy to digest.
Many fantastic resources exist to provide the full spread of in-depth detail about these things, but what of the newcomer who is understandably intimidated by the scale of Halo’s narrative offering and unsure where to start?
What of the long-time fan who has perhaps been out of the loop for some years and wants to quickly get a sense of what’s been happening in the story and where things are at?
Where I have become known over the years for extensive narrative analyses on this very blog, I thought it would be a fitting challenge to attempt to summarise these stories — capturing their essence, their themes — which might help guide Halo fans new and old to the kinds of tales they gravitate towards.
So, thank you for your support over the years — for your readership, your comments, your friendship, and more.
It’s been a long road to get here, but I think this is just the start of our Great Journey.
Running websites on payment plans which provide the best options to create the best content can be super expensive.
If you’ve enjoyed my work over the years and feel like supporting me, I would be incredibly grateful.
If you can’t donate (or simply don’t want to), your readership is support enough for me!