By release date and timeline

HALO is one of the most beloved game franchises of all time, bringing together millions of players each year.

Overall, the Xbox exclusive series boasts 16 entries, with most linking to the main storyline experienced by spartan soldier Master Chief Sierra-117.

Halo is a critically acclaimed first-person shooter franchise


Halo is a critically acclaimed first-person shooter franchiseCredit: Alamy

Star Wars is set 500 years in the future as the user battles against enemies including The Covenant, The Prophets, The Forerunners, The Flood and later The Prometheans.

Any gamer looking to play through the entire collection has two ways to do it.

They can play the games in release order, or for a truly immersive experience, by following the franchise in chronological order.

We’ve put together a guide to completing the series one way or another below.

Halo franchise release order

Here are the Halo games in release order, along with their release dates.

To keep things brief, we didn’t include mobile games or commemorative remakes released later.

  • Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
  • Halo 2 (2004)
  • Halo 3 (2007)
  • Halo Wars (2009)
  • Halo 3: ODST (2009)
  • Halo Reach (2010)
  • Halo 4 (2012)
  • Halo 5 (Guardian)
  • Halo Wars 2 (2017)
  • Halo Infinite (2021)

Halo franchise chronology

You can also play the games in the order they were set up.

  • Halo Wars (2531)
  • Halo Reach (2552)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (2552)
  • Halo 2 (2552)
  • Halo 3 (2552)
  • Halo 3: ODST (2552)
  • Halo 4 (2557)
  • Halo 5: Guardian (2558)
  • Halo Wars 2 (2559)
  • Halo Infinite (2560)
Halo: Combat Evolved was first released on Xbox in 2001


Halo: Combat Evolved was first released on Xbox in 2001

Will there be any more Halo games?

The developers of the Halo franchise, 343 studios, have yet to announce if any more games will be released.

The latest title, Halo Infinite, has been delayed by more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, among other factors.

It’s the campaign mode, following The Master Chief, which was released on December 8, 2021.

However, former Infinite director Chris Lee said that the title is intended to pave the way for future Halo games.

“Halo Infinite is the beginning of our future foundation,” he said.

“We wanted Infinite to evolve over time, instead of using those numbered titles and having all the niches we had before.

“It’s really about creating Halo Infinite as the beginning of the next 10 years for Halo and then building on that as we go along with our fans and community.” By release date and timeline


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