When you hear the word “Halo” what do you think of? For the average person on the street, they would probably say the ring on an Angels head. If you ask a gamer however, they would begin talking about the Xbox Exclusive video game series called Halo.
So, what is Halo?
Halo is the ultra-successful video game series created originally by Bungie Studios. Bungie created Halo: Combat Evolved as a launch title for the original Xbox and its popularity soared from there. After five installments Halo 1-3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: reach, Bungie split from Microsoft to pursue their own independent ventures. Some of the Bungie staff joined other developers who were passionate about Halo and created 343 Industries. Named after the Halo monitor 343 Guilty Spark, 343 Industries first endeavor was the Xbox Halo hub called Halo: Waypoint. Then they moved on to assist Saber Interactive in creating Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary in 2011, and finally came out with their own game, Halo 4 in 2012. Since this release, what was originally planned as a new Halo trilogy dubbed the “Reclaimer trilogy” has now evolved into the “Reclaimer Saga.”
Halo is not just about games however. It has spawned a number of best-selling novels penned by authors such as Eric Nyland, Karen Traviss, and Greg Bear. Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nyland was the first Novel, and told the origin of the series hero John-117 aka the Master Chief and his fellow Spartan II’s. The last novel released was the final book in the Forerunner saga, Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear. The final novel of Karen Traviss’ Kilo 5 trilogy, Moral Dictata is due out in January 2014 and will conclude that story arc.
Halo has never made it on the big screen, there were talks of a Halo movie at one point, but those talks are now at a standstill. Halo has made it onto the small screen however. Halo: forward unto dawn was a five episode long web series that gave the origin story and background of Captain Thomas Lasky, who players meet in Halo 4’s campaign. At this year’s E3 this past June, Bonnie Ross, 343i’s General Manager and Studio Head, got on stage and wowed fans with the reveal that a Halo TV series was going into development directed by Stephen Spielberg. No other information on the Halo TV series has surfaced at this time.