Halo Encyclopedia

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Halo Encyclopedia
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Author(s):

Tobias Buckell

Publisher:

DK Publishing

Publication date:

  • Original edition: October 11th, 2009 (limited retailers), October 19th, 2009
  • Updated edition: September 19th, 2011[1]

Media type:

Print (Hardcover)

Pages:

352 pages (original), 368 pages (updated)

ISBN:

 

The Halo Encyclopedia is an official guidebook of the Halo universe, published by Dorling Kindersley and created in conjunction with 343 Industries.[2] The encyclopedia has a foreword written by Frank O'Connor, head of 343 Industries, with Tobias Buckell editing.[3][4] The cover of the book was illustrated by Craig Mullins.[5]

The original edition of the Encyclopedia was released on October 19th, 2009. An updated edition of the Halo Encyclopedia with an extra sixteen pages (including information on Halo: Reach) was released on September 19th, 2011.[1]

Official summary[edit]

This is a must-have guide to the Halo universe. Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction, as hostile forces and ancient mysteries threaten to snuff out our first fiery foray into the universe. Take a trip into the world of Halo and discover everything you ever wanted to know about the characters, weapons, vehicles, equipment and locations from Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars and Halo 3: ODST. From the Colonial Administration Authority to the UNSC, you'll find an overview of Halo's human history and structure and gain insight into key organizations. Discover all about the Covenant - its history and religion - as well as the Forerunners, Flood and much more. It's what Halo fans have been waiting for.

Content review[edit]

The Halo Encyclopedia begins with a foreword by Frank O'Connor. It then introduces the Master Chief, the Covenant and many other aspects of the Halo universe. Chapter One contains a timeline (complete to publication), followed by chapters on humans, Spartans, the Covenant, the Flood, the Forerunners, the Human-Covenant War, science and technology, transport, locations and finally weapons - before a glossary of terms, index and acknowledgements.

Reception and errors[edit]

Reception to the Halo Encyclopedia has been mixed. Some reviewers and readers praised the book's detailed approach to its content. However, other reviewers stated that the book's images are often of poor quality and "at times seem haphazardly thrown together."[6] Others criticisms centered on the work's poor editing, most notably its poor spelling and grammar. Misattributions are also frequent, with the Scout and Rogue armor being referred to as one armor type. Later printings of the Encyclopedia feature improved editing, eliminating many mistakes that exist in the initial printing, including several mislabelings and missattributions. Nonetheless, several factual inaccuracies remain. For example, the ranking system of the Brutes is mangled, with a picture of a Major labeled as a Minor, and the color of an Ultra's armor is mis-cited as cyan instead of violet.

It has also been noted that a number of descriptions in the book are ostensibly based upon, even quoted from, those of Halopedia. This has also resulted in several errors; for example, the Encyclopedia splits the Battle of Earth into a "First" and "Second" battle, a decision originating from Halopedia, until newer information from Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Halo 3: ODST established that the battle was in fact one continuous engagement. Another error has even had impact on the series canon outside of the Encyclopedia itself: the book mentions a faction of Insurrectionists named the "United Rebel Front" or "URF"; this name originated from Halopedia, which had mistakenly interpreted the descriptive term "united rebel front", mentioned in Ghosts of Onyx, as a proper name. Even though Halopedia later corrected this mistake, the misunderstanding persisted and led to the United Rebel Front being integrated into newer works of official fiction.[7]

The 2011 edition incorporates new content, mainly image assets, from Halo: Reach, as well as correcting some of the mislabelings in the original. However, many of the errors remain, such as referencing the "first" and "second" battles of Earth. 343 Industries Content Creator Jeremy Patenaude has acknowledged that many of the errors remain in the new edition, and stated that future efforts to create a Halo universe encyclopedia would be rewritten from the ground up.[8]

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amazon.com: Halo Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Amazon.com - Halo Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
  3. ^ Joystiq.com - DK to publish official Halo Encyclopedia
  4. ^ N4G.com - Halo Encyclopedia coming
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, Acknowledgments
  6. ^ Though I must say, they could have done a better job on some of the images. At times these seem haphazardly thrown together. Low resolution models of items have been blown up to show just how shoddy their design was in game. - Gamer's Daily News
  7. ^ Halo 4, Oceanic armor description
  8. ^ halo.bungie.org: Re: Just got my revised Encyclopedia

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