Halo Encyclopedia (2022)
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|Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition)|
The Halo Encyclopedia is a reference book originally set to be published on March 29, 2022 by Dark Horse in conjunction with 343 Industries, but later delayed to April 12, 2022. The book is a successor to the previous Halo Encyclopedia released in 2009, and features numerous custom-made pieces of artwork by both 343 in-house artists and several images and designs created by the fan mod Sins of the Prophets and Halo: A Fistful of Arrows creator Levi Hoffmeier.
|“||In the 26th century, humanity relentlessly continues their fight for survival, an enduring conflict set against the backdrop of the enigmatic and ancient ringworld known as Halo.
The universe of Halo is remarkably vast in scale and astonishingly elaborate in detail, telling rich stories filled with bold characters, breathtaking worlds, and thrilling conflicts. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Halo, Dark Horse and 343 Industries have teamed up to deliver the most definitive guide to the universe thus far. Spanning over a hundred millennia and encompassing over a hundred thousand light years, the Halo Encyclopedia captures two decades of storytelling with stunning, never-before-seen art and the most detailed exploration of the universe’s many characters, worlds, and technologies to have ever been created.
The Halo Encyclopedia begins with a chronology of the events in the Halo universe. The book is divided into five sections: Humanity, Covenant, Forerunners, Flood, and Banished.
The book's meta-narrative is framed as an communications log between Adjutant Revendicate - the sub-monitor of Installation 07 created from the mind of the Auditor - and Invariant Bias, Monitor of the Absolute Record. The brief exchange is present in the books opening and closing pages, and details Revendicate's wishes to enter information into the Absolute Record in the wake of The Harbinger's defeat as depicted in Halo Infinite. The Halo Encyclopedia's text is framed as the repository of information gathered by Revendicate, giving the book an in-universe grounding in a similar manner to the Curator meta-narrative framing 2016's Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo.
- The Lancer-class fast-attack corvette and the Scholte-class missile corvette were to be featured in the Halo Encyclopedia but were cut due to space constraints.
- The CQS48 Bulldog is stated as having an 8-round magazine. The correct number of rounds should be 7.
- The image labels for the Sangheili Honor Guardsman and the Sangheili Councilor are swapped.
A preview of pages 10 and 11 featuring a chronology of the Human-Covenant Conflict.
A preview of page 84 featuring GEN3 MJOLNIR.
A preview of page 85 featuring the Grappleshot.
Artwork used to introduce the Covenant chapter of the encyclopedia.
Artwork used to introduce the Forerunner chapter of the encyclopedia.
Artwork used to introduce the Flood chapter of the encyclopedia.
Artwork used to introduce the Banished chapter of the encyclopedia.
Art of Ussa 'Xellus.
Render of an Varric-pattern heavy cruiser.
Art of a C718 Longsword.
Artwork representing the Spartan-IIs.
Art of Krelis.
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Master Class (Retrieved on Jul 12, 2021) [archive]
- Twitter, Isaac Hannaford (@Isaac_Hannaford): "That would be me :)" (Retrieved on Feb 23, 2022) [archive]
- Twitter, Levi Hoffmeier (@LeviWasTaken): "Excited to say I've crafted some art for the #Halo Encyclopedia from @DarkHorseComics & @Halo out next year! Sketching Master Chief in my high school notes to teaching myself digital art with A Fistful of Arrows to painting [REDACTED] professionally feels...full-circle.😉" (Retrieved on Oct 29, 2021) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Zeta Testing (Retrieved on Oct 26, 2021) [archive]
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- Dark Horse, Halo Encyclopedia HC (Deluxe Edition) (Retrieved on Dec 14, 2021) [archive]
- Amazon, Halo Encyclopedia (Retrieved on Jul 20, 2021) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Foundations (Retrieved on Jan 12, 2022) [archive]