Halowaypoint Blog recently published an article detailing the upcoming release of a book called “Halo: Shadows of Reach”. These events will lead to Halo InfiniteHistory in a way. Halo: Shadows of Reach will be released on September 22, just in time for Halo Infinite. The book takes place after the events of Halo 5 (1 year after the end of Halo 5).
Pre-Halo Infinite Story – Halo 5
Ok, so where are we exactly? Halo Infinite takes place after the events of Halo 5. The story of Halo 5 revolves largely around Cortana (an artificial intelligence), Cortana plans to use the Guardians to achieve peace through forced disarmament. Many AIs across the galaxy join Cortana, while Master Chief tries to convince her to withdraw.
Finally, Cortana begins to stop everything with the help of the other AIs. USNC Infinity (the USNC flagship created using advanced Forerunners and Covenant technologies) narrowly escapes Cortana and begins to jump through the slippery space to avoid detection.
Between Infinity and the Spartan groups of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, they may be the only hope for humanity in the battle against Cortana.
Halo Infinite Story – Shadows of Reach
Recently ad book written by Troy Denning, takes place after the events of Halo 5. The description is as follows:
October 2559. It has been a year since the renegade artificial intelligence Cortana issued a galaxy-wide ultimatum, subjecting many worlds to martial law under the indomitable grip of its Forerunner weapons. Out of his perspective, members of the blue team – John-117, the Master Chief; Fred-104; Kelly-087; and Linda-058 – are assigned from the UNSC Infinite to make a secret insertion on the ravaged planet Reach.
Their former home and training ground – and the site of humanity’s most cataclysmic military defeat towards the end of the Covenant War – Reach still hides a myriad of secrets after all these years. The Blue Team’s mission is to delve deep into the rubble of CASTLE Base and recover top secret assets locked up in Dr. Catherine Halsey’s abandoned lab – assets that may prove to be humanity’s last hope against Cortana.
But Reach has been invaded by a powerful and ruthless alien faction, which has its own reasons for being there. Establishing himself as a vicious occupying force on the devastated planet, this enemy will soon transform the simple recovery operation of the Blue Team into a real crisis. And with the fate of the galaxy in the balance, mission failure is not an option….
To summarize: USNC Infinity orders Blue Team from planet Reach. On Reach, they search for clues among the rubble to find a way to defeat Cortana.
What we don’t know is whether the events of Shadows of Reach take place before Halo Infinite or if this is also part of the history of Halo Infinite. We have seen scenes from Halo Infinite that appear to be from Reach. Part of Halo Infinite will certainly take place on Reach, so maybe Blue Team never found out what it was looking for in “Shadows of Reach”. The book’s release is scheduled for September 22.
HaloFollower on Shadows of Reach
For those who prefer video summaries, here is a great entry from one of the best: