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Halo TV Show timeline is still ‘rooted in Canon’

The next Halo TV show will not take place in the video game timeline and will instead use a new “Silver Timeline”. Despite this, the show is still “rooted in canon” and will feature everything you’d expect from the story of Master Chief’s fight against the Covenant. It just comes from a “different perspective”.

Speaking to IGN Fan Fest 2022, Halo Executive Producer and 343 Industries Transmedia Studio Head Kiki Wolfkill said, “Halo’s silver timeline is all about giving the spectacle and canon space central to growing, evolving and being what they need. to be. Really think of the Halo Silver timeline as being rooted in canon, so the events and characters and certainly all the things that you see in canon are all part of the series, but sometimes you’ll see those events from a different perspective.

“There are times and places where we had to bring events closer together than they are in the [original] timeline, and that’s a good example of where the context might change a bit, but it should feel very Halo,” she explained. “Ultimately, the heart of Halo are these pillars of heroism and humanity and the wonder of science fiction and hope. All of these things are at the heart of what we do. is a case where when people watch the show they will feel Halo and there will be a lot of things that they will recognize verbatim, and a lot of things that will feel a little bit different just so the narrative has a chance to go there where it needs to go without colliding with any part of the base barrel.

One of the things that will diverge from the game’s original canon is that we’ll actually see the face of Master Chief. In games, the SPARTAN never publicly removes his helmet.

While the Silver Timeline means the Halo TV show is free to take its own approach to certain aspects, plenty of nods to the games will be included.

“There are a lot of Easter eggs in there, and it was a lot of fun putting them in there,” said director Otto Bathurst. “We had an incredible team, especially in production design and graphic design, which absolutely took it to the nth level. So I’m going to put my neck on the line and challenge you to stop the picture and zoom in.

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The Halo TV show will premiere March 24, 2022 on Paramount+ in the United States. For more, check out our detailed trailer breakdown and the entire cast revealed so far.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Editor.