Nine years of Master Chief and Halo (photos)
Though there's no way to know if Halo: Reach will break any sales records, it's a sure bet to be one of the biggest sellers of 2010 and will give Microsoft yet another exclusive title to tout when it promotes the Xbox 360--none of the Halo games is available on Sony's PlayStation or Nintendo's Wii consoles.
But Halo: Reach didn't come out of nowhere. Bungie released the original Halo in 2001 for Microsoft's original Xbox, and the hits haven't stopped coming: first Halo 2, then Halo 3, then Halo Wars (developed not by Bungie, but by Ensemble Studios), Halo 3: ODST and now, finally, Halo: Reach.
To commemorate the game's release, CNET has put together this gallery of screenshots, artists' renderings, concept art, and magazine covers spanning the nine years and six games in the series.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Xbox magazine cover
More Halo manual
Halo concept art
More concept art
Halo 2 screenshot
Master Chief rendering
Halo 2 concept art
Halo 2 storyboard
Pulse pounding climax
"In Halo Wars fans will be able to control armies of units that are familiar to them from the [first person shooter] games, such as UNSC Marines, Scorpion Tanks, and the iconic Warthog."