Halowaypoint Blog recently made a post detailing an upcoming book release named “Halo: Shadows of Reach”. These events will lead into Halo Infinite‘s story in some way. Halo: Shadows of Reach will release on the 22nd of September, just in time for Halo Infinite. The book takes place after the events of Halo 5 (1 year after Halo 5 ends).
Pre-Halo Infinite Story – Halo 5
Ok, so where exactly did we leave off? Halo Infinite takes place after the events of Halo 5. The story-line of Halo 5 largely revolves around Cortana (an artfiicial intelligence), Cortana plans on using the Guardians to achieve peace through forcible disarmament. Many AI’s across the galaxy join Cortana, while Master Chief attempts to convince her to stand down.
Eventually Cortana begins shutting down everything with the help of the other AI’s. The USNC Infinity (the USNC flagship created using advanced technologies from the Forerunners and and Covenant) narrowly escapes Cortana and begins jumping through slipspace 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 versus Cortana.
Halo Infinite Story – Shadows of Reach
The recently announced book penned 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 her Forerunner weapons. Outside her view, the members of Blue Team—John-117, the Master Chief; Fred-104; Kelly-087; and Linda-058—are assigned from the UNSC Infinity to make a covert insertion onto the ravaged planet Reach.
Their former home and training ground—and the site of humanity’s most cataclysmic military defeat near the end of the Covenant War—Reach still hides myriad secrets after all these years. Blue Team’s mission is to penetrate the rubble-filled depths of CASTLE Base and recover top-secret assets locked away in Dr. Catherine Halsey’s abandoned laboratory—assets which may prove to be humanity’s last hope against Cortana.
But Reach has been invaded by a powerful and ruthless alien faction, who have their own reasons for being there. Establishing themselves as a vicious occupying force on the devastated planet, this enemy will soon transform Blue Team’s simple retrieval operation into a full-blown crisis. And with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, mission failure is not an option….
To summarize: USNC Infinity orders Blue Team to the planet of Reach. On Reach they’re looking for clues among the rubble to find a way to defeat Cortana.
What we don’t know is if the events of Shadows of Reach take place before Halo Infinite or if it’s part of Halo Infinite’s story as well. We’ve seen cut-scenes from Halo Infinite which appear as though they could be from Reach. Certainly part of Halo Infinite will still take place on Reach so perhaps Blue Team never discovered what they were looking for in “Shadows of Reach”. The book is slated for release on the 22nd of September.
HaloFollower on Shadows of Reach
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