“We do have some context and perspective that is different from some of those stories that we’ve experienced or read about in the games. We’re referring to this as the Halo Silver timeline as a way of differentiating it from core canon, in both protecting core canon, and protecting the television story. And by that I mean being able to give ourselves the chance to evolve both, and for both to be what they need to be for their mediums without colliding with each other,” said Wolfkill.
When the Halo TV series comes on Paramount+ next year, fans won’t need to be familiar with much of the lore to appreciate the show. Despite early reports that the series will be set in the same world as the Xbox games, developer 343 Industries has announced that it would be set in its own continuity. That revelation was confirmed by Kiki Wolfkill of 343 Industries, who is also one of the show’s executive producers, in a video uploaded by the Halopedia Twitter account. The new timeline, has its own name: the Halo Silver timeline.
That isn’t to say that current fans won’t still be getting an experience that’s faithful to the Halo franchise! With 343 Industries working closely with Showtime and Amblin Televsion on the series, it’s possible fans could see a finished product that is authentic to the games that inspired it. Of course, faithfulness to the source material does not always equal quality, but Halo is looking pretty promising, thus far!
It’s hard to argue with Wolfkill’s logic! Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world, but the new TV series presents Xbox with an opportunity to reach a new audience. Chaining the show to the canon of the video games would make it difficult for newcomers to fully appreciate the streaming series without spending hours playing all the games or reading up on them.