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The Halo trilogy, original trilogy, or Bungie trilogy refers to the first three Halo games released by Bungie Studios. The series began with Halo: Combat Evolved, an original Xbox launch title in 2001. It was followed by the launch of Halo 2 in 2004 and then the release of Halo 3 in 2007 on the Xbox 360. This trilogy was followed by the next generation of Halo games: the Reclaimer Saga.
Halo: Combat Evolved
- Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved
UNSC Pillar of Autumn emerges from Slipspace to find a ring-shaped world. The main character, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, is aboard Pillar of Autumn when the ship comes under attack by the Covenant, an alliance of aliens and the arch-enemy of humanity. John-117 evacuates the doomed ship for the surface of Halo to protect the Autumn's artificial intelligence, Cortana. John and Cortana learn that Halo is a weapon designed to wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy and the Covenant want to activate it to fulfill a religious duty. To prevent its activation, John destroys Halo and is one of only a few humans to escape.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved developed for the Xbox 360 by 343 Industries and Saber Interactive. It was released on November 15, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the original title's launch. The game features 7 Halo: Reach multiplayer maps remade from previous Halo games, achievements, terminals, Kinect integration, other hidden easter egg goodies, and the ability to play cooperative Campaign over Xbox Live.
- Main article: Halo 2
The former Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, Commander Thel 'Vadamee, is judged guilty of failing to protect Halo from being destroyed during the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. 'Vadamee is stripped of his rank, but given the opportunity of redeeming himself by becoming an Arbiter. Meanwhile, the Master Chief returns to earth and soon battles a small Covenant fleet led by the Prophet of Regret. At some point he kills Regret on a second Halo (Installation 05) and soon is captured by a Gravemind. The assassination of Regret would soon lead the Covenant to civil war, forcing the Arbiter to side against the Prophets; specifically Truth whom ordered genocide on the Elites. The Flood escapes Halo and infects the Prophet's Holy City of High Charity that orbited the ring. John follows Truth on a Forerunner ship before the City is consumed and heads for Earth, and the Arbiter helps deactivate the Halo ring before it fired. All remaining Halos were then put into standby status after Installation 05's unexpected shut down.
Halo 2 Anniversary
- Main article: Halo 2: Anniversary
- Main article: Halo 3
On November 17th, 2552, two weeks after the events of Halo 2, John-117 is found in an east African jungle after crashing through Earth's atmosphere. After allying with the Arbiter, Master Chief proceeds through Africa into Voi. It is there that the Ark is uncovered and the Flood enter Earth's atmosphere.