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Halo (video game series)
The Halo series is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by Bungie Studios and published by Microsoft. So far, two games have been released, and while it has not been announced a third game seems likely. The games' setting is very similar to the earlier Marathon games by Bungie. They are renowned for their relatively deep storylines, use of vehicles in gameplay and their multiplayer mode. Supporting the storyline is a series of novels, which provide background information and flesh out the proceedings between the games.
Halo: Combat Evolved
The story deals with the adventures of the protagonist Master Chief on a ring-shaped space station, the titular Halo. He must keep the station out of the hands of the two enemy races in the game: the Covenant and, later on, the Flood.
For more information, please see the main article about Halo: Combat Evolved.
In Halo 2, Master Chief battles the Covenant on Earth and later continues the fight on a second Halo, called Delta Halo. Meanwhile, the Covenant slides into Civil War and an Elite warrior called the Arbiter is introduced to the series as a second playable character.
Halo 3 is not currently in development; Bungie, Halo's parent company, has said that they have made no plans concerning the game. Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, was quoted saying that Halo 3 was in development alongside Halo 2; however, this quote was recognized as a slip of the tongue and was debunked months before Halo 2 was released.
The cliffhanger ending of Halo 2, in addition to the success of the Halo franchise, makes a sequel likely.
For more information about Halo 3, please see the main article Halo 2.
The Fall of Reach
Halo: The Flood is an adaptation of the Halo: Combat Evolved's story by William C. Dietz .
It shows the UNSC's battles not only against the Covenant, but against Alpha Halo Installation 04's secret, the Flood.
Halo: First Strike is the story between the first game and its sequel by Eric Nylund . It shows the UNSC's attempt at temporarily disrupting Covenant plans for invading Earth.
According to an early February 2005 report by the Seattle Times, Microsoft has sent Alex Garland, author of The Beach and the screenplay for horror movie 28 Days Later to Hollywood and tasked him with bringing the Halo story to the silver screen.  Movies.com Article-->
Bungie's official response has been, roughly, "we haven't announced a movie." In the past Bungie has been against a movie and has the final say in such matters. Whether this is a hoax or not remains to be seen, as the only evidence thus far are newspaper articles.
The Haunted Apiary
The Haunted Apiary (aka "I Love Bees") is an alternate reality game which acted as a teaser to the release of Halo 2, and supposedly unraveled the entire story of the time between when Halo ends and Halo 2 begins. The site where the game is located is ilovebees.com, which is still explorable, but a timer has been placed on the front of the page which counts down to a time more than 500 years in the future. The date is during the year 2552, the year in which the humans first found Halo. Both Bungie and Microsoft disacknowledge that the site is their creation, although the developers insist that the companies helped advertise the site. The URL was discovered when it was briefly flashed on an official Halo 2 trailer.
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