The tenth anniversary of Halo is upon us. As part of the celebrations, we're getting a better look inside the evolution of the Master Chief's world. And it's totally breath-taking.

A new book featuring 400 pieces of Halo art, including early sketches, commentary and concept art, is coming out from Titan Books. It's called The Art of Building Worlds, and we're lucky enough to share some images with you exclusively. Check out an inside look at the worlds of Halo!


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More about the book:

Charting the glorious decade that spans Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo: Reach, Halo: The Great Journey is a lavish and spectacular review of ten years of groundbreaking game art brought together in one place as never before.

Halo: The Great Journey is the ultimate gallery of the Halo universe - from characters to weapons and much more; with sketches and concept art by acclaimed artists such as Ashley Wood, the detailed interiors and sweeping landscapes of Alex Chu, and Frank Capezzuto's breathtaking spacescapes.

In addition there is art from Halo: Legends - the anime DVD - book covers, comic pages, marketing images and more; plus an introduction from "the face of Halo," Frank O'Connor.

A celebration of visual splendor - from the Spartans themselves to the breathtaking vistas of dawn breaking on an alien world - Halo: The Great Journey is dramatic, grandiose and utterly awesome.

Halo: The Art of Building Worlds is available now at Amazon.