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The Art of Halo
Date Released
November 9, 2004
176 Pages
ISBN 0345475860
Product Dimensions
10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
27.4 x 21.4 x 1 cm
Shipping Weight
1.5 pounds
663 g
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The Art of Halo is a collection of concept art used for making the games, along with commentary by Eric S. Trautmann. The book includes a foreword by Jason Jones and a preface by Marcus R. Lehto.



The majority of the book focuses on the development of the major aspects of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, from the Weapons, the games environments and the Character designs. There are many early sketches and concept art for these things, much of it by Shi Kai Wang and the Bungie art team. Certain sections show the influence of earlier Bungie games on Halo's design. One section shows a timeline of Bungie's history. The ideas are shown as they evolved, from a series of sketches to storyboards and their amazing animation. Finally, some screen shots are included to show how the ideas were eventually incorporated into the Halo games.

There are also many explanations for the processes and the development. Some of these explain things to Halo fans that we haven't been aware the role of Grunt Ultras. They also explain what the intentions were for many of the ideas and how they changed over time.

The final section of the book contains a few full-page pinups of various concept art. Including some scenes in the levels of Halo and ideas of new characters.


  • While the book shows ranks of certain species within the Covenant the Elites' section is missing the ranks of Ultra and Councilor, probably because these rank models did not appear until Halo 2.
  • There are several images of character design from when Halo was going to be an RTS game.
  • There are many errors in this book, such as a caption pointing at a Plasma Grenade, but pointing it out as an Assault Bomb. However, the Assault Bomb was on this page. Another mistake consisted of calling the Prophet of Mercy the Prophet of Truth.
  • This book shows the Easter egg on the Assault Bomb, where it has writing on it.

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External Links

  • See the first few pages of the book
Books of Halo
Novels The Fall of ReachThe FloodFirst Strike
Ghosts of OnyxContact HarvestThe Cole Protocol
Collections Halo: EvolutionsForerunner Trilogy
Reference The Art of HaloThe Art of Halo 3Halo Encyclopedia
Official Guides Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2Halo 3Halo WarsHalo 3: ODST

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