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Exclusive Look at 'Awakening: The Art of Halo 4' [PICS]

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Awakening: The Art of Halo 4

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For all the fangirls and boys who have yet to snap up Halo 4 since its Tuesday launch, here's something to whet your gaming appetite: never-before seen concept art, sketches and character designs from the first-person shooter.

We have the world exclusive look at Awakening: The Art of Halo 4, which details the process behind creating the Halo universe -- everything from its characters to its locations.

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The book features concept art that guided Halo 4's design team, providing "the basis upon which the game itself is made," editor Paul Davies told Mashable in an email.

Created by artists at video-game developer 343 Industries, they include early ideas that didn't even make it into the latest Halo, Davies added.

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"The concept art is a crucial foundation. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the hundreds of large and small scale 'descriptions' of how Halo 4 should be ultimately received, played a major part in helping the 3D artists and level designers live and breathe the adventure before it took shape."

What do you think of the concept art? Are you planning to pick up Halo 4? Tell us in the comments below.

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