Cook&Becker has done it again, after all the great artworks for games such as the Last of Us, Killzone, Okami, Journey and Mass Effect they have now entered the world of art books!
Killzone Visual Design: Celebrating 15 Years of Killzone is the first comprehensive overview of the visual development of the million-selling Killzone video game series. With unlimited access to the image archives of game studio Guerrilla and the people involved in making Killzone, compilers Cook & Becker and Arjan Terpstra unearthed images and stories from fifteen years of unique visual design.
This 208 page art book gives a detailed, illustrated account of the idiosyncratic design philosophy behind the Killzone video game series, the beautiful concept art used to create the Killzone universe and the amazing attention to detail Guerrilla bestows on its games. From early hand-drawn concept art used for the first Killzone game to awe-inspiring in-game renders from Killzone Shadow Fall: this book truly celebrates the talent and skill of Killzone’s makers. This coffee table art book will inspire fans and anyone involved in visual design – be it video game design or any of the other design arts.
The book features an opening statement by Guerrilla studio director Hermen Hulst and President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida.
Killzone Visual Design: Celebrating 15 years of Killzone is available in a special Limited Edition and an open edition Standard Hardcover. The inside of both books is identical.
About the Collector’s Edition
Black-edged, soft-touch hardcover
Limited to a 1.000 hand-signed copies.
Includes hand-numbered Killzone concept art giclee print “Stahl Arms”(30 x 23 cm Certified Art Giclee™ printed on 270 gsm. Radiant White using archival inks).
Comes in a luxury box.
I’ve never played any of the Dead Space games, though I own all 3. Not that I don’t plan to play them (eventually) but one of the hazards of being a collector is that you buy far more games than you have time to play. What I do know about Dead Space is that the first game received what is perhaps the most iconic and and one of the most sought-after editions of this generation, the “Ultra Limited Edition“. Low production numbers tend to be the best trait any collector could ask for and with only 1000 made the Ultra Limited Edition could have been nothing more than a regular game case with alternative art and made collectors still crave it. Thankfully it was not only rare but a really well put-together package, not what I would consider to be the best edition, but it would still be one of the better editions even if it wasn’t so limited.
Due to the desirability of the Ultra Limited Edition the Collector’s Edition for Dead Space 2 was considered somewhat of a let-down. Over production make them not much more valuable than the standard edition and the included bonus item (a replica plasma cutter) was actually a scale model and not the full-sized replica people were hoping for. It seems for Dead Space 3 EA is hoping to rectify this with the Dev Team Edition, limited to 5000 units across all platforms and all bundled up in what is arguably one of the highest quality packages for an edition this generation, we’ll see if the Dev Team Edition can live up to the legacy that is the Ultra Limited Edition.
Deep Silver revealed the Collector’s Edition of Risen 2: Dark Waters.
The special package will come with the following items:
– Making of DVD
– Soundtrack CD
– Double-sided poster – the map of the game world on one side and an artwork on the other
– Pirate Flag
– The Art of Risen 2: Dark Waters – an exclusive collection of art cards
– Three Risen 2 stickers
Release Date: 27th April 2012
Platform: PC DVD only for now, PS3 and XBOX 360 only in retail version
Price: £ 69.99 / € 69.99
Here comes the strange one. It’s called Stahlbarts Schatz (Steelbeards Treasure) and shall contain a figure. No images or info yet, but it seems exclusive to amazon.de for the price of € 99.99. Please use the link above.
If you pay close attention to the news you’ve probably caught wind of the Limited Edition of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection that has been announced for the North American market. I’ve received dozens of emails on the subject so I figured I better post up the news.
Available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 the Limited Edition includes the standard edition of the release along with what looks like a fairly substantial hard-cover Art Book. This makes for a fairly simple LE release though the large box that will house the two items was designed by Yoji Shinkawa.
While this wont be nearly as sought after as the very quickly sold out Zavvi exclusive SteelBook variant of this release, it would make an excellent pickup for any fan of the series.
Slated for release on November 8th you can pre-order through Amazon.com [PS3] [Xbox 360] or pretty much any other game retailer for about $80.
Brenden sent in a tip this morning that EA had some now photos up showing what looks to be a more finalized version of the upcoming Nano Edition of Crysis 2.
The Crysis 2 Nano Edition is designed for the ultimate Crysis fan and will include the Limited Edition housed in a steel case plus an 11” / 28 cm statue of the game’s hero “Prophet” on top of a New York taxi cab, a high-quality art book, all packaged inside a backpack modeled after the Nanosuit itself.
While it looks quite a bit different this is shaping up to be quite a nice CE. I’m particularly happy to see that the NE contains the LE with the adding of a SteelBook as well.
The Capcom Blog recently unveiled details about the upcoming Zombrex Edition of Dead Rising 2 which will be exclusive to North America.
Available for both Xbox 360 and PS3, the Zombrex edition will come in a SteelBook case and includes a plethora of Zombrex branded goodies including a syringe pin, prescription pad and Zombie Outbreak Pamphlet among other things. It of course also includes more traditional CE bonuses such a hard cover Art Book and a movie disc with a full-length feature film as well as a making-of documentary.
Slated for release on September 28th, the Zombrex Edition will run you about $80.
Personally I think this is a much cooler CE than the Outbreak Pack recently announced for Europe, though I see it more as a mea culpa from Capcom to North America or not giving us a CE release for the first Dead Rising while Europe got the SteelBook.