UDON Winter/Spring 2014: Game Art Books

We’ve been previewing all of our Winter/Spring 2014 books! All books can be found (or pre-ordered) at Comic Book StoresBarnes and NobleAmazon.comBook Depository, and pretty much wherever awesome books are sold! Today, it’s the final part: Video Game Art Books!

The Eyes of Bayonetta Art Book & DVD
A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, all-out action. The Eyes of Bayonetta collects the stylish artwork behind this cinematic action game, featuring character sketches, CG models, monster, weapon, and location designs, and creator commentary. Also included is an exclusive DVD documentary taking you behind the scenes of Bayonetta’s creation!
Release date: Available Now
Price US: $49.99
ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
DVD: Region Free, 78 Minutes
Dark Souls Design Works

One of the most critically acclaimed (not to mention difficult!) games of the last several years, Namco Bandai’s DARK SOULS challenged players to survive in a relentless, hostile, and eerily beautiful world…! Now, fans old and new can discover the mystic land of Lordran and all of the monsters, weapons, environments, and undead hordes that lie within in Dark Souls: Design Works, from UDON Entertainment.

Dark Souls: Design Works showcases the grim and haunting artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous full-color hardcover collection, matching the Japanese edition. Featuring key visuals, concept art, character, weapon, and monster designs, and rough sketches, this is a complete picture of the brutal world of Dark Souls. Design Works also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and many of the game’s artists, making it a real treat for fans of the game!

In addition to fully and faithfully translating all of the content from the Japanese edition into English, the UDON edition of Dark Souls: Design Works features one of our most deluxe project treatments of all time. Released in a sturdy hardcover, UDON’s edition features a pearlized silver dust jacket, with ultra high-gloss black and silver treatments, making it practically shimmer (with evil) on your bookshelf!

Dark Souls: Design Works is the perfect tribute to the beloved (or at least grudgingly respected) game, and arrives just in time for the impending release of Dark Souls II this spring to boot! It is a book that UDON has put a phenomenal amount of care and effort into for the legions of this game’s hardcore fans, and the day of its arrival is almost here!

Release Date: January, 2014
Price U.S.: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-926778-89-1
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 128, Color
Size: 8.25” wide x 11.75” long

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The History of Sonic The Hedgehog – Soft cover edition
Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA’s official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA’s spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page volume covers in detail every 2D and 3D Sonic game, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You’ll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the “Blue Blur”. A must-have for any true Sonic fan!
Release date: Available Now
Price: $34.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-56-3
Format: Softcover

Page Count: 300, Color
Size: 9.25″ wide X 8.5″ long

The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations and The Legend of Heroes: The Characters  each weigh in at 272 pages, and are comprised of gorgeous, fully-rendered artwork and information! Featuring character designs and info, pin-ups, story artwork, advertising art, and much more. Covering the games Trails of Blue, Trails of Zero, and the Trails in the Sky trilogy, as well as the “Trails” artworks from the spin-off game “Ys vs. Trails in the Sky: Alternative Saga.”

The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations: Available Now! Price US: $44.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-91-4, Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long, Format: Softcover, Page Count: 272, Color, Buy at Amazon.com

The Legend of Heroes: The Characters: Available Now! Price US: $44.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-90-7, Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long, Format : Softcover, Page Count: 272, Color, Buy at Amazon.com

Ys The Art Book

Celebrating over 25 years of Ys, the flagship series of Japanese RPG publisher Nihon Falcom! Ys: The Art Book collects the fantastic artwork of more than a dozen titles in the Ys franchise, from the original game all the way up to the brand new Ys: Memories of Celceta. Includes pinups, character designs, rare concept art, and more!

The Ys RPG series has been released on various gaming platforms including PC, Super Nintendo, Playstations 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Steam, and more. The newest game in the series, Ys: Memories of Celceta, will be released in North America November 2013 for the Playstation Vita.

Release date: March 2014
Price (U.S.): $44.99
ISBN: 1-927925-01-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-01-0
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 280, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Phantom Breaker: Official Visual Works

Phantom Breaker: Official Visual Works collects the artwork behind this unique, female-centered fighting game. Included are character profiles, pinup artwork, rough sketches, unused concepts, designer commentary, and an interview with the game’s creators.

Release date: March/April 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-00-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-00-3
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 112, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul

Transcending history and the world, a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul collects the artwork of the ultimate weapons-based fighting game – SoulCalibur V. Included are character designs, rough concepts, storyboards, creator commentary, character relationship charts, exclusive interviews, and more!

Release date: May/June 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-95-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-95-2
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy
What happens when over 80 creators from the world’s top video game studios join forces without the constraint of committee design? You get Substrata, a hypothetical Triple-A title driven by artists, for artists. Herein lies their widely varied, unbridled visions! Inside you’ll find character designs, locations, monsters, items, interface designs, and more, all exploring the spectacular dark fantasy world of Substrata.

Please click here to preview artwork from this collection!

Release date: June 2014
Price (U.S.): $44.99
ISBN: 1-927925-13-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-13-3
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 240, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Fate/complete material Volume 1: Art Material

Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material is the first in a series of art books collecting all of the illustrations, character designs, and concept material from “Fate/stay night.” It includes a wealth of cutscene illustrations, pin-ups, and rare promotional and advertising artwork. Future volumes will follow the publication of volume 1 at intervals of approximately every 3-4 months. UDON strongly urges fans to pre-order Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material, as sales of this volume will help determine availability of future volumes!

Key Features:

– Original “Fate/stay night” visual novel is one of the best-selling visual novels of all time
– “Fate/stay night” anime and film available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sentai Filmworks
– Features hundreds of illustrations by fan-favorite studio Type-Moon!
– The “Fate” series will get a new anime release in 2014 from Sentai Filmworks, featuring the spin-off storyline “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya”
– A brand-new anime adaptation of the original “Fate/stay night” story has just been announced!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-12-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-12-6
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 240, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Darkstalkers Official Complete Works

It’s the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of every Darkstalkers game, including key visuals, character illustrations, promotional artwork, rough concepts, and creator commentary. Also featured are multiple new interviews with the creators behind the series, plus all-new tribute pinups from your favorite Capcom artists!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-04-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-04-1
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works

Featuring unmatched artwork of heroes, heroines, demons, and gods, Rage of Bahamut has taken the mobile world by storm to become the world’s most popular mobile card battle game! Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works includes some of the best artwork from the epic card game, plus exclusive interviews with the game’s artists.

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-06-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-06-5
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Hyperdimension Neptunia +mk2 Artworks

Welcome to Gameindustri, a parallel world of goddesses, humans, and monsters, all engaged in an epic battle known as the Console War! Collected in this volume is the illustration work behind both the original Hyperdimension Neptunia and the sequel game, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. Inside you’ll find character designs, profiles, rough sketches, rare promotional art, creator interviews, and more!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-09-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-09-6
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 152, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Alright! That’s it for our Winter/Spring 2014 preview! Thanks for reading and we hope you’re as excited about our new titles as we are. Keep reading our blog, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter! We’ll be announcing some of our Summer titles soon!
– The UDON Crew