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Art of Octopath Traveler

The Art of Octopath Traveler previously released in Japan, but it’s now receiving an official English release. Dark Horse has teamed up with Square Enix on the localization.

The Art of Octopath Traveler contains concept art and developer commentary not only from the Switch RPG, but also the mobile title Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent. It includes over 200 pages.

Fans of Netflix’s Castlevania series will be happy to hear that a new art book is on the way. Dark Horse’s 200-page hardcover book promises “concept art and commentary from all four seasons of the hit animated series.”

Here’s the official product description:

Update (5/30): The Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia is up on Amazon Canada and Amazon UK now. We’ve also added in a product description below.

Original (5/19): Several months ago, the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia from Dark Horse and SEGA was revealed. The book will be celebrating Sonic’s 30th anniversary by highlighting “nearly every one of the blue speedster’s video game appearances”. It’s a treat for fans with “in-depth looks at the characters, settings, and stories from each exciting installment”.

There’s now some additional news about the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Over on Amazon, the retailer has listed a special Deluxe Edition. The page unfortunately lacks a proper product description, though based on the image above, it will at least include a different cover, art prints, and a slipcase.

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia is currently planned for November 23.

The Art of Overwatch Volume 2

Retailer listings have revealed that Dark Horse is planning a new Overwatch book for later in 2021. It contains “new content from summer 2017 onward, including the development process around fan-favorite heroes, environments, and cinematics.” Additionally, it covers “the construction of unique, event-driven game modes, NPC design, and more.”

Here’s the full synopsis:

Dark Horse announced a partnership with Nintendo a few years ago to produce a graphic novel series for ARMS. An introductory version was then released as part of Free Comic Book Day 2018. Dark Horse said last year that the series was still happening, but there hasn’t been any news since. 

As many fans have speculated, it does indeed appear that the ARMS graphic novel series has been cancelled. The news comes from writer Ian Flynn, who was responsible for the preview that was made available for Free Comic Book Day. Flynn’s website specifically states that the original plans were scrapped.

Dark Horse hasn’t shared an official statement, but we have no reason to think that the ARMS graphic novel series is moving forward at this time. You can at least check out the introductory version from Free Comic Book Day, which is located here.

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The Art of Trover Saves the Universe

Dark Horse has put out a number of gaming-related art books over the years, and the tradition now continues with The Art of Trover Saves the Universe. Coming in at nearly 200 pages, the book offers a closer look at the Switch title.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Art of Immortals Fenyx Rising

Fans of Immortals Fenyx Rising will be able to get more insight into the game with a new art book coming soon. Ubisoft, in partnership with Dark Horse, will be releasing The Art of Immortals Fenyx Rising.

The Art of Immortals Fenyx Rising is hardcover and features over 200 pages. Those that pick up the book can have a closer look at Fenyx, the game’s various environments and creatures, the gods themselves, and more.

Here’s the full product description, along with a few preview pages:

Samurai Shodown

SNK and Dark Horse are teaming up on a massive book to celebrate Samurai Shodown. Spanning nearly 300 pages with almost 700 documents and illustrations, The Art of Samurai Shodown offers a look into the making of the Switch fighter.

It appears that Dark Horse’s book is based on what was originally created by Pix’n Love Publishing. However, this will now have a worldwide release.

Here’s the full product description:

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia

An Amazon listing has revealed Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia, an upcoming book coming from Dark Horse Books. Ian Flynn, the head writer for the IDW Publishing Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, is the author.

Those that pick up the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia can expect “a full-color hardcover historical retrospective that explores nearly every one of the blue speedster’s video game appearances”. Amazon’s listing provides the following overview:

A brand new art book is on the way based on Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Bethesda, in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics, are planning a release for 2020.

Amazon offers up the following description of the full-color oversized hardcover book:

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