When they’re not trying to brutally murder you in the most gruesome way imaginable, The Lands Between and its inhabitants exude a kind of beauty. The kind of nightmarish, tragic beauty that only the minds of FromSoftware could conjure up. You can see it in the surroundings and even on the enemies themselves – the detail that is put into every room, grafting lore and visuals to create art. And now it can be yours for just $62!
As has been the tradition since Dark Souls, the art of Elden Ring will be presented in the form of an artbook. Two artbooks, to be precise – each costing $31. As PC Gamer noted, Volume 1 of the A4-sized art book will cover concept art for locations, NPCs, and armor, while Volume 2 will contain that of enemies, weapons, and items. There’s also the Ultra Edition, which comes with a three-sided art box to hold both books and a framed piece of concept art for Godfrey. This edition will cost you $125.
It’s unclear if these art books will feature interviews with the FromSoftware team like the previous books – but hopefully they will. These interviews provide great insight into the creative process of the art team, as well as the direction given by Miyazaki himself. Sadly, we don’t yet know what the art book cover will look like, as there’s only a replacement cover for now, but a bunch of samples for concept art can be viewed if you can’t wait.
It’s been rumored for some time, and while it’s not a complete acquisition, Sony has finally bought a stake in FromSoftware – a big one too. Tencent and Sony Interactive Entertainment together bought 30% of the studio, with the former getting 16.25%, while the latter getting 14.69%. The Kadokawa group will however remain the majority shareholder, with 69.66% of the shares.
Kadokawa let Tencent and Sony participate as it “recognizes enhancement capabilities for the creation, development and deployment of gaming IP as one of the group’s top priorities”, and the two can certainly help FromSoftware to this regard.
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