Book Review: Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book is a making-of art book, the not-too-technical kind.

There are over hundreds over beautiful pieces of art included, complete with great insights on how the game was designed artistically. We have the producer, art directors and artists, AI programmers describing how the game was made. They talk about game rules, for example the real world climbing, design concepts for characters and environment, their research process, and other stuff. There's a bit of everything but none too technical.

There are plenty of character design in the book. For Altair, many iterations of costumes are included, with the different belts, embroidery. This also means you get to see a lot of discarded ideas. Other characters include the assassins, citizens, military, Saracens, scientists and of course the different assassination targets. They actually had to put in more colours and accessories because 100% historical accuracy would mean citizens wearing rather similar (boring) clothes.

Concept paintings for the cities, towns and sets are included. These are really gorgeously painted with lots of details. The different sets include Masyaf, Arsuf, the lab, Damascus, Assassin's Bureau, Acre, Jerusalem and a few discarded concepts. The middle eastern mood is so perfectly created that a professor at Oxford couldn't tell that the development team didn't travel for their research. They hired a historian to help with research. Research images provided (not in this book) are not even available on the Internet.

Unfortunately individual paintings are not credited although there's a list of artist included at the back.

For a supposedly limited edition art book that's this good, I'm surprised it's not in limited availability yet. So grab yours while it's still in stock.

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Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book

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3 Comments

Thanks for this

Thanks for this review...
I've been meaning to purchase this book and when saw your post I just thought I ordered it through your link so you could get a small commission!!

Keep it up :)

Loris_

Cheers for this fantastic

Cheers for this fantastic list of art books - I am a leather worker and am constantly looking for books as these to help with armour projects.
I am buying from the UK site so don't know if your get any commission on my buy, but will definetly tag your blog for newer reviews, especially of A C 2.

Paul

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