Review: The Cinematic Art of Overwatch Vol 1

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This is the second artbook for Overwatch which was released in 2016. The first artbook The Art of Overwatch was released a year after the game release.

The first artbook covers the concept art for the game.

This second artbook, The Cinematic Art of Overwatch Vol 1, covers the concept art and illustrations for the announcement trailer, animated shorts and origin stories released between 2014 and 2016. The animated shorts included are Recall, Alive, Dragons, Hero, The Last Bastion and Infiltration.

The animated shorts not included are Rise and Shine, Honor and Glory, Shooting Star and Reunion. It's very likely there's going to be a second volume to compile the art for these animated shorts that were not included in this book.

A few artworks from the first artbook are duplicated here. Most of the art in this book are new so you can consider these additional art.

I'm a fan of Overwatch art mostly because of the anime style art which you will see a lot. As the title of the book suggests, there is a lot of cinematic art (story scenes and environment), as well as development art such as storyboard and sketches.

The text included talks about the making of these animated shorts, insights into the characters and why the company chose to create these animated shorts to market the game. There's more text included than I expected and that's a good thing.

This is a fantastic artbook that I can easily recommend for fans of the game or those who like a book packed with good art.

Blizzard Entertainment has released two Cinematic Art artbooks earlier for Starcraft and Warcraft (Lich King).

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