Just recently, the publishing company Dark Horse announced plans to partner with Bethesda and MachineGames to produce an art book for the forthcoming first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. According to Dark Horse’s own description of the project, the art book for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is set to be a “comprehensive behind-the-scenes companion” to the game.

The Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus art book from Dark Horse will be sold as a hardcover edition with 184-pages, and it will contain concept art, production material, and commentary from the developers of the game. Those who want to reserve their copy of the book can do so through Amazon or even through their local comic book store, as it launches on November 7 and is priced at $40.

While the release of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus‘ art book will likely sate the wants and needs of most fans of the franchise, in terms of potential sales, it would likely have been more advantageous for Dark Horse, Bethesda, and MachineGames to have put it out either before or on the day that the first-person shooter is released. As confirmed by its reveal trailer at E3 2017, the game comes out on October 27, 2017, and a lot of hardcore fans would surely prefer to have such a compendium at the ready right when the title launches.

Nevertheless, the fact that Dark Horse is putting out an art book for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus not only benefits the forthcoming game itself, but also the medium at large, as it helps remind fans and non-gamers alike about the all of the talented designers and concept artists that are integral to the process of game creation. Ultimately, if more publishers and developers like Dark Horse, Bethesda, and MachineGames decide to release meaty art books for existing and forthcoming console and PC titles, it would help continue to exalt the notion of games being something more than a just an expensive hobby.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is set to release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Dark Horse