Game Art Books


The holiday season almost upon us, video game publishers are about to deluge the market with AAA offerings throughout November. Several highly anticipated titles will be released with accompanying artbooks, highlighting the concept design and visual development that went into realizing these virtual worlds.

The concept art and 3D execution for Assassin’s Creed stands out. Considering its lofty goals and originality, backed by an experienced UBISoft Montreal Team (Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones), Assasin’s Creed is also the most likely title to vie for Game of the Year awards against BioShock. Set during the Crusades, the game’s protagonist is a member of a historically based sect famed for their assassination skills. While the sect resides in Alamut, a fortress in the Elburz mountains of Persia, the game primarily takes place in Jerusalem, Acre and Damascus circa 1191.

CG Society recently published a feature on the Art Direction in Assassin’s Creed. If this whet’s your appetite, Gamestop/EBGames are giving away free copies of the Assassin’s Creed Artbook with pre-orders of the game for the XBox 360 & Playstation 3. Unfortunately the PC version has been delayed till early next year and is currently unavailable for pre-order. If you’re relegated to the PC platform like myself or you’re unable to acquire a free copy, this art book from Prima Publishing is also available for pre-order at

Mass Effect, the most anticipated XBOX 360 exclusive remaining this year, heralds Bioware’s (Baldur’s Gate) return to grandiose science fiction RPG’s following their success with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Mass Effect has received attention for its “revolutionary advanced dialogue and AI system [that] gives characters engaging personalities, creating individuals so realistic they will seem like the first true ‘digital actors’ ever seen in a video game.”

Also published by Prima, the Art of Mass Effect is available for pre-order at If you plan on purchasing the game, the limited edition version of Mass Effect includes the book and retails for an additional ten dollars.

Rounding out this trifecta of Video Game Art Books is Epic’s Unreal Tournament III. Unlike Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect, this hardcover book is only available in the limited edition compilation.

If you’re interested in more Video Game Concept Art and Art Books, check out these other posts on Crysis Concept Art, Free BioShock Artbook, The Art of Midway, Fallout 3 Concept Art, BioShock Art Progressions.

assassinscreed05.jpg Assassin’s Creed. Images Courtesy UbiSoft and Gamersyde. More Concept Art & Higher Resolution Imagery at


masseffect03.jpg Mass Effect. Images Courtesy Bioware and Gamersyde. More Concept Art & Higher Resolution Imagery at


ut302.jpg Unreal Tournament III. Images Courtesy Epic Games and Gamersyde. More Concept Art & Higher Resolution Imagery at

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