The Art of Overwatch
Overwatch has taken the world by storm, boasting millions of players and gaining critical acclaim. Now, in this beautiful hardcover, Blizzard Entertainment reveals the creative process behind one of the most popular FPS games of all time! Filled with never-before-seen art as well as commentary provided by the game's development team, this book is sure to please any Overwatch fan.- Never-before-seen artwork!- Essential companion to the international best-selling game Overwatch!- Introduction and commentary provided by the game's development team!- Overwatch is a global phenomenon with 30 million players!- Produced in close partnership with Blizzard Entertainment!- Behind-the-scenes look at your favorite characters!- Overwatch creation revealed!

The Art of Overwatch Details

TitleThe Art of Overwatch
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ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781506703671
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GenreArt

The Art of Overwatch Review

  • Lysistrata
    January 1, 1970
    If you're into video games and haven't been living under a rock for the last two years, then you're probably aware of the cultural juggernaut which is OVERWATCH. As the latest major outing from Blizzard Entertainment, OVERWATCH holds its place among other their colossal titles such as WORLD OF WARCRAFT. However, the OVERWATCH we know and love today is a very different beast from wha was originally conceived. The recently released art book aims to bridge the gap between the two by showing off all If you're into video games and haven't been living under a rock for the last two years, then you're probably aware of the cultural juggernaut which is OVERWATCH. As the latest major outing from Blizzard Entertainment, OVERWATCH holds its place among other their colossal titles such as WORLD OF WARCRAFT. However, the OVERWATCH we know and love today is a very different beast from wha was originally conceived. The recently released art book aims to bridge the gap between the two by showing off all the original concept art with some commentary as to how and why changes were made.For the most part, the book does its job. Every character has at least a couple pages devoted to their designs, with a handful also dedicated to animated shorts and in-game locations, sprays, icons, and events. Because most of the character art can be found for free on OVERWATCH's official website, the book decides to focus on previously unreleased concept material and movement studies. Some characters have more attention than others, in proportion to how much they've changed over time. No attention is given to rejected/unreleased heroes, and it's missing content on the two latest additions to the game, Junkertown and Doomfist.A few casual observations of the concept art:* Props to whoever convinced the developers that multitudes of unrealistic vacuum-sealed boobs (including an apparent BDSM hero? seriously, wtf is going on with the glowing ball-gag hero in the original lineup?) were not a good look.* Similarly, props to whoever took the Confederate flag off of McCree's shoulder.* We have been robbed of prime Reaper Edgelord skins. ROBBED.* "We were going to give Mercy a practical medical design, but then we figured... nah."The blurbs included for every hero/location/etc. range from good to meh. While some fan speculations about a handful of heroes are finally confirmed here, it mostly describes the design process rather than the characters behind them. The book picks and chooses what it focuses on, sometimes assuming the reader knows about out-of-game developer information about OVERWATCH or its predecessor TITAN, other times over-explaining common knowledge game info. More often than not, the book hyperfocuses on a specific design variant, to the exclusion of several other unique ideas illustrated on the same page.If you're a fan of OVERWATCH, odds are you've seen various scans of the most interesting/controversial character concepts. If those highlights haven't convinced you to check out the art book, then there's other no reason to seek it out. On the other hand, the artwork itself is gorgeous, and worth having in high-quality if you have $50 in spare cash.
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  • D.
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book. Greetings from a Roadhog main.
  • Antoinette
    January 1, 1970
    Giving it 5 stars even though some of the pages were out of order. I know that is a manufacturing issue though.
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