All work and no play make artists dull people. For as much work as they put into honing their craft and taking the jobs they have to in order to get by, sometimes their passion projects fall by the wayside. For a group of some of the top video game artists in the world, the opportunity to come together on something that's long been a desire of theirs. Substrata is the culmination of that passion, a book that shows what happens when over 80 creators from the world’s top video game studios join forces to create the ultimate dark fantasy game. The answer is Substrata, a brilliant new art book collecting designs for the heroes, enemies and landscapes of this hypothetical new game world…
“SUBSTRATA gave us all a chance to conceive and execute our own ideas in our own voices,” said Paul Richards, Project Curator. “This is a mighty win for artists devoted to making exciting, original game content for its own sake. In that spirit, we’re proud to say all proceeds from the book will go to the charity organization Gamers for Good. Please visit them at www.gamersforgood.com.”
Substrata is the brainchild of Richards, who conceived of the project as a way to reunite his fellow artists from Vigil Games, makers of the Darksiders franchise. Together, they rallied a global community of artists and the result is a breathtaking tome, featuring a who’s-who of top-tier talent from across the gaming industry. Substrata is a true passion project, where artists were encouraged to forsake conventions, inhibitions and technological limitations to create something never seen before. The artists who have lent their passion to Substrata have worked on some of the industry's top-rated AAA games.
The contributors include Allods Online, Assassin's Creed IV, Darksiders I & II, DayZ, Destiny, Diablo 3, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Doom 4, DotA 2, EVE Online, Evolve, Firefall, Gears of War, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4, Hearthstone, Hunted, League of Legends, Left 4 Dead 2, Overlord, Overlord 2, Portal 2, Rift, Runescape, Saints Row, SMITE, Star Citizen, StarCraft 2, Uncharted 3, Wildstar and World of Warcraft.
“UDON is honored to be involved with the Substrata project,” said UDON’s Managing Editor Matt Moylan. “We get to publish a book with some of the greatest game artists from around the world, and the book itself is gorgeous, really, that’s its own reward. But it was UDON’s publication of The Art of Darksiders II that spurred Paul to want to work with his studiomates again, and all of us at UDON take pride in knowing that we contributed to the inception of SUBSTRATA, and now, we’re helping to bring it to gamers and makers everywhere.”
Gamers, artists, and up-and-coming developers alike, this is your chance to see a world created from the ground up, and no fan of video game artwork should miss this unique, uncensored peek at a game project from the moment of its conception. Substrata is now available for pre-order through comic book stores, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and wherever great books are sold. It'll set you back $44.99 for 240 color pages and proceeds from the sale of Substrata will be donated to Gamers for Good.
Full press release below.