It's really hard to not get behind a good cause. It's even harder to not get behind a bunch of top-notch, talented artists putting together a project for a good cause. Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy is just that and now the epic collection is available at comic book stores in North America and internationally and will begin shipping from online sellers and be available from bookstores later this week. It will also be available at the UDON Boother #4529 at San Diego Comic-Con International next week. And proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Gamers for Good.
The book is the culmination of over 80 creators from the world’s top video game studios who joined forces to create the ultimate dark fantasy game. The brilliant new art book collecting designs for the heroes, enemies, and landscapes of this hypothetical new game world. It's the brainchild of illustrator Paul 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.
“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.”
The artists who have lent their passion to the project have worked on some of the industry's top-rated AAA games. Check out this amazing list of games that have featured artwork by Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy contributors:
Allods Online - Assassin's Creed IV - Darksiders I & II - DayZ - Destiny - Diablo 3 - 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 - 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.”
Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy clocks in at 240 color pages and is priced at $44.99 (ISBN-10: 1927925134/ISBN-13: 978-1927925133/Diamond Code: DEC138127). Full press release and preview images below.