Blizzard will release an Overwatch art book and comic anthology, according to listings on Amazon.
As spotted by a NeoGAF user, the online retailer currently has The Art of Overwatch available to preorder and lists an October 24 release date. It is available in a $49.99 hardcover standard edition, but also limited edition variant for $100.
“In this beautiful hardcover, Blizzard Entertainment reveals the creative process behind one of the most popular FPS games of all time,” reads the product description for the standard edition. “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.”
The limited edition version, meanwhile, is “packaged in a beautiful clamshell box with magnetic closure and includes an acetate slipcover featuring the game’s most popular hero, Tracer, as well as two portfolios containing a total of three prints chosen by the Overwatch team.”
Furthermore, Amazon is also listing Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1, which collects all the comics depicting the backstory of the game’s various heroes. It is available to preorder for $19.99 and is set for launch on October 10.
“From Soldier: 76 to Ana, Tracer to Symmetra, discover the history behind Overwatch’s heroes. How did Bastion become part of the team? Why did Ana Amari disappear? Where did Tracer get her catchphrase? Learn all this and more in this hardcover anthology of the first twelve issues of Blizzard’s Overwatch comics, written and illustrated by an all-star creative team including Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you’re an Overwatch novice or a Grandmaster, this is an essential companion.”
Of course, all of these comics are available to read on the Overwatch website, but if you want a physical version, this is the way to get it. Blizzard has not yet officially announced the books, it could be that the reveal was intended to happen around the same time as the next event, which is believed to celebrate the game’s first anniversary.
Overwatch was released a year ago in May and now has 30 million registered players. An event celebrating its first anniversary looks be on the way, along with a Game of the Year edition.