Killzone's New Art Book Is A Real Treat

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Regardless of its reputation as an OK shooter (though I quite liked KZ3), the Killzone series has always looked fantastic, and a new artbook out that celebrates this is a very good read.

I got a copy of Killzone Visual Design yesterday, and while it ticks all the boxes of what makes a good video game art book—artist commentary, nice big images, clean design—one thing I particularly like about it is that it features quite a few examples of prelimiary linework, which is one of my real game art fetishes.

Most art books tend to focus on final, polished and approved art, the kind of thing a publisher will use in a wallpaper dump, or tweet in promotion. Which is fine, that’s often lovely, but Killzone Visual Design includes loads of very early vehicle and weapon sketches.

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What’s more, in keeping with the rough and early state of the sketches, they’re printed like this:

So good.

After a short delay the book should be shipping out pretty soon. You can get it here and here. Below are some images (and even some video!) from the book.

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To see the larger pics in all their glory (or, if they’re big enough, so you can save them as wallpaper), click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner.

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TheSadClown
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Killzone was great for it’s time, though - as Killzone HD proved - it mostly hasn’t held up. A solid foundation, but grossly in need of a proper remake. Killzone 2 was damn well near perfect. Killzone 3 was - at points - excellent, but kinda fell apart towards the end.

All in all, I’d love it if Guerrilla would devote themselves to a more involved remastering/tweaking/remaking of the original trilogy once they’re done with Horizon: Zero Dawn. And then, you know, leave it for a good long while and work on some non-shootery projects.

But, yeah, Killzone is a franchise which has never wanted for amazing art direction.