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The Concept Art of Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by

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Like Assassin’s Creed III before it, the newest edition in the animus-hopping Assassin’s Creed series, Black Flag, is endowed with brilliant art, breathed life by the imaginations and talents of the artists who helped shape the very game itself. The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is an awesome hardbound gallery of the game’s concept imagery.

assassin's creed iv art edward kenway And it’s a large gallery – 192 pages worth, to be exact – wrought with full color illustrations detailing everything you might imagine in a pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed game: Locales, sea vessels, weaponry, friends and foes. Also included is a dedicated collection of Abstergo concepts, which further flesh out the futuristic era that serves as the series’ overarching backdrop.

You can feel the tremendous emphasis the artists put into creating scenarios and characters that feel true to the New World age, aesthetically and historically. The results are beautiful and, perhaps more importantly, completely believable.

“We are not doing the usual ‘family entertainment’ or a caricatured version of Piracy,” says brand art director Raphael Lacoste, “but a more grounded and realistic experience.”

For enthusiasts of the Assassin’s Creed series, or for anyone that appreciates an insider glimpse of what goes into creating the aesthetic trappings of a big budget game, The Art of Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a jewel just waiting to be unearthed.

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The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is published by Titan Books and features full color illustrations throughout 192 pages. It is bound in hardcover and retails for $34.95.

About the Author

Mark A. Brooks uses the A. initial in his name so as to seperate himself from the teeming legions of other Mark Brookses (there are at least 65,000 in the state of Michigan alone). Keep up with him on twitter, because why not. @unoriginalG

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  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Markham Asylum

    Hot damn.

    • http://deltaattack.com/ Mark A. Brooks

      And damn hot.

  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

    Wow. The picture of the pirate with the smoldering beard is enough to sell this book to me, and I don’t even play Assassin’s Creed games.

    The people over at Titan Books are making some gorgeous gaming swag there.

    • http://deltaattack.com/ Mark A. Brooks

      They really are pretty fine as far as game books go. The Dead Space collection is still my favorite, but this one is every bit as good as the AC3 art book was.