We started seeing this buzzed about—a 64-page art book showing concept art and sketches, apparently printed to quite high standards, that will be included with pre-orders of the Game of Thrones RPG from Cyanide. Among those sellers is Amazon US, so mosey on there to pre-order the PS3 or XBox 360 editions (for some reason I can’t track down PC preorder links…) It’s unclear whether this initiative will also take place in Europe, as Atlus USA is the one putting out the press release… so, sorry folks, this may be North America-only.
Here’s the official press release from Atlus USA:
ATLUS, in collaboration with Cyanide Studios, today unveiled a limited pre-order bonus art book for “Game of Thrones™,” the upcoming RPG based on the internationally bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and the critically acclaimed HBO television series, Game of Thrones®.
“Game of Thrones” is currently scheduled to release on May 15 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. “Game of Thrones: Visuals from the RPG” will only be available in limited quantities from Amazon (US and Canada), GameStop, EB Games, and the HBO Shop. For more information, visit the official site. Expect frequent news updates, content additions, and more between now and the game’s release!
Only available from select retailers while limited supplies last, the “Game of Thrones: Visuals from the RPG” art book stands as one of ATLUS’ finest bonuses to date, offering sixty-four full color pages of sketches, renders, photos, and screenshots from the game accompanied by compelling text and commentary from the game’s developers. The book will also include rare behind the scenes materials, like a portrait of the development team signed with a special message from author George R. R. Martin himself. The art book-measuring 8.5” wide and 11” tall-is hardbound, meticulously composed, and printed on premium stock, a true labor of love worthy of the series and its fans.
“‘Game of Thrones: Visuals from the RPG’ represents one of the most elaborate, expensive bonuses we have ever offered,” commented Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ATLUS. “Everything about this premium art book is above and beyond the typical pre-order bonus, and all at no additional cost to the customer. Its larger dimensions, page count, hardcover binding, and exceptional print quality are more in line with what fans would expect from a Deluxe Edition extra or a separate purchase, which is why it will only be available at select retailers and quantities will be extremely limited. The A Song of Ice and Fire series of books and the Game of Thrones TV series are as special to us as they are to the millions of fans around the world; we are thrilled we can offer this unique bonus to complement the first major video game release based on the franchise.”