The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been one of the most beloved franchises in gaming. Ever since Assassin’s Creed 2, the series found a stride that resonated with fans and ever since Ubisoft has been hard at work trying to improve on the formula. Recently, Assassin’s Creed Unity took the leap to the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One and with it came a new level of graphic design. The world was sharper, the horizons pushed out several miles and more characters are on-screen than ever before. To celebrate this technical achievement, Titan books released The Art of Assassin’s Creed Unity. Now, fans have a definitive source of information concerning the art from the game; and it’s great.
To start, as is the case with all Titan Books publications, the quality of this collection is impeccable. The book is nearly 200 pages in length and contains hundreds of high-quality photos which include concept art, final pieces that made it into the game and expanded views of several characters and settings. It really is a great collection of work from the game and will serve any fan of the art style, well. The construction of the book is also impressive with a page size close to 9″ x 12″ which feels like a great size to work with. It is small enough to fit on a shelf or a coffee table and it doesn’t take up too much space which is always the problem with art books. Overall, this book is a wonderfully made book and worthy of any fans collection.
As for the content, the collection features everything you hope it would. Whether you loved the design of Arno or Elyse, whether you wanted to see more of Notre’ Dame or any other famous site from Paris in the game, this collection shows it all. While we’d recommend you don’t skip too far ahead in the book if you are planning on playing the game all the way through since there are some spoilers present, if you play the game and read the book at the same pace you’ll gain a new appreciation for the work and dedication that went into the game. From the pain staking research into the city of Paris and its history, to the extremely detailed character models and settings, this book is a testament to Ubisoft’s work in this game and if you had any interest in the game, this book will only enhance that appreciation with its insight to Ubisoft’s creative process.
Speaking of which, this art book isn’t just a collection of art from the game. As is the case with most of Titan Books publications, this book contains insight from the games designers and gives you a glimpse of what they were thinking when they were creating the characters in the game. It is always great to get a closer look at the other side of the game and put yourself in their shoes as they tell you why they made the decisions they made. Each story adds a little extra to each spread and makes this more than just a collection of pictures, it is an overview of the soul of the game.
Overall, if you love the Assassin’s Creed franchise, or especially if you loved Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Art of Assassin’s Creed Unity is a must own item for your collection. Titan Books does a very skilful job of creating a book that is worthy of even the most discerning collector. Its fine construction sets the tone for a collection that displays the beautiful worth that Assassin’s Creed Unity is set in and gives you a behind the scenes look at the design process at the same time. While this book really only caters to the game, if the game or the franchise is something you are interested in, it is most certainly worth the investment