So you played Dark Souls to death(see what I did there) and you’re still thirsty for more? Or Bioshock blew your mind and you’d like to know more of its development and history? Well French publishing house, Third Editions, could be the solution you’re looking for. With a selection of video game books already available in print or ebook format, plus a second line on the way thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Let’s take a look at who these Frenchies are, and what exactly they are up to.
Some of the world’s most beloved franchises have been covered so far by Third Editions. To date their English translated books are broken into 3 categories. Video Game Saga Collections, RPG Collections, and First Print or Collectors Editions. Titles released include:
Video Game Sagas
- Metal Gear Solid: Hideo Kojima’s Magnum Opus
- Bioshock: From Rapture to Colombia
- Zelda: The History of a Legendary Saga – Volume 1
Collectors/First Print Editions are then available for all 5 titles. The difference being a limited edition cover, and the opportunity to own the most prestigious copy of the book in print. Standard editions of the books will cost you 24.90, or you can pay an additional fiver for the Collectors editions. Thanks to their successful Kickstarter the team are now hard at work on four new titles:
- Dark Souls: Beyond the Grave – Volume 2: Bloodborne and Dark Souls III
- The Legend of Final Fantasy VIII
- The Work of Taro Yoko: From Drakengard to NieR: Automata
- Zelda: The History of a Legendary Saga – Volume 2: Breath of the Wild
Third Editions was founded in 2015 by established authors Mehdi El Kanafi and Nicolas Courcier. Their goal was to analyze major video game sagas and publish large volumes containing as much lore and info as they could fit. To date, in English, they have printed five saga and RPG titles, plus an additional 5 collector’s editions. The team has grown to 25 staff writers, all working at their office in Toulouse.
Prior to Third Editions beginnings, Mehdi and Nicolas both founded publishing firm Console Syndrome. This business was subsequently bought over by a major publisher of video game books, and the pair edited and co-wrote 20 books between them. The teams passion is apparent from looking at their quality of work. the volumes are beautifully detailed, and made to a very high standard. Their analysis is exactly what you’d expect from a gaming expert, with their own flair and love of the titles clearly displayed. Their English translated titles are available on their official website, with the newer titles scheduled for release in October 2018.
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