Nintendo will be cashing in on this year's Legend of Zelda craze by offering gamers an opportunity to go even further into the world of Hyrule with a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild artbook, which they revealed shortly after they unveiled some new info on the second DLC pack.
The news comes courtesy of a post from the Nintendo UK Twitter account, which announced that fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild who want to see more of the artifacts, characters, environments can do so with the third book series for the game featuring artwork from the most recent entry in the long running series.
The art book follows on the release of an Arts and Artifacts book that Nintendo put out, along with a Hyrule Encyclopedia. The new art book not only features characters and locations from Breath of the Wild, but it also breaks down the background on the design of the art, along with featuring designer notes about how they came up with the characters and what the inspiration was behind the designs.
Fans reacted with pure excitement over the news, asking Nintendo when they would be able to purchase a copy of the art book. Others have been begging Nintendo for an English version of the Hyrule Encyclopedia... and that brings us to an interesting point about this news: the art book so far only appears to be in Japanese.
This could likely pose a serious problem for people who really want to get their hands on the book and find out more behind the design and concepts of Breath of the Wild, but might be inhibited by the language barrier.
Of course, given how large Nintendo's fanbase is and how popular the company's games are with a global audience, I'm sure there will be various translations of the book made available.
The other books, such as Art & Artifacts and Hyrule Historia were released in English for Western fans, so it's not impossible to think that the newest book may also make its way to the West with an English translation... eventually.
The Nintendo account didn't post any details on the price or the release date or if or when pre-orders would be available.
The news about this new art book arrives shortly after Nintendo announced that the next DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch later this year during the holiday season for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch, and players will still don the role of Link. However, the DLC will focus its story elements more on Zelda's backstory, hopefully answering some of the questions that were left unanswered during the main game.
The first DLC pack released for Nintendo's consoles just recently, and offers a new difficulty setting and a few extra goodies for players to explore in the open-air game to help tide them over until the new content (and maybe the art book?) arrives this holiday season.