These Ghost of Tsushima art prints let you get lost in the game’s stunning landscapes

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These Ghost of Tsushima art prints let you get lost in the game’s stunning landscapes

Sucker Punch Productions’ Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most visually breathtaking games of the last generation, making it a fitting swan song for the PlayStation 4 in the lead-up to next week’s launch of the PlayStation 5. Now, you can take some of the role-playing adventure’s most iconic scenes and frame them on your wall, thanks to a new partnership the studio formed with video game concept art store Cook and Becker.

The new six-print series contains a blend of visual styles, from traditional Japanese woodblock printing to Asian landscape-inspired painting. The prints, all giclée with white bordering, cost between $100 and $125, with options to have Cook and Becker frame the print in various material options for an added fee. (It’s usually much cheaper to buy your own frames, as professional framing like this can be quite expensive, but to each their own.)

Cook and Becker have a nice description of how Sucker Punch approached its concept art creation:

To pull off this adventure story, Sucker Punch Productions had to dig deep into the history of Japan, to recreate a true-to-life thirteenth-Century Tsushima island.

This meant understanding the interlocking aspects of the island’s geography, nature and inhabitants, often extrapolating ideas from an incomplete historical record.

Designers dug deep into the history of the so-called Kamakura Era, visiting Tsushima island for photo reference shots and criss-crossing Japan for museum exhibits that shed light on the era’s culture and history.

The concept art for the game reflects that. By means of bold color choices, distinct environmental themes and stunning landmarks like pagodas or villages the player is submerged in a fantasy that pays homage to the Japan of old.

It’s not clear how long the sale will last, as Cook and Becker typically does not disclose how long it intends to keep a collection live or what the terms of its license or partnership with a game studio are. For instance, the company’s license for thatgamecompany’s Journey expires at the end of the year, but the Journey collection has been available for years now. And Cook and Becker is still selling prints for a number of other first-party Sony games, like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.

That said, it’s a wise idea to put an order in earlier rather than later if you’re eyeing any of the prints, as orders with Cook and Becker, in my experience, can sometimes take weeks to months to arrive depending on production, framing choice, and other factors.

Published at Thu, 05 Nov 2020 21:48:21 +0000

Best Buy won’t let you buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X in stores until 2021

If you haven’t already done so in the lead-up to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S, it’s time to toss aside what you’ve come to expect from a new console launch. This one’s going to feel different. Sony today confirmed that its retail partners will only be taking online orders when the console goes on sale next week on November 12th, and now Best Buy is saying that it won’t be making any of the next-gen consoles available to walk-in customers for the entirety of the holiday season. It’s buy online or nothing.

“While our stores won’t have devices for purchase on launch day or throughout the holiday season, keep an eye on BestBuy.com, where they’ll be available for purchase as soon as we have them available,” Best Buy’s Katie Huggins wrote in a blog post. “This means there’s no need to camp out at your local store, just check back on BestBuy.com without leaving home!” Sony also strongly discouraged eager gamers from lining up outside stores, since the effort would be completely wasted — and could present a heightened COVID-19 risk amid the ongoing pandemic.

Best Buy makes clear that customers will absolutely be able to order a PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S either online or with the Best Buy mobile app for in-store pickup (or contactless curbside service) at their local store. But you won’t be able to just walk into your go-to Best Buy and check out with one of the consoles until 2021 at the earliest.

Best Buy stores are all opening at 9AM local time for the console launches, and preorder customers have been able to reserve special pickup appointments as early as 6AM in some areas to avoid crowds.

Published at Thu, 05 Nov 2020 20:16:52 +0000

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