And surely by now I do not need to explain to you how much I love the game Eastward.
Eastward is a perfect homage to some of the best video game experiences from the 90s, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Mother.
And the game has been celebrated by fans for its incredibly beautiful pixel art style and the massive amount of character jam packed in the unique world.
It is no surprise at all that Lost In Cult is working with Pixpil to create a book that explores the artwork and process behind this wonderful video game.
Eastward: Design Works
“As dark as it is delightful, Eastward: Design Works charts the development of Eastward from sketch to screen, exploring the influences, design philosophies, and intricate details of this pixel-perfect indie darling.”
Eastward: Design Works will explore all stages of the development of the characters and environments of Eastward.
The book also features analysis straight from the minds at Pixpil, who seemingly came out of nowhere with this cult classic game experience.
And, of course, all presented in an appropriately beautiful book from the publisher who brought you A Handheld History.
There are two distinct Eastward: Design Works editions coming from Lost In Cult and Pixpil.
The first is the softcover book (£39.99/$50usd), which is a perfect option for those only interested in the artwork contained within and do not need the additional bonus content.
The New Dam City Edition (£119.99/$150usd) will contain the hardcover version of the book and all of the exciting swag an Eastward fan could hope for.
This edition will include a yellow slipcase for the hardcover book, four pins, an East Born magazine, recipe cards, two posters, a bookmark, four art prints, and a collector’s box.
The first 500 editions will also be signed by the game’s creators at Pixpil.
Both editions of Eastward: Design Works are available for pre-order on the Lost In Cult website through January 23, 2024. And those orders are expected to ship in summer 2024.
In parallel with the soon to be released Eastward Octopia DLC, Lost In Cult are also releasing a new limited edition soundtrack collection.
Is it really much of a surprise that Eastward has some of the best art AND music in a contemporary retro game?
Alongside the campaign for the book, you can also pre-order a vinyl record, CD or cassette of the Octopia soundtrack. There is also a cassette edition of the original game soundtrack.
The yellow vinyl edition is looking particularly gorgeous, and it is limited to 1000 copies. So you’ll definitely want to get your order in as soon as possible if you want to get yours.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.