Phantasy Star Online: The Book of Hunters

Original Title
ファンタシースターオンライン
完全設定資料集
Released
March 2001
Size
8x12 inches
 
The Book of Hunters is a design book covering the original Dreamcast version of Phantasy Star Online. Instead of simply reproducing official promotional artwork (although the book does still contain some of that) a lot of the included sketches and illustrations show the evolution of the design process from initial concepts to finalised design. Almost every sketch is accompanied by some brief details explaining the thoughts behind it's creation.
 
A lot of the designs went unused – some briefly (the RAmarl, FOmar and HUcaseal character designs) some permanently (HUmarl and a hunter/newman hybrid). Everything from mags, weapons and the Pioneer ships to enemies and boss arenas are shown in various stages of completion. The book also includes an illustrated short story and some other nice little details such as a "translation" of the typeface used in game.
 
The book is 144 pages long, and roughly 2/3rds of it is in colour.
 
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