Jun 3, 2013

Into The Pixel 2013 Winners - ArenaNet Teases Something Big

Now in it's tenth year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) just announced this years lineup of winning pieces for their yearly Into The Pixel competition, which honors the best art from professional concept artists in the industry. Featuring a mix of production art and game concepts I was intrigued to find a winning piece among the entries for a completely unannounced title, the above piece from Daniel Dociu, the art director of Arenanet and Guild Wars 2. Titled 'Crossroads,' the piece is attached to an unannounced project, featuring an impossibly vertical futuristic city with a distinctly Asian flair.

Taken from the official press release from Into The Pixel.
Considering ArenaNet's prior practices of being very open about sharing art prior to a game's launch, including releasing an art book for Guild Wars 2 over one year before it shipped, I'm personally not surprised, but I absolutely loved this approach to teasing a new title. Perhaps this is a clue for a next gen title which will be announced at E3 this year? Among some of the games featured in the winning entries: Assassin's Creed IV, Destiny, Dragon Age, Transistor and many others from some of the best concept artists in the industry, which you can check out right after the break.

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