Dark Horse Comics has revealed its third hefty Zelda book instalment: The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia, due for publication on April 24th, 2018. It's available for pre-order for $39.99 on the Dark Horse Comics website, though is notably cheaper across other outlets such as Amazon. The book is the third and final volume in the company's trilogy of Zelda books (the "Goddess Collection"), following Hyrule Historia in 2013 and more recently Art & Artifacts last February.
While the former contains a historical overview on the legendary franchise and all its games (including the infamous Zelda timeline that tore many Zelda enthusiasts apart), the latter focuses more on the series' artwork throughout its three-decade existence. The Encyclopedia, however, aims to expand on Hyrule Historia, including further information on the seemingly controversial Zelda timeline (for those who care). Here's an extract from Dark Horse Comics' official site:
This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD.
A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!
* An exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.
* An expansion of information from The Legend of Zelda timeline.
* Rare development sketches of your favourite characters.
* An extensive database of items and enemies."
For collectors it should be noted that both Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts also had limited edition versions available to pre-order alongside their regular copies (which are basically the same books but with flashier covers), so it can be assumed that Encyclopedia will receive this same treatment too. Having said that, the regular editions of each all share the same themed covers, with HH being green, A&A being red, and Encyclopedia being blue, so possessing all three together is arguably a more visually appealing collection.
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