As it stands now, English-only readers are out of luck if they’ve wanted to take a deep — and we mean deep — dive into French publisher Third Editions’ meticulously crafted books that analyze and explore the lore-rich worlds of video game favorites like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bloodborne, Dark Souls III, and Final Fantasy VIII. But a new Kickstarter campaign is aiming to change that.
Third Editions is hoping to raise enough money to fund the translation of three gorgeous books that tackle those game worlds — the latest in a long series of French-only hardcovers — into English. And there are a couple of pretty cool incentives for big spenders willing to help the publisher meet its goal of 60,000 Euros — or $73,000 and change.
In addition to the expected options of pledging enough to snag one, two, or all three of the books, anyone who’s willing to shell out 1,000 Euros will see their name on a dedication page at the front of the book of their choosing. When we checked the Kickstarter page, only Final Fantasy VIII and Dark Souls were still up for grabs — someone had already snapped up Breath of the Wild — and the campaign was well past the halfway point toward reaching the mark.
Looking at these examples from its earlier titles, Third Editions’ boast that its books are real stunners isn’t an idle one.
Track record aside, there’s more reason to believe Third Editions will hit the target, if its first Kickstarter effort, back in 2016, is anything to go by. That campaign not only funded the translation of the three game books it took on; it even hit Third Editions’ stretch goal to translate two more. In the end, English readers got meaty, dot-connecting story breakdowns for Final Fantasy VII, as well as first installments in the Zelda and Dark Souls series, plus treatments of Metal Gear Solid and BioShock.
“But,” the company says, “it’s time to go even further with our international ambitions…Our French catalogue is growing all the time, and we absolutely intend to translate all of our books one day.”
Third Editions is shooting for a publication deadline of October 2018. To check out the campaign, as well as explore what they accomplished the first time around, head on over to Kickstarter.