UDON Entertainent makes really nice art books, so if you're a fan of Street Fighter, Tekken or Street Fighter X Tekken, you're probably going to want to pick up Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks, which is released Wednesday, August 29.
The book starts with a collection of artwork, including box covers, posters, iPhone cases and whatnot, all with commentary from the artist. The comments become even more interesting in the next section, which is a series of character portraits. Screen grabs from the various game trailers and ending cinematics are presented, with their own commentary. But in addition to the various concept art and character models and stage designs, there are also interviews. And they're quite fascinating. Reading how they merged the somewhat disparate Street Fighter and Tekken universes is genuinely interesting, especially when paired with the various images illustrating the development of the game.
Everyone's favorite transgender Street Fighter, Poison, gets a bit of play here and there, but I personally really enjoyed the rejected costumes for Abel where he was dressed as a sailor with a little hat and everything. Also, there's an image of Ryu and Kazuya in loincloths that was printed on towels and distributed at the Aomori Nebuta Festival. They're both facing away, and look like they're not wearing any pants... until you notice the loincloth uncomfortably riding up their cracks! I kind of want one!
Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks is a really solid bit of fan service, offering up some seriously stunning pieces of art alongside some revealing interviews with the people behind Street Fighter, Tekken and Street Fighter X Tekken. And it's all laid out in a clean, stylish design. And at the end, it has some teaser images of the still-in-development Tekken X Street Fighter, so I suppose we can expect an equally attractive book to accompany that game when it is released!