Prima Games and BradyGames Officially Merge

PrimaGamesThe writing has been on the wall for awhile, but today marks it as official: Prima Games and BradyGames are now one entity. There is now only one strategy guide publisher in the United States, as Double Jump and numerous others I have forgotten folded years ago.

As part of the merge, the name of BradyGames is also melding into Prima Games. My orange books will soon be a classic as all of my strategy guides will have the red branding.

We’ve seen this in the works for quite some time. BradyGames was under the Penguin Books publishing umbrella, which is owned by Random House. Random House also owns Prima Games. Then BradyGames’ online e-guides merged with Prima Games’ website a few months ago. Really, this was a matter of time.

I’m mixed in how I feel about this. I really like the idea of competition for guides, because to me, that’s how things improve. If there’s not much competition for best quality strategy guides, then the only motivation for improvement is via the dollar. Granted, BradyGames and Prima haven’t exactly had much competition between the two, as they do not publish guides for the same game. The only competition they really had was in convincing publishers and developers to work with them over the other.

But no point in complaining about what is. This is how it is, and this is how it may stay. Maybe we’ll see more competition in the future with smaller publishers or perhaps with the online market. It’s an interesting time for strategy guides, and to be reviewing them, that is for certain.

The entire press release is below.

Prima Games, an imprint of Penguin Random House Inc., has joined forces with the team at BradyGames. Uniting these two iconic strategy guide publishers brings together over 40 years of expertise, creativity, and passion for the video game industry. Whether in print or digital—from traditional strategy guides to map apps, video content, and eGuides—Prima Games helps players get the most out of their games.

As the premiere provider of official, expert strategy content, Prima Games has the largest catalog of detailed strategy delivered in the most convenient and easy-to-use formats. Products include interactive web-accessed guides, iTunes/Google Play apps, console strategy apps, cheats and codes databases, and traditional print guides. Web-accessed strategy guides (eGuides) are available 24/7, directly from primagames.com with no download or DRM required. Print guides feature complete walkthroughs, detailed maps, instructional screenshots, and a free eGuide for access to updated content. Collector’s editions go even further with exclusive extras such as posters, interviews with game developers, lavish art sections, lithographs, and even in-game DLC.

We Are Prima Games. We Are Strategy. Visit primagames.com for more information.

Bloodborne Strategy Guide Set to Release April 14th

bloodbornecoverBeen wondering where the Bloodborne strategy guide has been? Surely there is going to be one, right? The Dark Souls games had strategy guides, so certainly Bloodborne will get the same treatment.

Yes, there is going to be a strategy guide, and the fantastic hardcore strategy guide, uh, people at Future Press are hard at work on this project. Unfortunately, as you can tell, it’s been delayed a smidge. It will release in both Europe and the US on April 14, 2015.

If you’ve rage quit more times than you have fingers on your hands, then put the game aside, run to Amazon and preorder the sucker because you know it will sell out, and then be patient and wait. Considering Future Press‘s quality of strategy guides in the past, it will be well worth the wait.

Or this could be the first time one of Future Press’s guides has totally bombed and I’ll be a liar and end up in a van down by the river.

Somehow though, because of all of the extra time they had to take, I’m sure it will be fantastic.

 

Bloodborne Strategy Guide Official Announcement

Future Press has hinted via Twitter for awhile now that they are working on the official strategy guide for Bloodborne, and the publisher has made this official. Future Press is indeed publishing the Bloodborne strategy guide, and as is Future Press’s tradition, the strategy guide will only be available in a collector’s edition format. It’s a beautiful hardcover strategy guide complete with lore information and art book within. I cannot stress enough how well Future Press prints their guides. Even though I haven’t seen the guide myself, I’m confident that it’s as stellar as their guides have been in the past.

Need more to drool over? Future Press has released a video going over the strategy guide. Even though I am not excited about Bloodborne because I’m a big baby, I’m thrilled to see that the people behind the book are excited. I don’t think it’s an excited due to relief of releasing a product either; they really look genuinely happy about the product.

Check it out for yourself!

Bloodborne and its corresponding strategy guide will release on February 20, 2015.

February 2015 Strategy Guides

January was super slow for strategy guide releases, so I hope everyone enjoyed the brief respite, because February is about to get crazy. The games are quite varied, so there is something for about everyone. I’m going to be rather busy, to say the least. I better do better with these than I handled all of November, which I obviously DID NOT. I’m a horrible EIC at times.

Enough of the self-flagellation…here are the strategy guides you can expect for February 2015!

Strategy Guide Date  Description
February 10, 2015 Evolve is essentially a monster hunting game, no matter if you’re playing the single-player or multiplayer versions of the game. I don’t believe it’s a horror game, but a FPS for those who enjoy killing a lot of monsters. Think Gears of War, but with different monsters. The emphasis seems to be primarily on multiplayer, and the strategy guide has a strong focus on that as well, which is rather interesting to say the least.
February 13, 2015  Yeah, this one hardly needs an introduction. I just hope it’s written by Steve Stratton, as he’s written pretty much every Legend of Zelda guide I own and he’s darn good at it.
February 20, 2015  I have been so pumped about The Order: 1886 ever since the first prerendered footage surfaced at E3 2013. I love all things alternate history, Victorian London, and steampunk. This game should feed all of those loves quite nicely.

Majora’s Mask 3D CE and Strategy Guide CE Bundle

108784bNintendo recently announced a limited edition bundle of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D that includes a cute little statue of Skull Kid. That’s already a nice little deal in of itself.

But if you peruse a little further, Prima Games also has a Collector’s Edition for their upcoming strategy guide for the game that brilliantly matches their hardcover CEs for all of their past Zelda games. Most importantly, it matches the covers of all of the CEs from their massive Legend of Zelda bundle that they sold last year.

Buying each of these goodies separately will run about $85 before tax, so Gamestop has come up with a neat little bundle to tie them both together for a shade cheaper.

B108784AbFor $84.98 (I never said it was a ton cheaper), you can preorder the complete CE bundle now of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D that will contain both the game CE and the beautiful CE strategy guide.

Yes, I’ve already preordered my bundle. I know I probably could have gotten one from Prima as a review copy, but in this case, I just could not risk it. I have zero regrets.

In other news, Chris and I have pretty much declared war on one another for who will be reviewing the strategy guide for The Legend of Zelda Wii U. We might record our brawl for posterity.