Age of Wonders III cover art revealed!

After having worked on it for several months, we are thrilled to finally show you the cover art of Age of Wonders III.  Some keen-eyed forum users already noticed an early version on Amazon.de, but this is the real deal!

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After going with a bunch of alternatives with our co-publishing partners, we settled on this concept. Our retail partners want a standout cover, preferable with the logo at the top so it’s easy to see on the shelves. The cover should show the experience of what the game is about. It displays the various types of leaders you can be in the game , looming above a battlefield in a fantastic world. The central character also has high contrast so we have an element that pops from a far (from smaller on-screen versions).

There were big arguments whether a female (Sundren) or male (Edward) should be the central character. Apparently covers with women sell a lot less, so we opted for the male. Don’t tell this to Rhianna Pratchett (our friend and writer who worked on Overlord!). Seriously though, we felt the pose with the central large sword better fitted with the male dreadnaught than the female Rogue. The light beyond Age of Wonders logo shines on the lead characters, as if they have a heavenly mandate to protect the arcadian landscape below from the attacking army. Will the player protect the Age of Wonders, or use it for his own evil goals?

The art is a group effort. The initial concept was done by Lennart, subsequently Lead Artist Allert van der Leij did the 3D posing and worked out the page core of the page in high detail. Additionally Intern Chilly Prins (who has a great knack for color and environment) added painterly details, bringing the elements together. Then Len did some final detailing on the characters.

The Characters:

  • Dwemus, A Dwarf Theocrat. A jolly Dwarf Priest appearing in the story. He’s got a grudge against the Commonwealth
  • Sundren, High Elf Rogue. Daughter of Julia and King Saridas. Protagonist of the Elven Court Campaign
  • Edward, Human Dreadnaught. Protagonist of the Commonwealth Campaign.
  • Reshkar, Draconian who you’ll help find a new homeland in the the Elven Court Campaign
  • Saridas, former Dark Elf, appearing in both EC and CW campaigns

(Elements of) this art will also be used as banners in the digital stores and on the webpage. Hopefully we’ll get some posters printed too.

Let us know what you think!

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  • #13905

    Yinello
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    I think the women thing was a bit of a joke, they continue on with a “seriously though”, giving the real reason. It’s more due to the classes of the two characters rather than their gender.

    Hmm good point, I guess I kind of misread that.

    #13918

    Callynn
    Member

    Still a pity they decided to only put one woman on the cover.
    I really prefer the duo theme (one woman and one man) in a cover, especially if there is rivalry or war between factions. Putting a single person in the front makes it feel like the campaign might be soley about him (which I hope is wrong).

    My personal taste aside, the cover is quite nice.

    #13927

    Grakor456
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    Something else I noticed…namingly, that there are no goblins and orcs on the cover, and the one mentioned was an antagonist. I do hope that there will be prominent orc and goblin protagonists in the campaign, as it’d be a shame to have them delegated only as antagonists. Especially in light of AoW3’s more flexible alignment system.

    #14010

    Morty
    Member

    Something else I noticed…namingly, that there are no goblins and orcs on the cover, and the one mentioned was an antagonist. I do hope that there will be prominent orc and goblin protagonists in the campaign, as it’d be a shame to have them delegated only as antagonists. Especially in light of AoW3′s more flexible alignment system.

    Yeah, agreed. It would be a shame if they were reduced to being the dumb evil guys again.

    #14011

    Nerdfish
    Member

    IMHO he’s better off with with a musket, gun-blade or some other weapons of the dreadnought class.

    #14025

    Narvek
    Keymaster

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Grakor456 wrote:</div>
    (…) I do hope that there will be prominent orc and goblin protagonists in the campaign, as it’d be a shame to have them delegated only as antagonists. Especially in light of AoW3′s more flexible alignment system.

    Yeah, agreed. It would be a shame if they were reduced to being the dumb evil guys again.

    Yes they are present, and they are as varied over alignment as everyone else 🙂
    Lennart already told a bit about Nomlik somewhere in these forums, a Goblin Theocrat who is out to free his fellow goblins from oppression.

    #14056

    Morty
    Member

    That’s awesome to hear. Keep up the good work. *thumbs up*

    #14262

    Shaak
    Member

    yup… this draconianis is a totally sh%$… some of art works so terrible, art producer have huge troubles with logic and havent good taste, imho

    #14281

    vfxrob
    Member

    The age of wonders 3 cast!

    The cast extended, yay images work again!

    #141187

    Fenraellis
    Member

    Ignoring the bot, and since my post isn’t technically the necro post…

    But, since I don’t recall seeing that picture from the post just before the bot when it was posted, I felt I should say. Nicely done, though, vfxrob! Amusing little kind of chibi looking art of the cast.

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    NathanDrake
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