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120 Years of Vlambeer and Friends documents studio’s entire output, including art, interviews and analysis

Nuclear Throne dev Vlambeer to release game design history book

Vlambeer, the Dutch independent developer behind Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, has announced its plans to publish a book.

120 Years of Vlambeer and Friends will be co-produced with the help of video game art dealer Cook & Becker and written by Arjan Terpstra, who previously authored Killzone Visual Design, a title delving into the eponymous work on Guerrilla Games’ shooter series.

The title will cover “everything we’ve ever made”, Vlambeer said in its announcement, with the 152-page publication including interviews with the studio’s devs, original concept sketches and game artwork, plus a 20,000-word history of the company, which was founded in 2010.

The standard version of the book will cost $39, with a $93.50 limited edition featuring a hand-signed variant cover, numbered art print, Vlambeer notepad and pen, and a collection of all of the studio’s games.

“As far as we’re aware, no independent developer has ever tried doing something like this,” the studio said.

It added reassurance that: “The fact that we’re making a history book doesn’t mean Vlambeer is history. We’re continuing work on merch, new prototypes and ideas, and our aim is to maybe make a few smaller games to recover a bit.”

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