Egmont Publishing has detailed its new Minecraft book, Blockopedia.
This hexagonal book is a ‘comprehensive reference tool for beginners and more experienced players alike’, written by former editor of Edge Magazine, Alex Wiltshire.
Blockopedia is fully illustrated and packed with information about each Minecraft block. Each block is featured with a general overview of its properties, as well as little-known trivia and expert advice on what to do with it.
“Working closely with Mojang, we wanted to make sure this encyclopaedia was so much more than just an ordinary reference book, so it could truly reflect both the richness of the world and iconic visual identity of the game," said Sarah Bates, publishing director for licensed character books, Egmont Publishing.
"Blockopedia pushes the boundaries of what we expect a book to be. It’s totally unique and we’re extremely proud to be bringing such an innovative product to market.
“With 312 pages and featuring 112 blocks plus their variant forms, this is a truly authoritative and informative companion to Minecraft that has been meticulously designed and beautifully illustrated with bespoke Chunky renders. The high quality paper and matt cover-finish that features embossed squares to bring out the texture of the grass block give it a truly 3D feel. The book is also presented in a stylish matt black gift box, making this a very special product.”
The book also includes information on the new blocks released in the 1.8 game update.
Lydia Winters, director of fun, Mojang, added: “The world of Minecraft is incredibly expansive. We wanted to create something together with Egmont, that would give any Minecrafter a plethora of new knowledge about blocks.
"The entire game revolves around the blocks you find and create, so it made sense to dig even deeper into the information about each one. We are excited to see how the community reacts to such a new type of Minecraft book.”
Blockopedia is out on December 4th from all good book retailers, with an RRP of £30.
Print runs for Egmont’s range of Minecraft books currently top 8.2 million copies.