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Find out about Eric Chahi, creator of Another World (aka, Out of This World) and From Dust, with this unique biography retracing his career as an artist and game designer. Written by Daniel Ichbiah, writer and journalist specializing in video games, Eric Chahi – Journey of a French Video Game Creator, takes you on a path full of magic and waking reveries, to the heart of the artist’s work, his inspirations, his world; the story of a man who dreamed about Another World…

Take the chance to rediscover the epic game Another World, one of Eric Chahi’s masterpieces remastered in HD within this dedicated boxset! Read the story of one of the greatest game designers of the 1990s through this unique work. Eric Chahi takes the reader backstage, from the dawn of microcomputing to French video game development in the 1980s and 1990s and the democratization of gaming. A fascinating glimpse of the birth of an industry, full of key moments, disappointments, rebounds and last-minute victories!

Preview of the "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK
Preview of the "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK

When playing Another World you doubtless felt you were taking part in something very special. For a few hours you entered a deeply engrossing parallel universe, the world of its creator: Eric Chahi. An inventor, absorbed by computing and programming, cinema and science fiction art. We've felt the same unique sensation in other works from this demiurge of the virtual, in Heart of Darkness and, more recently, the magnificent From Dust.

Eric Chahi, interviewed by Daniel Ichbiah, author of the book "Eric Chahi – Journey of a French video game creator".
Eric Chahi, interviewed by Daniel Ichbiah, author of the book "Eric Chahi – Journey of a French video game creator".
Screenshots from the games Another World, Heart of Darkness and From Dust.
Screenshots from the games Another World, Heart of Darkness and From Dust.

Eric Chahi's talent is matched only by his immense modesty. He nonetheless was willing to tell us his incredible story in a fascinating testimonial. This tale, full of magic, superpowers and daydreams, is sprinkled with exclusive visuals: concept art, sketches, artwork and storyboards. These are used to highlight the words of a decidedly unusual creator.

Sketches and concept arts from various Eric Chahi's games
Sketches and concept arts from various Eric Chahi's games

When it was released in the early-1990s, Another World (aka Out of this World) was considered in many ways as inspired and visionary, heralding the video games to come. Apart from the technical challenge it represented, Eric Chahi's work has left an indelible mark on the history of video games through the emotions elicited in players and their immersion in a world brimming with detail. The young programmer's creative energy, strongly influenced by cinema and science fiction art, had turned players' gaming expectations upside-down forever.

The front and back cover of the book "Eric Chahi – Journey of a French video game creator".
The front and back cover of the book "Eric Chahi – Journey of a French video game creator".
In this official biography, Eric Chahi reveals the secrets of the development of Another World, Heart of Darkness, Future Wars, From Dust and lot of other games!
In this official biography, Eric Chahi reveals the secrets of the development of Another World, Heart of Darkness, Future Wars, From Dust and lot of other games!

Now, 20 years later, Eric Chahi tells his incredible story in this peerless work. From his passion for imaginary universes to his artistic influences and discovery of programming, he casts a fond and nostalgic look back at a 30-year career. It took almost 15 hours of exclusive interviews to prepare this collection, which is brimming with a wide variety of anecdotes and documents.

This is the opportunity to go backstage and discover the secrets behind titles such as Heart of Darkness, Future Wars – Adventures in Time, Infernal Runner and From Dust. The book also offers a glimpse of what's to come in Chahi’s most recent works on hyper-realistic 3D volcanoes simulation and virtual reality.

Learn more about the conception of amazing games like Heart of Darkness or Future Wars – Adventures in Time.
Learn more about the conception of amazing games like Heart of Darkness or Future Wars – Adventures in Time.
Preview of the "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK with included digipack opened.
Preview of the "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK with included digipack opened.

The "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK contains:

  • The official biography of Eric Chahi, illustrated with exclusive visuals and design documents (over 200 full-colour pages). 
  •  An exclusive Digipack including:

          - The Another World 20th anniversary edition game, remastered in HD (compatible with PC and Mac)

          - The Image Disk (.img) of the original Another World Amiga version of the game 

          - The original Another World soundtrack

          - The Another World developer's notebook (digital content included with the game)

          - A video featuring Eric Chahi (digital content included with the game)

          - The game manual

          - 3 postcards

The "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK unboxed.
The "Welcome to Another World" – COLLECTOR PACK unboxed.

This postcard, showing a sketch of Another World, is autographed by its creator: Eric Chahi.

This item is included from $61 pledge.

The postcard autographed by Eric Chahi.
The postcard autographed by Eric Chahi.
Download the digital version of Another World 20th Anniversary Edition on one of the following platforms: Steam, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 or PS Vita.

This item is included from the $61 pledge tier.

In a notebook that is unique for the genre, you can recreate all of the legendary scenes from your favourite game by placing stickers on level boards. Try your hand at level design, reinvent Another World and share your best creations!  

This item is included from 60€ pledge.

Preview of the "Another World – The Level Editor".
Preview of the "Another World – The Level Editor".

This exclusive limited hand made engraving is based on the cover art of the game Future Wars – Adventures in Time and from an original black and white painting designed by Eric Chahi, but never published before. 

Each engraving will be autographed and printed in Rives paper, made of 100% cotton, acid free, soft-sized, and buffered.

This item is only included with 100€ and more pledges and limited to 250 units.

This wooden engraving represents the cover art of Future Wars – Adventures in Time.
This wooden engraving represents the cover art of Future Wars – Adventures in Time.

 Below is the list of all pledges and rewards for this campaign.

The official biography of Eric Chahi [Early Bird] + your name in the book's acknowledgements.

The official biography of Eric Chahi + 3 postcards + your name in the book's acknowledgements.

The “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”– COLLECTOR PACK [Early Bird] (contains the official biography of Eric Chahi + the game Another World20th Anniversary (PC/MAC) + the ROM of the original Amiga version of the game Another World + the original soundtrack of Another World + the developer's notebook for Another World (digital content on game disk) + a video featuring Eric Chahi (digital content on game disk) + 3 postcards) + your name in the book's acknowledgements.

The “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”– COLLECTOR PACK (contains the official biography of Eric Chahi + the game Another World20th Anniversary (PC/MAC) + the ROM of the original Amiga version of the game Another World + the original soundtrack of Another World + the developer's notebook for Another World (digital content on game disk) + a video featuring Eric Chahi (digital content on game disk) + 3 postcards) + your name in the book's acknowledgements.

The “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”– COLLECTOR PACK (contains the official biography of Eric Chahi + the game Another World20th Anniversary (PC/MAC) + the ROM of the original Amiga version of the game Another World + the original soundtrack of Another World + the developer's notebook for Another World (digital content on game disk) + a video featuring Eric Chahi (digital content on game disk) + 3 postcards) + your name in the book's acknowledgements + a digital version of the game Another World 20th Anniversary (choose your version: Steam/Xbox One/Wii U/Nintendo 3DS/PS4/PS3 or PS Vita) + a postcard autographed by Eric Chahi + Another World – The Level Editor.

The “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”– COLLECTOR PACK (contains the official biography of Eric Chahi + the game Another World20th Anniversary (PC/MAC) + the ROM of the original Amiga version of the game Another World + the original soundtrack of Another World + the developer's notebook for Another World (digital content on game disk) + a video featuring Eric Chahi (digital content on game disk) + 3 postcards) + your name in the book's acknowledgements + a digital version of the game Another World 20th Anniversary (choose your version: Steam/Xbox One/Wii U/Nintendo 3DS/PS4/PS3 or PS Vita) + a postcard autographed by Eric Chahi + Another World – The Level Editor + an exclusive engraving based on the cover art of the game Future Wars – Adventures In Time.

Following the success of the Collector Box in France, we have decided to offer this magnificient boxed set to all fans and players around the world, with a faithful adaptation of the boxed set in English and new content in addition to the biography and remastered game. 

Thanks to YOU and your SUPPORT, we want to go farther by offering exclusive creations based on Eric Chahi's artistic work. 

Why have we set a target of 35,000€ as our initial objective? We have based our costs on those of the French version edition: translation and layout costs for 200 pages, copyright expenses, manufacturing and distribution.

Risks and challenges

This project began with a dream: offer an ultimate collector's version of Another World to the game community, and, further, to anyone who feels video games can be a mode of expression, an Art in itself. Our goal is to make our medium known beyond the industrial borders of video gaming.

This book is the perfect opportunity to tell you about Eric Chahi's work from 1983 until now, and a testimony to the emergence and evolution of the video game industry in France.

With his talent and genius for detail, Eric Chahi has influenced a number of creators around the world, and today his work is displayed at the MOMA in New York among the video games that have marked the gamers over the last 40 years.

Our passion for this project is almost 'educational': we are proud to participate in the democratization of our medium, to share it with everyone today. Eric Chahi's creation of Another World over 20 years ago was an essential step in the history of video games: animated characters that elicit emotion, cinematographic narration used to further gameplay, a game without scores, a total immersion of the player in the Other World.

Given that we have already produced the "Welcome to Another World Collector Pack" in French, the base is already there, ready for the creation of a new layout for the translation, which limits the risk to manufacturing delays for the book and boxed set. We have scheduled delivery for June 2016, to give our service providers ample time to finish production.

Shipping costs are temporary as we are still trying to get the best deal for shipping the product anywhere in the world. For EU, we'll use the French postal service, for US and Canada, we are discussing with some distributors based in Canada to reduce shipping costs as much as possible for you backers. We'll tell you more about that in a future update!

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    - Another World Original soundtrack
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