Ultimate Ink Trash is an artist with a very clear goal: to take some of the biggest video games of the modern age, and re-imagine their covers in the style of the hand-illustrated box art for games released on the Mega Drive and TurboGrafx.
Having bought too many games of that ancient, bygone era purely on the strength of their box art, I like all of them, though the Bill & Ted cameo in the Cyberpunk one is a particular favourite.
A particular highlight are the visual development sketches, raw explorations of some of the faction’s colour schemes and unit design specifics, that are the very heart of an art team’s work on a game like this, and which are very cool to see shared here.
That’s a testament to not only how good they look—and from the series’ earliest “space tiger” days through to this latest expansion, it has been one of the finest examples of continuously excellent art design in all of video games—but also the rare freedom the game’s artists have been allowed in sharing so much of their work. While most publishers allow artists to share their contributions after a game is released these days, it’s rare to see this much of it.