This photo tells our story: we started in 1999 with the 148-page guide to Metal Gear Solid when the internet was in its infancy and games took ten hours to complete. Twenty years later, we published the 512-page, expanded edition guide to Breath of the Wild in five languages and across four continents. The book spines above show that games have grown in size and complexity over time, which has naturally created demand for detailed, all-inclusive guides offering a physical extension to seminal games.
We frequently get asked why we still publish guidebooks when so much is available on the internet for free. And the short answer is: it’s down to our product and our team.
Yes, the internet offers free info on every game released but that it is not what we do. We select one game every year or so, and we invest all of our resources into creating the exclusive, complete official guide to that title. We have the industry’s largest guide development team, composed of authors, designers, translators, map, screenshot and functionality editors.
We work hand-in-hand with the best game studios in the world, which ensures our guides are 100% complete – offering hidden game parameters, developer insights, hi-res maps, official concept art – and a simultaneous release with the game.
Each new guide project presents opportunities for innovation; be those chapter concepts, gameplay flowcharts, screenshot technologies, data tables, no-spoiler solutions, instant-search tools, custom layouts, enhanced production values and new editions (collector’s, deluxe, expanded and digital). Through close collaboration with the studio, each of our guides becomes a tangible display of everything in the game, a collector’s item that serves as an alternative to the ever-increasing digital offerings available to gamers.
The image above shows our full guide catalogue and all of these titles are available for you to browse through here.
The Piggyback Team