BioWare’s Mass Effect and Dragon Age series have been renowned for the freedom they give players, with branching stories based on dialogue choices and decisions, but you’re about to get another choice — the choice to draw outside the lines — when the games’ adult coloring books release next year.
The coloring books, spotted by IGN, will be published by Dark Horse and look remarkably detailed based on their tentative cover designs. The Mass Effect coloring book features an Asari holding a pistol with a small blue glow surrounding her and several dead enemies on the floor. The Dragon Age book, meanwhile, looks like it could find a home as a Dungeons & Dragons expansion, with a trio of warriors, including the famous Varric, bracing for combat.
The “adult coloring book” has risen massively in popularity recently, and is thought to reduce anxiety more than simply drawing on a page. Those who are more defensive may find that they let their guard down and become more open when tasked with coloring an image.
If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, Dark Horse has you covered, too. The comic Mass Effect: Discovery will begin in spring of 2017, right around when Mass Effect: Andromeda launches, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant will follow next May. An art book and “poster collection” based on Mass Effect will also be available next year.
Longer, traditional novels, published by Titan Books, are also on the way. The first of these, Mass Effect: Initiative (or Initiation) by N.K. Jemisin, was originally scheduled to release in August but has since been delayed, and the other three books are all expected to release by March 2018. The books will serve as both prequels and sequels to the upcoming Andromeda game.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is out in early 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.