Ubisoft is expanding the universe of Assassin’s Creed and has now introduced several new formats that will keep more stories ready.
Ubisoft is also expanding the Assassin’s Creed brand beyond video games. In addition to the already announced Netflix implementation, the material is now to be taken up in other new ways. Above all, they want to tell new stories in order to expand the universe of the franchise.
To this end, Ubisoft cooperates with a number of renowned publishers, authors and illustrators in order to develop new forms of media. On a specially created, new website describes the publishing program for 2021 and beyond.
So what can you expect specifically? There will be new novels, graphic novels, manhuas, webtoosn and, more recently, a number of podcasts. Aymar Azaizia, Transmedia Director at Ubisoft Montreal said: “It’s a great creative way to get a piece of work that is relevant to the genre and produced by authors or illustrators recognized in their fields.”
There will be new novels from Aconyte Books, Editis and Starfish, on the comic and graphic novel front there will be new versions of Glenat and Dark Horse Comics, from Ulab there will be original Manhuas. The Korean studio Redice is taking on the work on a first webtoon, the first narrative podcast comes from the Chinese partner Ximalaya.
In order to better classify the new content, three labels are created to help you choose your preferred media:
Classics: direct adaptations based on stories from the video games
Chronicles: new adventures with popular, iconic assassins
Originals: new narratives with new protagonists and time periods
According to official information, the selection planned for 2021 reads as follows:
Assassin’s Creed Fragments Trilogy For Young Adults (Originals)
Fragments is a new series of books for young adults developed in collaboration with the French publisher Editis. This historical action-adventure saga is about teenagers involved in the centuries-old feud between Assassins and Templars and exploring the relationship between the siblings. Each book in the series will take readers to a different time and place with new protagonists. The first volume is set in 19th century Japan, the second in 13th century Scotland and the third in 17th century France.
Assassin’s Creed The Jade Seal Collection (Originals)
From the Zhou Dynasty (4th century BC) to the Ming Dynasty (17th century), this collection adds ten novels to the franchise that explore Chinese history in general. Emperors, courtiers, legendary martial artists, poets, philosophers and many other important personalities from Chinese history have their say in this multi-part. New assassins, but also new archenemies, join the ranks of the franchise from these epic novels, written by six well-known Chinese writers and soon to be available in China.
Assassin’s Creed The Ming Storm (Chronicles)
Written by bestselling Chinese author Yan Leisheng, this novel is the beginning of an action-packed trilogy set in 16th century China in which Shao Jun takes the lead. As the protagonist in Ubisoft’s video game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, the young assassin is already a fan favorite. Cross Cult will publish the novel in Germany on October 4th, 2021.
Assassin’s Creed Dynasty (Manhua) (Originals)
Assassin’s Creed Dynasty was first published as a webcomic in China by local development partner ULAB and has already received more than 150 million online views and is ranked in the top 3 of the wuxia genre on the Tencent platform. It will soon be available in paperback in other territories as well. Readers will be able to follow the adventures of Li E., an assassin trying to save the Tang Dynasty from civil war.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers (Chronicles)
Fans can soon discover the epic story of two brave Viking brothers in this Manhua, set in the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which takes place not long before the exploits of Eivor the Wolf-Kissed.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Französisches Graphic Novel (Chronicles)
Glénat Editions will publish this original graphic novel in France in autumn 2021. Readers will learn the story of an aspiring assassin and a Christian monk who embark on a quest that will take them from Ravensthorpe to the mysterious heights of Scotland.