From podcasts to webtoons, the Assassin’s Creed content library is expanding and taking on new and different formats!
Ubisoft recently announced quite a few newly forged partnerships with several renowned publishers, talented writers, and illustrators. These new partnerships will allow Ubisoft to expand the Assassin’s Creed universe, offering new stories and covering different forms of media. Assassin’s Creed fans can now learn more about the new stories of their favorite franchise by checking out the new, official website.
With the upcoming releases of new novels, comics, manhuas (Chinese comics), webtoons (Korean webcomics for smartphones), and a series of podcasts, the narrative world of Assassin’s Creed is expanding into some all-new kind of formats.
“With the rich artistic freedom offered by Assassin’s Creed, many creators are excited to showcase their vision for the franchise! It is a great creative opportunity to publish work that’s related to this genre and produced by writers or illustrators who are recognized in their field” explained Aymar Azaïzia, Transmedia Director at Ubisoft Montreal.
Ubisoft is creating three story labels that will help fans to choose their next read.
Classics: Adaptations based on video game stories.
Chronicles: New adventures with famous and beloved Assassins.
Originals: New narratives with new protagonists and time periods.
Some of this year’s latest transmedia creations stem from collaborations with talented Asian writers and artists, especially in China, Japan and Korea. “We are all consumers of stories. With this global vision and local approach, we seek to offer our fans new content in formats they are familiar with, and with stories that are rooted in their cultural background and their history”, adds Etienne Bouvier, Publishing Content Manager at Ubisoft.
There are many new releases that have already been scheduled for this year.
- Assassin’s Creed® Fragments Young Adult Trilogy (Originals): Each book in the series will take readers to a different period and location, with new protagonists. The first volume takes place 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 expands the franchise through ten novels that explore Chinese history.
- Assassin’s Creed® The Ming Storm (Chronicles): This novel is the beginning of an action-packed 16th-century China trilogy with Shao Jun, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.
- Assassin’s Creed® Dynasty (Manhua) (Originals): First released as a webcomic in China, this comic will be available in other areas in paperback. Readers will be able to follow the adventures of Li E, an assassin trying to save the Tang Dynasty from a civil war.
- Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla: Blood Brothers (Manhua) (Chronicles): In this manhua from the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, fans will be able to discover the story of two brave Viking brothers, set shortly before the achievements of Eivor the Wolf -Kissed.
- Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla French Graphic Novel (Chronicles): The graphic novel will be released in the fall of 2021 in France and readers will discover the story of an aspiring assassin and a Christian monk as they embark on a quest that will lead them from Ravensthorpe to the mystery-filled Scotland heights.
- Assassin’s Creed® Turbulence In The Ming Dynasty Podcast (Chronicles): The audio adaptation comes to life through a leading cast from the Chinese film industry.
- Webtoon (Originals): This is a sequel to the Assassin’s Creed® Black Flag videogame and an expansion of Edward Kenway’s storyline.