Assassin's Creed: 2021 Transmedia
In a recent interview with Eurogamer's Tom Phillips, Aymar Azaïzia (Transmedia and business development Director for Ubisoft) and Etienne Bouvier (Publishing content manager) revealed a number of upcoming Assassin's Creed transmedia projects that will release this year instead of a new game. Along with DLC content for Valhalla, it's certainly not a year off for the series, as Ubisoft and partners are working tirelessly on a number of ambitious and unique projects that will certainly keep fans entertained during the hiatus.
In this article we will be breaking down all of the new content revealed, and looking at the future of the Assassin's Creed series.
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"The Ming dynasty becomes a battleground for the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of the Templars in this blockbuster action novel from a previously unexplored part of the beloved Assassin's Creed universe.
China, 16th century. The Assassins are gone. Zhang Yong, the relentless leader of the Eight Tigers, took advantage of the emperor's death to eliminate all his opponents, and now the Templars hold all the power. Shao Jun, the last representative of her clan, barely escapes death and has no choice but to flee her homeland. Vowing to avenge her former brothers in arms, she travels to Europe to train with the legendary Ezio Auditore.
When she returns to the Middle Kingdom, her saber and her determination alone will not be enough to eliminate Zhang Yong: she will have to surround herself with allies and walk in the shadows to defeat the Eight Tigers."
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Assassin's Creed: The Ming Storm
Aconyte Books are set to publish a trilogy of books, the first of which is titled "The Ming Storm", a new adventure following Shao Jun in 16th Century China. (Chronicles Category)
The novel has already been launched in China and France, with a Russian edition currently in development.
The Ming Storm" will be published in the U.S. and Canada on June 1st and on July 8th in the U.K. The book will be available in paperback and ebook formats, with an audiobook version expected to follow. (Licencing Global)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Graphic Novel
Glénat Editions will soon be publishing a new Assassin's Creed Valhalla graphic novel, following the success of their web comic that launched November 2020 (French), which followed Eivor raiding a monastery.
"Glénat Editions' original graphic novel will be arriving in France this fall, giving readers a chance to uncover the tale of an aspiring Assassin and a Christian monk as they travel from Ravensthorpe to the mystery-filled heights of Scotland." (GameInformer)
As the story will act as a spin-off from the events of Assassin's Creed Valhalla with new characters and stories, it's fair to assume for now that it can be considered canon.
Although the graphic novel is set to launch this Fall in French, it may also be released at a later date in other languages.
More information coming soon.
The interview also clarified a new system of categorising stories published under the Assassin's Creed umbrella that is now being used internally by Ubisoft and its publishers.
Classics are direct adaptations of video games.
Chronicles feature new stories with returning Assassins.
Originals offer all-new protagonists and time periods.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers is a Manhua (comic) written by Feng Zisu that is set to launch June 28th online, and August 10th in print. (Chronicles Category)
"Many years before the exploits of Eivor Wolf-Kissed, Jarl Stensson and his younger brothers, Ulf and Björn, make their way to England at the behest of Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless. Filled with excitement, confidence and bloodlust, the three brothers are eager to go to war against Aelfred the Great and his Anglo Saxon army. But they would do well not to underestimate what awaits them on those green shores"
The manhua will be published by TokyoPop, and has 272 pages, making it relatively long for an Assassin's Creed comic.
Although the cover of the manhua is in colour, preview pages shared by GameInformer show that the project may in fact be in black and white.
You can pre-order the English version of the Manhua now on Amazon, which releases digitally June 28, 2021, and in Print on August 10th.
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Assassin's Creed: Fragments
Assassin's Creed: Fragments is a new trilogy of young adult novels published by 404 Editions. (Originals). (Titles below are translated)
The first book in the series, titled "Assassin's Creed Fragments - Aizu's Blade" by Oliver Gay released on the 15th April 2021 in France, and explores the life of 16-year-old Atsuko during the 1868 Boshin War in Japan. Available now on Amazon (French)
The second book, titled "Assassin's Creed Fragments - Children of the Highlands" by Alain T. Puysségur is set during 13th Century Scotland, and is due to release in France in September 2021.
The third and final book in the series is titled "Assassin's Creed: Fragments - The Witches of the Land" by Adrien Tomas, and takes place during the 17th Century French Witch Trials. Release: 2022
According to Bouvier in his interview with Eurogamer, the team left the door open for writers to pitch ideas and settings, with limited creative input needed from Ubisoft. The series slots into the "originals category", meaning it explores new characters and stories.
"The only creative input we gave to that project was we wanted three writers working on three different settings and focusing on the young adult trope of siblings - brothers, sisters, twins - and how they can be affected by the events of an Assassin's Creed story."
Assassin's Creed: Turbulence in the Ming Dynasty
Assassin's Creed: Turbulance in the Ming Dynasty is an upcoming Chinese audio series that fits into the 'Chronicles' transmedia category.
According to Bouvier, Ubisoft have had a lot of demand from Asian partners to develop more content around Shao Jun, as she was a relatable character for Chinese and Japanese audiences.
According to GameInformer, the audio series is an adaptation of the Ming Storm novel, featuring audio effects and a moving score. The series is also to be voiced by members of the Chinese film industry, with Liu Yan as Shao Jun.
Release date unknown.
Assassin's Creed: The Jade Seal Collection
Assassin's Creed: The Jade Seal Collection is a 10-novel exploration of Chinese History from the 4th to 17th Centuries. (Originals category)
Game Informer lists the the series as a collection of 10 short stories focussing on the Chinese chapter of Creed, which will include stories about emperors, legendary fighters, philosophers, and the like.
Information about the project is limited right now, but we know that the collection will be releasing in China first.
Release date unknown
Historical China fanart by Ubisoft Montreal artist John Bigorgne
Assassin's Creed Webtoon Series
Fan favourite character Edward Kenway returns in a new Korean webtoon series from Korean partner Redice, which is set after the events of Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag. (Chronicles category)
The animated manhwa series will act as a sequel to the game, with Edward fully joining the Assassin Brotherhood, rather than just working with them to fulfil his own goals.
Release date: Unknown
If an English version is ever produced, we would love to see Matt Ryan return to voice Edward!
Assassin's Creed Dynasty Paperback
Assassin's Creed Dynasty is a paperback containing chapters of the manhua web series written by Xu Xianzhe that was released online in 2020. (Originals category)
"In the 14th year of the Tianbao Era (CE 755) An Lushan, a military governor with ties to the Knights Templar, leads his elite corps to rebel against the Tang Dynasty, and the ill-prepared Tang empire falters under the threat. As the Tang dynasty starts to crumble, Li E, a shady Assassin trained by the Hidden Ones in the far West, teams up with Tang loyalists to turn the tide and save both the dynasty and the country from this crisis."
According to GamesRadar, manga giant Tokyopop picked up the North American/UK rights for Dynasty and the Assassin's Creed Valhalla Blood Brothers manhua.
Dynasty contains art by Zhang Xiao (black and white).
Below you can find a trailer for the web series.
GameInformer reports that the English version will release digitally on September 1, 2021, and in print January 11, 2022.
Assassin's Creed Netflix TV Series
Back in October, streaming service and production company Netflix announced that they are developing a live-action Assassin's Creed series in partnership with Ubisoft.
The live-action series, along with an animated, and anime series based on the franchise (also in production) will establish an Assassin's Creed TV Universe.
In the new article with Eurogamer, Aymar Azaïzia stated that a couple of talents had been secured for the show so far, and that nothing more can be announced at this stage as they are taking their time to develop the series.
Azaïzia also went on to say that he believes that TV suits the series better than a movie, as AC deals with multiple timelines, Assassins, Templars, Isu and more.
Assassin's Creed Anime Series
Not much is known about the anime Assassin's Creed series, but Adi Shankar (Castlevania) first revealed his involvement in 2017!
Many have no doubt forgotten about the project or simply assumed it had been cancelled, but Aymar Azaïzia revealed in his interview with Eurogamer that the series is in fact still in development!
"It's still active - it's the guys who brought us the Raving Rabbids TV show which have also announced the Far Cry animated series. Those guys are really focusing on that. It's not the next project which is coming up in their pipeline but it's still in their hands. It hasn't been canned."
Release Date Unknown
Ezio Anime Fanart by DoubleLeaf
Assassin's Creed Mr Men Books
Three Assassin's Creed Mr Men books were listed by Amazon Fr, and spotted by the eagle-eyed admins over at Access the Animus fan community
Dedicated to Ezio, Kassandra, and Eivor, the books will release in French on May 19th, 2021
The books are part of the much loved Mr Men and Little Miss franchise by the late Roger Hargreaves, and will be published by Hachette Heroes, who also produced the Assassin's Creed Official Collection series.
"Assassin's Creed: Where's the Assassin?" is a hardcover "Where's Wally" style puzzle book that releases 7th September 2021.
"Do you have the eagle eyes necessary to make it in the enigmatic Brotherhood of Assassins? This classic search and find book will allow gamers to interact with their favourite characters in a new way!
With beautiful, intricate, original illustrations spanning over 2000 years of history, search for 13 iconic assassins through the ages and across the world."
After the reveal, the title of the book was unfortunately mocked for stating a question that players have recently been asking, as for some the series is losing its identity due to the lack of playable Assassins.
Assassin's Creed: Where's The Assassin?
It's fair to say that Ubisoft have a big year planned for the Assassin's Creed series, even without a new game releasing. There's a ton of new content for fans to sink their teeth into, and you can stay up to date on everything AC here at The Ones Who Came Before.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
Assassin’s Creed®: Brotherhood of Venice is a tabletop board game with miniatures aiming to capture the essence of Assassin's Creed® and turn it into a fun, fully cooperative game for 1 to 4 players.
It is played in a campaign spanning several months in 1509 in which you play a small team of Assassins in charge of developing the Headquarters of the Brotherhood of Assassins in Venice, after Ezio Auditore has defeated Cesare Borgia and his allies, between the events of Assassin’s Creed®: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed®: Revelations.
Fans who pre-ordered Assassin's Creed Brotherhood of Venice will begin receiving their copy in May / June 2021.