Revealed Thursday on their Japanese Twitter page, Ubisoft has partnered with Minoji Kurata to write an all-new Assassin's Creed manga based in China. Since its very inception, the Assassin's franchise has captured fans' imagination far and wide, dropping players into the past using an extremely powerful machine called the Animus. Players have long been asking for a game set in Japan, yet a manga in China will just have to suffice...for now.
Drawn by Minano Kurata, the book (which will be a manga version of "Assassin's Creed: Chronicles China") will start being published on the November issue of the Japanese "Sunday GX" magazine!— AccessTheAnimus (@AccessTheAnimus) September 20, 2019
We thank our friend Claudia for the heads-up! pic.twitter.com/Cnjg0iMsfE
The magazine Monthly Sunday GX gave full notice of the upcoming run. Utilizing Shao Jun, the character from Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, Kurata's manga series will unfold with the story of China's last assassin as she alone attempts to thwart the Templars from overruling the world. Kurata is known for Daily Life of Scholar Shinjiro Katsuragi and Kusuriya no Hitorigoto. Though very different from what fans may expect with his upcoming Assassin's Creed title, these prior works showcase his talents with historical fiction.
It's unclear where the manga will pick up or what it will pertain to exactly, but it's sure to draw on details from its multi-media counterpart. Set in 1526, the video game followed Shao Jun returning to China after being trained by the revered assassin Ezio Auditore. Her mission was not only to stop the Templars but to rebuild the Brotherhood of Assasins back to its rightful place in the hierarchy of life, balancing good and evil far better than the Jedi from Star Wars ever thought possible. Jun also longs to avenge her fallen brethren, a common thread shared among Assassin's storylines.
The manga will most certainly dive far deeper into her own backstory, uncovering pieces of her life, as well as possibly highlighting other unknowns about the lore of Assassin's Creed itself. A more detailed expression of the universal Templars, specifically of those in the Eastern realms of the world, would be especially interesting to explore. This tag-along comic story will help to broaden and shape the Assassin's world with far more detail than the game ever could.
The ongoing war between the Templars and Brotherhood is one of the most intriguing plot points of the series, alongside collecting the pieces of the Eden's Apple, catering to the fans who love historical fiction. In 2013, based on Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Kendi Oiwa and Takashi Yano published their own manga series that lasted only a year.
With China as a backdrop and the Chronicles: China game to bolster acclaim, this upcoming manga series is sure to elicit long-standing praise. There's also the fact that manga is much like reading art. While video games themselves can be beautiful, as seen with Red Dead Redemption 2 and even Assassin's Creed Odessey, it's simply not the same as experiencing the beautifully intricate panels within the pages of a good manga.
Launching this coming October in Sunday GX, follow the Brotherhood of Assassins as they reclaim their power in China through the help of one savvy and cunning warrior.