Ubisoft is desperate to turn Assassin's Creed into a true transmedia franchise, as evidenced by a new tie-in novel and art book revealed to coincide with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
The novel in question has been imaginatively titled Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, penned by Oliver Bowden (real name Anton Gill, who authored several previous Assassin's Creed books). It will act as an origin story of sorts, presumably including some of the game's major events as it follows Edward Kenway's journey from His Majesty's privateer to feared freebooter. Penguin Publishing has announced a November 7th UK release date. Here's the blurb for your consideration:
The Golden Age of Piracy – a time when greed, ambition and corruption overcomes all loyalties - and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his time. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world most deadly pirates and was drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Templars and the Assassins.
An official art book will also be available on October 28th, containing original artwork and concept pieces, alongside a Prima strategy guide.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is perhaps the most ambitious game in the series to date; a "naval sandbox" that lets you seamlessly sail, leap, swim and swashbuckle your way through an enormous swathe of the Carribean. You can read plenty of details in our big fat reveal preview ahead of its launch this Christmas on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One.