A number of Ubisoft franchises have comic-books set in the same universe, but most of them are published through other labels. That’s why Ubisoft announced their own publishing division, Ubisoft Publishing.
The department’s first project is Assassin’s Creed Heresy, which will be written by Christie Golden. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Golden, she is the one behind Blackbeard: The Lost Journal and Assassin’s Creed Unity: Abstergo Employee Handbook.
Ubisoft President Laurent Detoc expressed his excitement towards the new division, and clarified how this move allows them to own “creative control” over future books.
We will continue to partner with the best in the book publishing industry while also working on our own publishing initiatives. With this team, we are owning creative control from initial concept to print, selecting the writers we work with, editing, artwork, the look and feel of the jacket, etc. We know our brands and their individual stories very intimately, so we’re leveraging our in-house expertise to continue to propel our brands and explore and dive into narratives that will be compelling to fans and new readers alike.
We’ve worked with the best in the book publishing industry from Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Insight Editions, and Titan Comics, and will continue to do so. We’re also leveraging our in-house expertise with a seasoned team of creatives, from writers to editors to artists, who intimately know our brands and storylines, and want to give them the creative control to explore what each world has to offer.
Assassin’s Creed Heresy releases on November 15.