We may not be getting a new Assassin’s Creed game this year, but fret not fans – a novel aimed at young adults based in the Assassin’s Creed universe is on the way.
The first book in the planned series is titled Last Descendants and is planned for release September of this year. A follow-up book is planned for release in January 2017. Written by author Matthew J. Kirby, the series represents a partnership between Scholastic and Ubisoft. The book takes place in modern day, but will also venture into 1860s New York City, the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, and will feature historical celebrities William “Boss” Tweed, Hernan Cortes, renowned opera singer Adelina Patti, and more. You can find the full plot summary from the press release for the book below.
Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn’t commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus — a device that lets users explore the genetic memories buried within their own DNA. The experience brings Owen more than he bargained for. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of an ancient and powerful relic long considered legend — the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact — the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It soon becomes clear to Owen that the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.
Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers enter a simulation of memories they all share within their DNA: the 1863 draft riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the gritty streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.
You can also see some art from the book, including its full cover, below.