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Assassin's Creed: Dynasty is a manhua first serialized in August 2020 via the Tencent owned online platform AC.QQ in collaboration with Ubisoft, it is also hosted on Bilibili. Written by Xu Xianzhe with art by Zhang Xiao, the manhua is set in 755 during the Tang dynasty, and follows the journey of Li E as he joins the Hidden Ones and eventually becomes a Master Assassin.[1] Aymar Azaïzia, Ubisoft's Transmedia Director, has confirmed the comic's release.[2]

Publisher's summary

It is the High Tang of China, and an ancient war between freedom and order presents itself. In 755 CE, a civil war erupts within the dynasty. With his influence among the Golden Turtles, Jiedushi An Lushan develops a splinter faction, the Yeluohe. To seize leadership, he raises an army and rebels. The court, controlled by the head of the Golden Turtles, Yang Guozhong, has no power to pacify the rebellion. The common people, their world in turmoil, wander the lands as refugees. Assassin Li E forms an alliance with the family of loyal official Yan Zhenqing to resist, hoping to reel back the storm. They ultimately become a generation of Master Assassins, establishing the forerunner of the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins: the Hidden Ones.[3]

Development

Development on the manhua started in 2018,[4] the creative team behind the manhua researched extensively, examining historical facts, customs, human conditions, military equipment, clothing, and even traveled to Xi'an for inspiration. Professor Meng Xianshi was invited to work as a historical consultant on the manhua due to his specialization on the Tang dynasty.[5]

Existence of the manhua was leaked in July 2020 and was officially announced at the 2020 ChinaJoy Ubisoft booth.[6] It was later confirmed by Ubisoft Transmedia Director, Aymar Azaïzia.[7][2] The first chapter was published online on 26 August on the AC.QQ platform and will continue bi-weekly.[4] The manhua is written by Xu Xianzhe and illustrated by Zhang Xiao.[5] Physical volumes and English translations have yet to be announced.

Media

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue
IssueTitlePublication dateTrade paperback
0Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Notice August 16, 2020
TBA
1Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Chapter 1 August 26, 2020
2Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Chapter 2 September 9, 2020
3Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Chapter 3 September 23, 2020
4Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Chapter 4 October 7, 2020
5Assassin's Creed: Dynasty Chapter 5 October 21, 2020

Reception

As of September 2020, Assassin's Creed: Dynasty maintains a score of 9.6 in Tencent Animation APP. It has so far been well-received by Chinese fans of the series for more accurately depicting the culture than the western-made media.[6]

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References

  1. Twitter Access the Animus (@AccessTheAnimus) on Twitter "The comic will be illustrated by Xu Xianzhe and Zhang Xiao and it will be set in 755AD during the Tang Dynasty. The main character will be called 'Li E' and he will be part of the Assassins / Hidden ones. We will follow his path to becoming [sic] Master Assassin during the civil war. pic.twitter.com/QragF7BHbQ pic.twitter.com/QragF7BHbQ pic.twitter.com/QragF7BHbQ" (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Twitter Aymar Azaïzia (@AymarMtl) on Twitter "That's our latest baby! So proud of this one, tons of love and gratitude to the team, all of the talents involved, you are the best! Hupe [sic] thanks to the amazing Mia and @FallaitPas" (screenshot)
  3. 《刺客信条》系列的首部中国原创漫画《刺客信条:王朝》即将上线 (zh). Iyingdi (29-07-2020). Retrieved on August 6, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Twitter Daniel Ahmad (@zhugeex) on Twitter "Now officially confirmed, Assassin's Creed: Dynasty is the next comic from Ubisoft, set in Tang Dynasty China. Has been in development for the past two years. Will be published as an online comic on the New Manhua platform. Published every two weeks from August 26. pic.twitter.com/kR7oA4X50t" (screenshot)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chinese historical background comic "Assassin's Creed: Dynasty" goes live on August 26. DayDayNews (30-07-2020). Retrieved on October 5, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 界面新闻 (17-09-2020). 许先哲创作的《刺客信条》漫画,“中国刺客”的新开始? (zh). Sina. Retrieved on October 6, 2020.
  7. Twitter Access the Animus (@AccessTheAnimus) on Twitter "Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed: Dynasty, an original Chinese comic produced by Ubisoft and New Manhua. It will release on August 26, 2020. pic.twitter.com/kYkDYs4iur pic.twitter.com/kYkDYs4iur pic.twitter.com/kYkDYs4iur" (screenshot)
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