The novel was released on 31 March 2019 by Newstar Press in China. The French version published by Mana Books was released on 1 October 2020. The English version by Aconyte Books was released on 1 June 2021.
The Ming dynasty becomes a battleground for the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of the Templars in this blockbuster action novel from a previously unexplored part of the beloved Assassin's Creed universe.
China, 16th century. The Assassins are gone. Zhang Yong, the relentless leader of the Eight Tigers, took advantage of the emperor's death to eliminate all his opponents, and now the Templars hold all the power. Shao Jun, the last representative of her clan, barely escapes death and has no choice but to flee her homeland. Vowing to avenge her former brothers in arms, she travels to Europe to train with the legendary Ezio Auditore. When she returns to the Middle Kingdom, her saber and her determination alone will not be enough to eliminate Zhang Yong: she will have to surround herself with allies and walk in the shadows to defeat the Eight Tigers.
On 22 February 2021, through marketing of the English translation, it was revealed through a press release by Aconyte Books and Ubisoft that The Ming Storm was the first novel of a non-canon trilogy starring Shao Jun. The English version is being translated by Nikki Kopelman. On 21 April 2021, Head of Assassin's Creed content Aymar Azaïzia confirmed once again that The Ming Storm was non-canon.
- Smith, Anjuli (23 April 2021). ACONYTE BOOKS & UBISOFT® COLLABORATE TO CREATE NEW ADVENTURE NOVELS FROM THE WORLDS OF ASSASSIN’S CREED®. Aconyte Books. Archived from the original on April 23, 2021. Retrieved on April 23, 2021. "The first fruits of the new deal will be the publication of The Ming Storm this June. The novel is the opening volume of an exciting trilogy set in 16th century China, featuring young assassin Shao Jun."
- Bilibili — “风尘之惊，芸归中国”《刺客信条：大明风云》新书发布会即将启幕 (Chinese)
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- Aconyte Books. Aconyte & Ubisoft collaborate to bring you Assassin’s Creed: The Ming Storm!. Archived from the original on February 22, 2021. Retrieved on February 22, 2021. "We are really proud to be able to bring this original trilogy to English readers worldwide through Aconyte. Although the content is not set in the continuity of the main storyline, you will find a great authentic Assassin’s Creed story. Enjoy the ride!"