"Assassin's Creed III," the next major installment in Ubisoft's incredibly popular game franchise, is due out this fall. But if you're hankering for some Assassin-Templar war action to tide you over until then, Ubisoft has announced an all new graphic novel, "The Chain." While the book serves as a continuation of the story-arc developed in previous "Creed" comics, it's apparently tied to the next game in some manner, as well.
A couple years ago, Ubisoft teamed up with now-defunct DC imprint Wildstorm to produce a three-issue comic series, "Assassin's Creed: The Fall." The story followed the exploits of Nikolai Orelov, a Russian assassin in the late 19th century. Much like the characters in previous "Creed" videogames, Orelov's tale is seen through the eyes of his modern-day descendent, Daniel Cross.
According to Ubisoft's site, "The Chain" is the next chapter in Orelov and Cross' story.
"Eisner award winners Karl Kerschl and Cameron Stewart return to create the sequel of "Assassin’s Creed The Fall,'" the site reads. "'Assassin’s Creed The Chain' completes the Daniel Cross/Nikolai Orelov narrative arc, but it also sheds a new light on 'Assassin’s Creed III."
How exactly those stories are linked is anyone's guess. "Assassin's Creed III" is set during the American Revolution, focusing on a half-English, half-Native American protagonist. That's a far cry from turn-of-the-century Russia. But I suppose it's entirely possible to join the two worlds in some weird way; this is a franchise about dudes living out their ancestors memories, after all.
"The Chain" is being self-published by UbiWorkshop this go around, and it's currently available for pre-order for $19.99.