UPDATE: And now there’s a novel trilogy, too.
UPDATE 22/2/21: Just weeks after the announcement of a Shao Jun manga, Assassin’s Creed has revealed the fan favourite will also get her own novel trilogy.
The Ming Storm will be published in the UK on 8th July (and in North America on 1st June) and kick off a trilogy of books featuring the Chinese Assassin.
This story will chronicle how Shao Jun came to travel to Europe and train under Ezio, as seen in the Assassin’s Creed Embers film, before she returns home to China with her new teachings.
Written by Chinese author Yan Lei Sheng, the series will be the first set of Assassin’s Creed novels not to feature a character which has previously fronted a mainline video game in the series.
Is this renewed focus on Shao Jun leading somewhere? Or is Ubisoft simply giving fans more time with Shao Jun outside the world of video games as it already knows its next game post-Valhalla will be set elsewhere?
ORIGINAL STORY 20/1/21: Fan-favourite Assassin’s Creed character Shao Jun will get her own manga, to be released in stores and online on 16th February.
Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun chronicles the latter adventures of the character following her visit to Ezio seen in the short film Assassin’s Creed Embers.
Set in 1526 against the backdrop of a great political purge by Emperor Jiajing, the manga sees Shao Jun work on her own to defeat a mysterious group after the rest of her Brotherhood has been killed.
There’s a modern day element to the story as well, with an ancestor of Shao Jun’s reliving her memories via an Animus device. Both storylines revolve around the hunt for Shao Jun’s mysterious box, which has played a part in various Assassin’s Creed stories.
Shao Jun previously starred in the side-scrolling spin-off game Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and has been referenced various times in other full-fat AC adventures.
Fans are keen for her to get her own proper Assassin’s Creed game at some point. Until then, this may likely fill in some of the gaps of her story.