Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun is an upcoming manga developed by Viz Media in collaboration with Ubisoft. It will tell a new story of Shao Jun – from Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – as they embark on a quest for revenge and seek out a mysterious treasure belonging to the Brotherhood.
The manga will be available on February 16 in both print and digital formats for $14.99. It’s authored by Minoji Kurata, the same person behind the Assassin’s Creed: China manga from 2019, along with several other publications available only in Japan.
“In 1526 CE China, the Great Ming Empire flourished until Emperor Jiajing began a great political purge creating a period of turmoil,” writes Viz Media. “With the Brotherhood eliminated, Shao Jun is the one Assassin that still stands. Returning to her homeland, Shao Jun embarks on a vengeful quest to seek the mysterious box treasure that belongs to the Brotherhood. The mission is dangerous as she must fight against the powerful group known as the Eight Tigers.”
Along the way, Blade of Shao Jun will reveal info about Lisa Huang, Shao Jun’s present-day descendant that’s performing tests on the Animus. Huang is inadvertently helping Dr. Kagami reveal the location of the mysterious treasure box – it’s up to both Shao Jun and Huang to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China received generally positive reviews when it launched in 2015. It was a unique take on the series – offering a 2.5D environment to explore – and told a surprisingly deep story set in 16th century China. Blade of Shao Jun will continue that tradition, offering a unique look at the game’s protagonist.
If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series – or are looking for a break from the gloomy English hillsides in Valhalla – this upcoming manga might be the perfect escape. Viz Media is known for its incredible English adaptations of popular manga, and it looks like Blade of Shao Jun will be another great addition to its lineup.
Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun will be available on February 16.
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