The sixth main Assassin’s Creed title is receiving several tie-in books near its release, including an art book and a novelization.
On October 28, Titan Books will publish The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. As expected from an art book, the release contains concept art spanning across all aspects of the game, ranging from character designs to locale illustrations and more. In addition, the first five-hundred copies of the book will include two exclusive art prints signed by several artists from the game’s development team.
Shortly after the art book’s release, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag will be available for purchase. This novel – written by Oliver Bowden, author of previous Assassin’s Creed novelizations – expands upon the story of the game itself by detailing the life of protagonist Edward Kenway prior to the game’s events, shedding light on how and why he became an Assassin. The book will be published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books on November 7, and in North America on November 26 by Ace Books.
Finally, Piggyback Interactive will publish the official strategy guide for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag alongside the game’s launch. The guide will offer insight from the game’s development team, as well as information about the game’s single-player and multiplayer portions. The book will also come with a map detailing all of the game’s locations.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be released in North America on October 29 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. The game will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at an undisclosed date.