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Aconyte Books, Ubisoft Join Forces for Publishing

Asmodee has unveiled a partnership between its Aconyte leg and Ubisoft.

Asmodee Entertainment has announced that Aconyte, the new fiction imprint of global games group Asmodee, will be publishing “Day Zero,” the prequel novel to the upcoming “Watch Dogs: Legion” game from Ubisoft.

Both Asmodee and Ubisoft are exhibiting at Festival of Licensing, a month-long large-scale digital gathering that unites the global licensing industry to connect, learn, strike deals and do business on an international stage. The event takes place Oct. 6-29. Register for free now!

Set in a darkly dystopian London in the near future, the game and the novel reveal how forces vying to control the nation are opposed by a secretive band of hackers and activists known as DedSec. The novel follows one would-be hacker as he witnesses a murder and is then drawn ever deeper into a conspiracy that threatens the entire city. Steeped in London culture and crammed with action, the novel acts as a direct prequel to the events of “Watch Dogs: Legion.”

The authors of this thriller are James Swallow, a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon No. 1 best-seller with his “Marc Dane” series, as well as bestselling tie-in novels for “Star Trek,” “Warhammer,” “Doctor Who,” and “Deus Ex;” and Josh Reynolds, writer of many action novels for the “Warhammer” range, most recently, Knight of the Blazing Sun, as well as his Daidoji Shin novels for Aconyte. 

As part of its mission to set up new content platforms for both wholly owned and topflight third-party properties, Asmodee Entertainment has announced Aconyte’s plans to produce novels set in the worlds of some of Asmodee’s games and more featuring a host of characters from the Marvel comics universe. The list debuted in early September 2020, with sales and distribution handled by Simon & Schuster.

Day Zero will publish in the U.S. and U.K. as an ebook on Oct. 13 and on trade paperback on Nov. 3 from multiple bookstores and online outlets.

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