Aconyte Books, Ubisoft Join Forces for Publishing

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

September 25, 2020

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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.

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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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