Latest entry in the series estimated to have sold over 3.5-million copies and breaks the record set by Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
The Assassin’s Creed series debuted on current generation consoles in 2007 with the first title and a new icon for the gaming world in the form of Altair. The game received mixed reviews but one could get the feeling that this was an IP that had potential.
Soon after the trailer for the second game followed up what had been an impressive trailer when the first game had been announced. So began a tradition of mind-blowing reveal trailers for each of the Assassin’s Creed games and the E3 trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 upheld that tradition.
The game has gone from strength to strength and despite fans complaining about the annual release model, the series has seen an increase in sales year on year with each new title they release.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations broke the publisher’s record for fastest-selling game in its history, which is quite a feat considering some of the titles the studio has in its portfolio.
According to Yves Guillemot, the CEO of Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed 3 has enjoyed an immensely successful first week of sales. His announcement that the “first-week sell-through sales for Assassin’s Creed 3 are estimated at over 3.5 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of more than 100 per cent,” will be cause for celebration for the publisher as it takes a moment to enjoy its success before getting back to work on the next game in the series.
Just to give everyone a rough estimate of just how much money is being talked about here; if one was to consider the price of the game to be around $50, which it isn’t because it’s still in its first week of release, and multiply that with the number of units sold, the total figure stands at $175,000,000.
And that is just the bare minimum the game earned in terms of revenue. One can expect the sales figures to increase even more around the Holiday Season as well as when the PC and Nintendo Wii U versions release later on.
The Wii U version will be crucial for Ubisoft as it represents a market that every developer wants to capture and releasing a triple-A title such as Assassin’s Creed 3 will do Ubisoft’s bid no harm.
The publisher has been working hard to expand its presence on various platforms with Assassin’s Creed: Liberation releasing on the PlayStation Vita as well. The game has been praised as being a true translation of the series on to the portable front but its review scores have not been as flattering.
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