Assassin’s Creed III First Week Sales Estimated At Over 3.5 Million

By Ishaan . November 6, 2012 . 12:30pm

Ubisoft expect to achieve a record second-half performance for their ongoing fiscal year, chairman and CEO, Yves Guillemot, said today. This is owing to a strong slate of upcoming titles across various consoles.


“First-week sell-through sales for Assassin’s Creed III are estimated at over 3.5 million units, representing a year-over-year increase of more than 100 percent,” Guillemot revealed. “Just Dance 4 is performing in line with our expectations and Far Cry 3 has achieved among the best playtest scores in Ubisoft’s history, confirming the game’s outstanding quality.”


Ubisoft also expect a strong launch for their early titles on Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console, such as ZombiU and Rayman Legends.


Finally, Ubisoft feel that momentum will be further buoyed “by the trends in the online and digital segments”. The company revealed that they were the #4 independent publisher in the United States for the first nine months of 2012 with 6.4% of the total market share. In Europe, they were #3 with 6.9% of the total market share.


Due to strong performance, Ubisoft have revised their sales and operating income estimates for the full fiscal year.


The company’s sales forecast has increased to €1,200 million – €1,260 million (previously: €1,160 million – €1,200 million). Meanwhile, the operating income forecast is now at €70 million – €100 million (previously: €70 million – €90 million).

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  • Domii

    Wonder how much AC3:liberation sold.

    • xavier axol

      yeah i wanna know too, it wasn’t the AAA title i though it could have been (seeing how the character and the setting of the game would make for an awesome story telling) living as aveline, but it’s still a great game that i would recomend buying. it’s the best assassin’s creed game on any handheld device and it doesn’t lose anything in trying to recreated the assassin’s creed console experince.

    • Hidayat246

      Ready for dissapointend

      • any proof of that(actual figures) or just trolling?

        • Hidayat246

          is just a joke dont take to serious

  • I’m enjoying ACIII to death. Some bugs here and there, but nothing game breaking and they’re mostly fun to look at. Hopefully a patch is on the way.

    Never played the Far Cry games, but the new one got me really interested. We’ll see. Go Ubisoft!

    • RaikageV

      I enjoyed playing it too but I am also disappointed. The story was just sooo short and I didn’t felt the assassin spirit that AC1 and especially AC2 had.

      • yoUNg_grOUp568

        Same here. The story wasn’t all that interesting like the other games. 

        •  I always thought the story was pretty weak in the earlier games as well (particularly the 2nd one…)  It’s more about the world immersion imo.

    • colorblindnightmare

      I still love ACIII despite the short story and glitches. I mostly wish they would have developed the story more, as well make conner a little more interesting (as a warrior he’s top tier, as a human being he’s so grey it makes me think he’s just a part of my poor color inept brain. So gray)

  • Göran Isacson

    Makes one wonder, is the game seeing such sales because of how it’s (at least as far as I know) supposed to be the grand finale? And if so, will the inevitable other games that come out after it trickle down in sales as their big, originally intended storyline has already been resolved? Or will it continue to sell and sell no matter how silly the plot gets? (Ezio clones in modern times have teamed up… TO ASSASSINATE THE TIMETRAVELLING ALIENS OUT TO MURDER ABRAHAM LINCOLN etc).

  • SirRichard

    I’m kind of worried by that sales figure; ACIII was a massive letdown in almost every way in my experience (two years in a row the big AAA I was focused on slipped up, I think I’ve learned my lesson), and a good part of it is that the game was obviously rushed out before the other AAA hitters and the Christmas rush, and probably also because of the story’s reliance on the December 21st thing.

    I don’t think Assassin’s Creed is the sort of thing you get right on an annual basis, at least not without doing as Activision does and dedicating multiple studios to multiple titles, but with these sales figures and the series having established itself as a big hitter, I’m worried Ubisoft are going to push it. I know not everyone can afford the luxury of time like, say, Rockstar can, but sandbox games need it more than any other. There’s also the issue of burning out, which I think I kind of have for the series.

  • Jirin

    My only complaint about AC3 so far besides the bugs is the musket combat.

    Musket combat sucks.  It’s boring and control is awkward.  It just sucks.  Enemies just stand still doing nothing on rooftops waiting for you to reload and shoot them.  They make no attempt at cover, they don’t shoot very fast at all.  So they don’t have realistic combat tactics, but the one thing they do realistically is the reload time.  I feel like I’m shooting ducks at a county fair, only with reload time.

    For musket combat to work it would have needed cover mechanics.

  • idofgrahf

    It was a letdown from ACII. MC was not as fun as Ezio but that’s not the main issue: short story, lots and lots of bugs, frame rate problems just to name a few. Some of the stuff felt tacked on just for more content and the whole game felt rushed, it needed at least another half a year of polish.

  • Guess releasing the next proper (i.e. numbered and actually improved, albeit with all stealth ditched) AC game set in the American revolution close to the election of the next (old ^^) president did pay off XD.

  • colorblindnightmare

    This is not surprising to me. Far cry is a greats eries and the 3rd entry does have my appetite quite whet. Also ACIII is a very good game (albeit some stupid technical issues). Still, i like Ubi and the fact that they take things in new directions. Also cannot wait for more details about Watchdogs.

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