Assassin's Creed III sells 7 million

Stealth-action game notches new sales milestone, becoming Ubisoft's fastest-selling game ever.

Assassin's Creed III has sold 7 million units since launch, becoming Ubisoft's fastest-selling game in history, the company announced today. The stealth-action game launched October 30 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and sold 3.5 million units during its first week.

Assassin's Creed III released on Wii U November 18 and came to PC November 20.

In addition to announcing new worldwide sales figures for Assassin's Creed III, Ubisoft also broke down in-game statistics. In single-player missions alone, players have tallied more than 82 centuries of game time, performing in excess of 3 billion assassinations along the way.

Multiplayer for Assassin's Creed III was also a bright spot. Ubisoft said Assassin's Creed III attracted more than double the number of players compared to Assassin's Creed: Revelations. In addition, players have performed over 250 million assassinations in more than 5 billion multiplayer sessions since launch.

For more on Assassin's Creed III, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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petez34
petez34

Easily the worst AC to date. Please UBI, return to assassin's roots not this latest piece of garbage. Here's some advice for you, avoid so many damn cutscenes. At one point I thought I was playing The Walking Dead! Quite honestly a joke of a game. Take your time and make a coherent story. And forget about multiplayer, it's just diverting attention from the true focus....the plot.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

This is why tacking on a multiplayer mode or online aspect hoping to prevent resale, or making extra money through dlc---

Rushes the final product and gives us lean, weak, unsatisfying endings.

Agree with many 3 hours of intro - rushed ending to make sure some kind of online aspect is there.  Weakens the game. 

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I just finished AC3, and they did a Mass Effect 3 on it.  I will NOT be buying any more AC games.  Ubisoft, you just lost my money, you idiots.  I want my money back, you a**holes.  I was looking forward to the Civil War next, and you killed the series deader than a vampire on the surface of the sun.  You will NOT get any more of my money for that piece of s**t  series.  How could you do that to such a great story?  HOW?!?!?  Bunch of morons.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Bookmark this article in case you're wondering why there's another Assassin's Creed game out around this time next year.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Good game deserves to do well like it apparently is doing. i have it on 360 really enjoyed my play through the multiplayer is good too

asifah30
asifah30

I've no doubt about the AC series sales but I really wanted Far Cry 3 to be sold out in high numbers (which eventually make Ubisoft for Far Cry 4 or FC3 sequel).

AlexFili
AlexFili

I am proud to say I'm one of the 7 million. I personally love AC3 very much, and while I'm more of an "urban child", I love the forest area and the hunting mechanics. I've always wanted a well-made hunting game, and here it is. So much for those Cabala Big Hunt games. This is all you ever need.

gametradersf
gametradersf

So does heavy marketing helps in the sales of AC3? Seems like it is working. Wonder what is the customer acquisition cost like. @gametradersf 

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

AC3 has the best characters, settings and actual content to date. Too bad its console versions were really, really bugged and barely ran at 25-30 FPS. On PC though, I'm totally rediscovering the game as it was meant to be experienced.

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

AC3 was mediocre at best. AC series has always been a day one purchase for me, but after AC3 I will be picking up future titles in the bargain bin, if at all.

Nebojse
Nebojse

it would be nice to throw a boomerang as a new weapon!?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Well, I guess that means we will continue seeing AC games on an annual basis... yay. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed 1 and 2 and do plan on buying 3... someday. But I personally find that knowing a game exists before it has even been announced makes this industry a little bit predictable and dull.

 

I think that is why Nintendo is getting a lot of stick at the moment. They were always known for being unpredictable with their game ideas but in the last few years, not so much. They are still bloody good fun and I love NSMBU. They are just not as... original, as they used to be. But the same goes for pretty much all but indie developers these days.   

EmphaZima
EmphaZima

Does anybody know how many aerial beaver assassinations there have been overall?

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Fantastic news! Ubisoft will now be able to buy a piece of bread and a plate with warm soup for the Christmas...You guys are wonderful! You gave little Ubisoft so much happiness. This is the Christmas spirit.

Borrizee
Borrizee

I always like these numbers,it's almost the entire population of my country buying a game. That said its not because something sells good it is good(not saying AC3 is not good)just think about bieber and spears. Lol

horiah
horiah

I still don't understand how  players have performed 250 million assassinations in 5 billion sessions.  This means 1 assasination in every 20 multiplayer session.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

Awesome news! I bought it through the Amazon for a great Gold box as $33. Thank my god that I already saved a few bucks in my pocket.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not surprised at all. It's become one of the most popular franchises of this gen...err, I mean last gen.

bicelis
bicelis

Bring back the stealth aspects. Bring back low profile double assassinations. Taking out a fort stealthily is practically impossible without being spotted at least once or twice. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

Bravo AC bravo i just orded the first four on amazon so am get you next year when you cheap 

TaintedMindz
TaintedMindz

So when is Call of Creed 4 coming out. I jest, I jest :).. Anyways just got the game for free when I purchased a graphic card, might play it this weekend. Pretty big numbers though, even for AC.

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

AC 2>BrotherHood>AC>revelations>ACIII.

StinkB
StinkB

Excellent game, enjoying taking my time exploring the world, and after I'm done with ACIII I can move on to Far Cry 3. Cheers Ubisoft :)

NTM23
NTM23

For as superb as the previous games could get, this game was very disappointing in the fact that it never really reached the heights of the highs from the previous entries. I think anyone that wants to buy this game should resist and just rent it to get through, 'cause after you're disappointed with its story, you'll find very little reason to come back to the game.

 

I myself hate bashing the game, because I love Assassin's Creed, I think it's one of the greatest IP's this generation, but AC3 just wasn't that good. There are some interesting and saddening moments in the story, but only early on, and the music was good for the most part. The voice work was also good, but not entirely exceptional considering how well voice work can be now in games. I would go into the details of why it's not great, but there's too much to say.

 

Don't buy this game, rent it. If you like it after you beat it, then think about buying it, but I really think it's only worth a rent for those that are invested in the series so far. I hope if or when they make a new one, its amazing. I guess as an individual example to say what's not great about this game, though not exactly new for those that have been listening and reading about the game, the ending is very much "meh" at first, and then it quickly goes to "Wow... that was kind of shit. Alright, next game."

 

It's so mediocre you probably won't even want to think about the entire game after you're done with it, but move onto the next game you've been wanting to play.

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

 @jenovaschilld 100%  wrong, Multi-player was made by a separate team, this game was worked on for 3 years so I doubt the story was rushed, The ending wasn't really an ending, It was basically sayin' that there is more on the adventures of Connor. Not every ending has to be dramatic.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

 @AlexFili There's something oddly satisfying about running through the trees before leaping ten metres to the ground to impale your unsuspecting prey--probably a rabbit.

AlexFili
AlexFili

 @gametradersf  @gametradersf I didn't see a gigantic amount of marketting in the UK compared to previous games, but then there were a TON of games coming out at the same time. Obviously didn't hurt sales!

rileypoole1234
rileypoole1234

 @Fandango_Letho Same here. The PC version is light years ahead of the console version just by the fact that it runs smoothly.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

 @Nebojse Just give us a Ty the Tazmanian Tiger outfit while we're at it? Oh sorry...I got my childhood on your Assassin's Creed.

Frozone007
Frozone007

 @EmphaZima I love how they squeak & try to run with their lil' paws when you chase 'em. AND 200,00XD 

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

 @Borrizee Imma let you finish, but Spears' first album was the GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL--just...nevermind. Not even worth it.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

 @CRAPCOM1926 You think AC1 is better than Revelations or ACIII? You must be mega high, because that game was passable, compared to the rest of the series.

dabomb790
dabomb790

 @CRAPCOM1926 I have to strongly disagree with you bro. AC2 is not better than AC3. Maybe in story, which is entirely subjective but as far as gameplay improvements, variety, and ambition, AC3 beats AC2 by a landslide. The combat feels even more brutal, hard-hitting, and intense than ever. Mapping the ability to counter and to perform all of your defensive maneuvers is ingenious. Plus the game has excellent naval combat that outshines and topples any pirate or action game on the sea that has ever came out. It feels like that can be its own game. And let me not forget to mention the homestead which offers a plethora of content and things to do. Walking around, exploring, and observing that area alone feels like going through a real life simulation of people actually living their lives within the world. I went back to play AC2 and honestly the only mesmerizing aspect about the game is being inside renaissance Italy and going through the story again. Other than AC3 is certainly the pinnacle of the franchise, without question.

Frozone007
Frozone007

 @NTM23 YOU are mediocre, sir, to speak of such a great game in such lowly tones. The Naval combat, homestead alone can beat AC1. I remember how TRULY FRUSTRATING & cumbersome it was to do 4 leap of faiths in each part of the 4-part city. Leap of faiths are STILL awesome but that was overkill. Story was nice (neither great nor shabby). You all love Altair only because he was made a legend in subsequent games (which he WAS :D), and not because of his character alone in AC1. AC2 & Brotherhood had such charm to it that we could all hardly resist. Revelations was good only for the hookblade & bombs, which weren't required as much. And may I add you guys forgot how idiotic & irritating was tower defense? LOL. Of course it had the best ending. But AC3 is by far the supreme king of the whole franchise in terms of graphics, gameplay & setting; if not its own personal story (which is great, but I still favour AC2's story). Cheers!

UltraredM
UltraredM

 @AlexFili  @gametradersf  @gametradersf There was absolute shit tons of marketing in the USA. Lots of mainstream TV channels were airing AC3 commercials. Ubisoft spent by far the most they ever have on marketing for this game--probably millions. They'd be out BIG time if they didn't make millions off of this game.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @rileypoole1234  @Fandango_Letho It is, one of the developers couple of years ago were already developing this game for next gen, like Skyrim. They were really hoping this would be a system launch title - no competition- setting their game at the beginning base. 

Still though fine game. Made me a little motion sick in parts - sure did not keep me from playing. 

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @Simplythebest12. There you have it then.

NTM23
NTM23

 @dabomb790  @CRAPCOM1926 No, AC2 is far better than three, even by now. Although I disagree with crapcom on one thing. To me it goes: Assassin's Creed 2 & Brotherhood equally < Assassin's Creed: Revelations < Assassin's Creed < Assassin's Creed 3. Also, crapcom, you did the 'less than/greater than' sign wrong. You put it as if AC3 was the best, which I don't believe was your intention.

NTM23
NTM23

 @Frozone007 When did I ever mention my love for the original AC when talking about three, or Altair? Hey, I wish I loved Assassin's Creed 3, but to me, it just wasn't great. I didn't come on here to say "Hey! This game fuuuuucking sucks! If you buy it, you're an idiot! What a waste!" No, I simply said I felt severely disappointed in the game. Is the game factually bad, no, but does it do better than other great titles that had the same kind of stuff in it, no. I don't think so. OK, gotta go eat dinner now :P.

NTM23
NTM23

 @IllegallyAwesum  @dabomb790  @CRAPCOM1926 Math was never my strongest, so yes, I was incorrect. I just forgot what I had learned on that. Furthermore, your comment is condescending; not only to me, but to America.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

 @NTM23  @dabomb790  @CRAPCOM1926 I'm sorry, but...was that last bit sarcasm or something? You, sir, managed the comparison signs incorrectly. Just think of it like a mouth, chasing the bigger food. Or, you could look at the corner as a representation of a smaller value and the expanse as representing expanse in value. Please, do manage your mathematics before correcting other people.

bicelis
bicelis

 @NTM23  Actually, you did the less/greater sign wrong. AC2 > AC3 means AC2 is better. Which is quite funny since you even took the time to correct on something he was right in the first place :)

NTM23
NTM23

 @dabomb790  @CRAPCOM1926 Gameplay wise though, I should say that I do think Brotherhood, and then onto Revelations is better, but other than that, I still think two and Brotherhood are equal when all is counted. Three took a backseat to it all, except for the part where you run, the running is better in three 'cause you can't accidentally run off a tall place.

NTM23
NTM23

 @Frozone007 I also want to point out, while I don't get overly angry, or sad that someone disagree's with me so much they express their views in a somewhat hateful manner, such as you did below, but really, I don't appreciate it even so.

 

Don't call me "mediocre" and don't say that you'd like Connor to assassinate me. Those are pathetic things to say to someone, a few ways more than one. I can view those things in a lightly manner, but really, it's those kinds of remarks that should still not be said, certainly over just an opinion.

NTM23
NTM23

 @Frozone007 But isn't that the point of reviews? I'm just doing the same thing, though I'm not saying don't play it, I'm saying first rent it or borrow it. I think it's fair for me to say, don't buy this, just as I think it's OK that you want others to experience and enjoy something that you did.

 

I'm not trying to stop anyone from playing it, I'm simply trying to say, I'm warning others, you may not like the fact that you bought this game, so instead, try it out first. Just because you don't agree with me, it doesn't make me wrong for saying such things. I could be very much correct for some, and very wrong for others.

Frozone007
Frozone007

 @NTM23 Now that's fair criticism! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, you can feel disappointed by AC3 by your own lofty standards. Sure you can, but don't try to discourage others is all I was sayin'. Sure the game was buggy as hell but they patched it to a great extent for the fixes. To each its own, and I'll respect your opinion now that you have explained yourself. I thought it one of the best of 2012, you - not so much; ain't got a problem with that. And I was merely humoring you with the critique. Cheers mate!