Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Sells 10 Million Copies

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#1 Edited by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -
#2 Posted by freedomfreak (38118 posts) -

Saints Row 4 was by far the best open world game last year.

Still need to finish ACIV.

#3 Edited by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

Saints Row 4 was by far the best open world game last year.

Still need to finish ACIV.

Anything that isn't GTA5 was the best open world game last year.

#4 Posted by Desmonic (12622 posts) -

Still have to buy it :P

But yeah, all dem munnies!!

#5 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

Saints Row 4 was by far the best open world game last year.

Still need to finish ACIV.

Yeah if your perception of good and sense of humor is that of a 12 year old I suppose it would be.

#6 Posted by Zassimick (6136 posts) -

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

#7 Edited by mrintro (1354 posts) -

well it did sell on more platforms (ahem PS4 & X1) and was practically a launch title, so not so surprised. AC3 sold pretty well last year too.

#8 Posted by freedomfreak (38118 posts) -
@Gargus said:

Yeah if your perception of good and sense of humor is that of a 12 year old I suppose it would be.

No. That's where you are wrong. The game is nothing like that. There's some silly stuff in it, but the writing is a lot more clever than having 3 protagonists yell 'fuck' every five seconds.

#9 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million
#10 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16027 posts) -

How well did Rayman and Splinter cell do ?

#11 Edited by Zassimick (6136 posts) -

From IGN, so take it as you will:

Ubisoft today announced its earnings for the third fiscal quarter, and among the highlights are sales figures for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which come in lower than those of Assassin's Creed III during the same span the year prior.

During the company's third quarter, which ended December 31, 2013, Ubisoft reports 10 million copies of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag were sold in. Note that this is not the number of units sold through to consumers, but instead the number sold to retailers.

The game was described as having "excellent momentum," although this number is actually less than the sold-in number for Assassin's Creed III -- 12 million units -- during the same span in 2013. This is despite Black Flag being available on more platforms, thanks to the launch of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, than its predecessor.

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#12 Edited by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k said:

How well did Rayman and Splinter cell do ?

No numbers yet.

#13 Posted by Zassimick (6136 posts) -

@Zassimick said:

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million

Thanks, I'm never sure where to find the information nor have I really had much reason to, only on rare occurrences.

#14 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Zassimick said:

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million

Thanks, I'm never sure where to find the information nor have I really had much reason to, only on rare occurrences.

I just use previous quarterly reports haha

Anyway, it's a remarkably consistently high selling series When it's lowest selling installment sold 7 million units worldwide, you know it's a series that sells well.

#15 Posted by _Matt_ (8741 posts) -

@Zassimick said:

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million

I guess AC IV was never going to sell as many as ACIII, presumably people have become wary of the franchise after the disappointing AC III

#16 Posted by Zassimick (6136 posts) -

@Zassimick said:

Thanks, I'm never sure where to find the information nor have I really had much reason to, only on rare occurrences.

I just use previous quarterly reports haha

Anyway, it's a remarkably consistently high selling series When it's lowest selling installment sold 7 million units worldwide, you know it's a series that sells well.

It really is; can't blame Ubisoft for annualizing the series.

#17 Edited by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@_Matt_ said:

@charizard1605 said:

@Zassimick said:

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million

I guess AC IV was never going to sell as many as ACIII, presumably people have become wary of the franchise after the disappointing AC III

Those AC3 numbers are 15 month, versus Black Flag's numbers, which are 3 month numbers.

#18 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Zassimick said:

Thanks, I'm never sure where to find the information nor have I really had much reason to, only on rare occurrences.

I just use previous quarterly reports haha

Anyway, it's a remarkably consistently high selling series When it's lowest selling installment sold 7 million units worldwide, you know it's a series that sells well.

It really is; can't blame Ubisoft for annualizing the series.

I mean, I'd be pissed, but the games have all usually been very high quality and fun, so I'm not complaining.

#19 Posted by vashkey (33666 posts) -

Considering that it's on at least six different platforms I kind of expected a little more. Personally, after Revelations and III I nearly passed on buying it, but after seeing glowing reviews and a black friday sale for twenty bucks I went it.

I'd say naval combat saved it. The story was definitely more entertaining than the last two as well, but I'd disagree with those saying it's one of the best entires in the series. It's sorta in the middle in my book. I preferred 1, 2 and Brotherhood. But it was better than III, Liberation and Revelations. But it's really only because of the naval combat, story and making the sidequests have a points.

The combat is still awful, the tailing missions are lame and the side missions do become a bit repetitive.

I think people are losing interest. Only like three of my friends got it. Unless they overhaul the gameplay and/or go to a really interesting setting I'm probably skipping the next entry. Going back to the pirate setting wont cut it either.

#20 Posted by nintendoboy16 (25785 posts) -

Well, I'm surely having more fun with it than I did Brotherhood and III (although I like both games *flame shield, especially for the latter*), so it has to be well deserved.

#21 Posted by _Matt_ (8741 posts) -

@_Matt_ said:

@charizard1605 said:

@Zassimick said:

Well deserved. Black Flag was a ton of fun; lacking in the assassins department but otherwise fantastic.

For comparison's sake, what are the sales of previous games in the series?

  • Assassin's Creed: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed II: 9 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: 8 million
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations: 7 million
  • Assassin's Creed III: 12 million
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: 10 million

I guess AC IV was never going to sell as many as ACIII, presumably people have become wary of the franchise after the disappointing AC III

Those AC3 numbers are 15 month, versus Black Flag's numbers, which are 3 month numbers.

Weeeeeell there is that.....

but shhhhh :P

#22 Posted by silversix_ (13536 posts) -

I don't understand how can people enjoy a game in which you hide (underwater stealth...) against sharks (as if sharks could only see you rofl). Ass Creed is dumb.

#23 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16027 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k said:

How well did Rayman and Splinter cell do ?

No numbers yet.

Will they release numbers for those you think ?

I'm hoping they did well too, as the last news about them wasn't too positive.

#24 Edited by vashkey (33666 posts) -

Saints Row 4 was by far the best open world game last year.

Still need to finish ACIV.

I'd have to completely disagree. It was full of bugs, the main quest was really short and the side missions got really repetitive which made up a bulk of the game if you went through doing the loyalty mission stuff. I'd say both GTA V and Assassin's Creed IV were both better but I personally only felt like both were an 8/10

#25 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

I don't understand how can people enjoy a game in which you hide (underwater stealth...) against sharks (as if sharks could only see you rofl). Ass Creed is dumb.

Seriously, play the game, it's great fun, you'll like it.

@R4gn4r0k said:

Will they release numbers for those you think ?

I'm hoping they did well too, as the last news about them wasn't too positive.

The last numbers we have are from their last quarterly report, which was 1 million for Rayman, 1.8 million for Blacklist.

#26 Posted by silversix_ (13536 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

I don't understand how can people enjoy a game in which you hide (underwater stealth...) against sharks (as if sharks could only see you rofl). Ass Creed is dumb.

Seriously, play the game, it's great fun, you'll like it.

I will try to make a friend buy it so he borrows me the game after he's done but i know very well what to expect. Assassinations in this game (and combat in general) is what i cannot stand, shark thingy was just something i fund really dumb.

#27 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@silversix_ said:

I don't understand how can people enjoy a game in which you hide (underwater stealth...) against sharks (as if sharks could only see you rofl). Ass Creed is dumb.

Seriously, play the game, it's great fun, you'll like it.

I will try to make a friend buy it so he borrows me the game after he's done but i know very well what to expect. Assassinations in this game (and combat in general) is what i cannot stand, shark thingy was just something i fund really dumb.

The combat and assassinations are the weakest part, but the game as a whole is just so much fun. The good parts far outstrip the bad ones.

#28 Posted by freedomfreak (38118 posts) -
@vashkey said:

I'd have to completely disagree. It was full of bugs, the main quest was really short and the side missions got really repetitive which made up a bulk of the game if you went through doing the loyalty mission stuff. I'd say both GTA V and Assassin's Creed IV were both better but I personally only felt like both were an 8/10

Honestly, I encountered like 2 bugs. Granted, I didn't play it on launch.

I didn't care much about the repetitiveness considering the powers and weapons were awesome. I was okay with the sidemissions because they weren't the ones from previous games(besides fraud and genki bowl). Always thought most of that sidestuff was more infuriating than fun.

As far as length goes, it took me around 20 hours. That's been the case for every SR game for me.

#29 Edited by finalstar2007 (24848 posts) -

Just two weeks ago i bought the Limited Edition which costs $120 for $45 ( PS3 version ) and i do tend to buy the PS4 upgrade version for $10 so does that mean 2 copies from me? :o

looking forward to playing this game whenever i find a PS4 available :/ .. wont touch the PS3 version

#30 Posted by vashkey (33666 posts) -

@vashkey said:

I'd have to completely disagree. It was full of bugs, the main quest was really short and the side missions got really repetitive which made up a bulk of the game if you went through doing the loyalty mission stuff. I'd say both GTA V and Assassin's Creed IV were both better but I personally only felt like both were an 8/10

Honestly, I encountered like 2 bugs. Granted, I didn't play it on launch.

I didn't care much about the repetitiveness considering the powers and weapons were awesome. I was okay with the sidemissions because they weren't the ones from previous games(besides fraud and genki bowl). Always thought most of that sidestuff was more infuriating than fun.

As far as length goes, it took me around 20 hours. That's been the case for every SR game for me.

I literally had to restart the game around twenty times because of the amount of game breaking bugs I encountered. And that's just the game breaking bugs.

I didn't play the other Saint Row games as much as IV because I only rented them, so I wasn't as familiar with how old or new the missions were, but they still got really repetitive to me half way through the game.

I beat Saints Row IV in about twenty two hours and the loyalty and character side missions had me do pretty much if not every single side activity on the map. There wasn't much left to do in the game after I beat and most of what I did was the side missions because of the loyalty stuff, so very little of it felt like unique scenarios. Probably half my playthrough or less was dedicated to the actual story. Saints Row 3 on the other hand took me nearly thirty hours to beat and I didn't spend much time on the side activities, the game was strong enough to stand on the main story.

Having the character sidequests just be the side missions that were sitting on the map already felt lazy and cheap to me. I would preferred that all their mission be unique and different, otherwise it's just dressing for the side activities.

Personally, I preferred Saints Row 2 and 3 way more to this. It's still a fun game, it would have made for a good sequel to Crackdown, actually. But the amount of bugs I experienced was unacceptable.

#31 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2099 posts) -

Doesn't change the fact that the game sucks just like every other ac after 2.

#32 Posted by Eisen_Howl (83 posts) -

Honestly, I couldn't stand playing this game.

After playing all of the AC games, you just can't help but feel absolutely tired and exhausted with the entire series. Sure, the naval combat was fun and all; but after a while, you're still doing repetitive activities. And oh goodness, the bugs and the crappy A.I. alongside sensitive controls when its comes to "parkour-ing" or trying to be stealth.

A LOT needs to be improved, especially the "level of awareness of the enemy AI" and combat.

Worse part for me is some of the annoying bugs.

The one i encountered the most was that if you try and plunder an enemy ship, and you jump onto the side of the enemy ship and start climbing up onto the ship; enemies would surround you while you climb and attack you - causing you to fall over the ship and swim around onto the side to get on.

Really, just some of these things are just really annoying and has been present in the series since I could remember.

After spending anywhere from 6 - 10 hours, I just had enough of feeling and abandoned it.

Another reason i disliked it was the fact that it wasn't even an Assassin game whatsoever. I get that the series has always been about moving to different historical periods, and i'm well aware of how the story unfolds in second half and how Kenway's character develops and opinion as an assassin changes - but it just didn't cut it for me.

And even after all i said, i'll probably be excited for the next AC game knowing that i always look forward on seeing what new historical period is being brought into the series.

I just wish the game was as exciting as the reveal is.

But in all honesty, i've probably asscreeded myself too much and should probably stay away from the series and give it a rest.

#33 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

Doesn't change the fact that the game sucks just like every other ac after 2.

No it doesn't. Go actually play it.

#34 Posted by RR360DD (11414 posts) -

Well deserved. I actually think Black Flag is about to overtake Brotherhood as my favourite AC game. I just can't stop playing it

#35 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11372 posts) -

Considering the huge hype around AC3, it's not surprising that it was the best-selling game in the franchise.

#36 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

Considering the huge hype around AC3, it's not surprising that it was the best-selling game in the franchise.

AC3 sold that much over fifteen months- that Black Flag number is in just three tracked months.

#37 Edited by Heil68 (42552 posts) -

Very good game. The first AC game that I've ever finished.

#38 Edited by PhazonBlazer (11372 posts) -

@PhazonBlazer said:

Considering the huge hype around AC3, it's not surprising that it was the best-selling game in the franchise.

AC3 sold that much over fifteen months- that Black Flag number is in just three tracked months.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/10/assassins-creed-4-black-flag-sales-reach-10-million

"The game was described as having "excellent momentum," although this number is actually less than the sold-in number for Assassin's Creed III -- 12 million units -- during the same span in 2013."

#39 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@PhazonBlazer said:

Considering the huge hype around AC3, it's not surprising that it was the best-selling game in the franchise.

AC3 sold that much over fifteen months- that Black Flag number is in just three tracked months.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/10/assassins-creed-4-black-flag-sales-reach-10-million

"The game was described as having "excellent momentum," although this number is actually less than the sold-in number for Assassin's Creed III -- 12 million units -- during the same span in 2013."

Ah, alright then

#40 Edited by PhazonBlazer (11372 posts) -

@charizard1605: Don't question me on #Ubisoft related matters, peasant.

#41 Posted by charizard1605 (54313 posts) -
#42 Posted by mbrockway (3345 posts) -

@Gargus said:

Yeah if your perception of good and sense of humor is that of a 12 year old I suppose it would be.

No. That's where you are wrong. The game is nothing like that. There's some silly stuff in it, but the writing is a lot more clever than having 3 protagonists yell 'fuck' every five seconds.

SR4 and SR3 were both awesome. The girl protagonist is especially awesome. She is well written, well acted, and a great strong character. Plus go look up her fangirling over Burt Reynolds on youtube. People who are judging it by SR2's poop cannons just don't get it and have already made up their minds. It also happens to have some of the best controls out of any sandbox game. GTA5 and 4 are both gathering dust somewhere in my closet.

#43 Edited by FoxbatAlpha (5879 posts) -

The first half hour I hated it. I gave it a second chance..........then a third. Now I am hooked. I wasn't in the mood for the same ole AC but the vast freedom overshadows all the repetitive issues that I had. Playing some more soon!

#44 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (6560 posts) -

The first half hour I hated it. I gave it a second chance..........then a third. Now I am hooked. I wasn't in the mood for the same ole AC but the vast freedom overshadows all the repetitive issues that I had. Playing some more soon!

I had completely the opposite experience. I thought taking over the naval forts would never get old, but it does. So does shark/whale hunting, boarding ships and having to blow up powder kegs for no reason at all, repairing your ship mid-battle, and my god, the naval fleet battle mini-game is possibly the worst mini-game I've ever played. Some of the shipwrecks are really cool. Others are really lame. I do like how there are several towns to go see, but once you've seen them, there just isn't much substance.

#45 Edited by StriateEnd (497 posts) -

Ughhh it angers me that I can't play this game until I've finished Brotherhood, Revelations and AC3.

#46 Edited by JangoWuzHere (15917 posts) -

Ughhh it angers me that I can't play this game until I've finished Brotherhood, Revelations and AC3.

If you are playing these games for the story, don't bother. They are terrible and confusing as hell. AC3 took a big dump on the story itself, so it really doesn't matter anymore. AC4 hardly takes the future stuff seriously and is just goofy overall.

I think you should play Brotherhood because its a good game. You can skip Revelations and AC3.

#47 Edited by lundy86_4 (42618 posts) -

Really good game. I'm hoping Ubisoft build on it, instead of cocking it up, much like they did after ACII.

#48 Edited by speedfreak48t5p (6115 posts) -

GTA V > Assassins Creed IV

I'll pick it up in the bargain bin for $10 at Walmart in a couple of months though.

#49 Edited by StrongBlackVine (8403 posts) -

Honestly, I couldn't stand playing this game.

After playing all of the AC games, you just can't help but feel absolutely tired and exhausted with the entire series. Sure, the naval combat was fun and all; but after a while, you're still doing repetitive activities. And oh goodness, the bugs and the crappy A.I. alongside sensitive controls when its comes to "parkour-ing" or trying to be stealth.

A LOT needs to be improved, especially the "level of awareness of the enemy AI" and combat.

Worse part for me is some of the annoying bugs.

The one i encountered the most was that if you try and plunder an enemy ship, and you jump onto the side of the enemy ship and start climbing up onto the ship; enemies would surround you while you climb and attack you - causing you to fall over the ship and swim around onto the side to get on.

Really, just some of these things are just really annoying and has been present in the series since I could remember.

After spending anywhere from 6 - 10 hours, I just had enough of feeling and abandoned it.

Another reason i disliked it was the fact that it wasn't even an Assassin game whatsoever. I get that the series has always been about moving to different historical periods, and i'm well aware of how the story unfolds in second half and how Kenway's character develops and opinion as an assassin changes - but it just didn't cut it for me.

And even after all i said, i'll probably be excited for the next AC game knowing that i always look forward on seeing what new historical period is being brought into the series.

I just wish the game was as exciting as the reveal is.

But in all honesty, i've probably asscreeded myself too much and should probably stay away from the series and give it a rest.

So just you suck a video games. It was really easy to avoid the the enemies that try to knock you of the side of the ship and you call it a bug.

#50 Edited by jsmoke03 (12471 posts) -

thought it was shipped copies, not sold through...well whatever as far as ubisoft goes, its sold