The Assassin’s Creed series continues to grow in stature and popularity with each new instalment, with last week seeing the release of two eagerly awaited entries in this historical action-adventure franchise: Assassin’s Creed III for PS3 and Xbox 360, and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita.
Ubisoft has now revealed how those two games fared during their opening week. Sales of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation were off to a solid start with 100 000 physical copies sold during this period, but it was Assassin’s Creed III that came bolting out of the gate with 3 million copies sold during its first week. This is a new opening week record for the franchise, marking a 40 percent increase compared to Assassin’s Creed: Revelations which held the previous record. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations sold 2.15 million units in its opening week, while Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood sold 1.7 million units.
AC III’s first week tally of 3 million was comprised of 1.45 million copies sold in the US, 1.1 million sold in Europe (UK sales were particularly strong), and 0.45 million units sold in other parts of the world. 52% of consumers bought the game on Xbox 360 while 48% purchased the PS3 version.
It will be interesting to see how Assassin’s Creed III fares when it’s released for PC on November 20th in the US and November 23rd in Europe, and for Wii U on November 18th in the US and November 30th in PAL territories.