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Assassin’s Creed 3 shipped more than 12 million units in 2012 following its launch on October 31, Ubisoft has announced.
The publisher says this figure represents almost a 70 per cent increase over that of Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
In addition, Far Cry 3 shipped 4.5 million units and finished 2012 as the highest-rated shooter for Xbox 360. There was also continued success for the Just Dance franchise, with Just Dance 4 shipping nearly eight million units.
All this helped Ubisoft report third quarter (October-December 2012) sales of â‚¬802 million, up 23 per cent compared with the â‚¬652 million recorded for the same period of 2011-12.
“Fiscal 2012-13 is a real turning point for Ubisoft. Our performance fully validates our long-term choices and the large-scale investments we have been undertaking for several years now, with a sharp ramp-up in games for core gamers and notably our strong comeback into the major segment of shooter games,” commented Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer. “Assassin’s Creed 3 has reported record-breaking sales of over 12 million units and year after year is marking its position as one of the industry’s major franchises.
“We have also re-established Far Cry as one of the major pillars of our offering for core gamers, with Far Cry 3 the highest rated shooter of 2012 for Xbox 360 and winning the Gamespot People’s Choice Game of the Year award. We now have greater visibility in terms of future revenue and profitability for this franchise.
“Thanks to these successes and the ongoing solid performance for Just Dance, Ubisoft’s market share has topped 11% for the first time in both the United States and Europe.”
Ubisoft didn’t mention Wii U launch title ZombiU, but the publisher did reveal that Wii U sales accounted for four per cent of its sales in the quarter.
Source: Press release