Assassin’s Creed III ships 12.5 million

Assassin’s Creed III has shipped 12.5 million units worldwide, Ubisoft announced during its latest financial briefing overnight.

The latest entry in the historical action-adventure franchise was released in October 2012, and introduced a brand new protagonist and setting following three titles set in the Italian Renaissance.

However, for the next title, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the French publisher doesn’t expect the game to match ACIII’s performance at retail.

Ubisoft big cheese Yves Guillemot told GameSpot: “To come back to Assassin’s Creed 4, in our numbers we have…we expect less than last year.”

"We are actually pushing to achieve more than last year because we think the pirate segment is a great segment that can generate a lot more on a worldwide basis than what was achieved last year," he explained. "But we wanted to be prudent on our expectations so that it can probably be a bonus if it comes."

Of course, Ubisoft is gearing up for another big launch later this year in the shape of Watch Dogs, the new sandbox sci-fi actioner developed by the company’s Montreal studio.

Despite this, Ubisoft recently cemented its faith in the Assassin’s Creed brand and reckons the series still has plenty of room to grow.