Assassin’s Creed III ships 12 million

Ubisoft has revealed that Assassin’s Creed III shipped over 12 million copies in 2012 following its release last October.

The French publisher confirmed that the figure accounts for nearly a 70 per cent increase over 2011’s Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

Elsewhere, Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 3 shipped 4.5 million units, while Just Dance 4 shipped nearly eight million copies.

The company posted sales of €802 million for the quarter October – December 2012, marking an increase of 23 per cent year-on-year.

"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," said Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot. "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 confirmed that it will release a brand new Assassin’s Creed game in FY2014, featuring a new hero and setting.