Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Origins launch sales were double that of the game’s 2015 predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
We initially reported that the game had only just managed to pass Syndicate in terms of launch sales, although it has now emerged that this was only in terms of physical copies moved.
Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot revealed in an earnings call overnight that Origins moved a significant number of digital copies — 35 percent of all sales to be exact.
By comparison, Syndicate’s digital sales only made up 15 percent of overall units moved. As Chart-Track does not take into consideration digital sales, it was thought Origins performed roughly on par with its predecessor.
As a result of the game’s success, Guillemot emphatically declared that the Assassin’s Creed franchise “is officially back.” Buy the man a pint.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is the result of a year-long break for the stealth-action franchise, with only 2D spinoffs seeing the light of day in 2016.
Up until that point, the franchise had been on somewhat of a decline, with Syndicate posting the weakest sales of any title outside of Assassin’s Creed Rogue.
Assassin’s Creed celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, having launched on PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 in November 2007.
Since 2009, we’ve seen a new instalment arrive annually, with the Ezio trilogy — Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations — widely regarded as the series’ peak.
Stay tuned for PSU’s full review of Assassin’s Creed Origins later today.