Analyst: Assassin's Creed II Sales Will Continue To Climb
Despite being forced to battle Activision's mammoth Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II still managed to sell over 1.6 million copies in its first week of availability. And that number should keep growing at a significant rate, according to one analyst.
The game that many consider to be the best multiplatform title of 2009 featured all sorts of enhancements and upgrades over the original, so perhaps you'll be one of millions who are expected to pick up ACII before March is over. As reported by IndustryGamers, Stern Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia says the game is "tracking ahead of expectations currently" and instead of slowing sales, things should actually pick up over the next few months. Said Bhatia:
"...we expect the title to sell through close to 8.5M units by March of 2010 (up from prior expectation of 7.5M units). For the December quarter, we have raised our unit expectation from ~5.5 million units to 6.5M units. Recall, the game got off to a slightly slower start due to competion from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but subsequently picked up good momentum."
We certainly have to recommend ACII; it's one of the most rewarding experiences of the generation thus far and if it continues to sell well, it will be a nice addition to Ubisoft's promising first quarter. And although Splinter Cell: Conviction must battle Heavy Rain - both hold February 23 release dates - Ubisoft still expects the latest Sam Fisher adventure to tally big sales as well. ...odd that two stealth-based games can be so popular, huh?
1/12/2010 9:15:10 PM John Shepard