Assassin's Creed II: Over 8 Million Sold
Maybe nobody thought Assassin's Creed II could compete on a sales level with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which launched at just about the same time in late 2009.
But Ubisoft has always been confident and their sales estimates for the stellar sequel have been very high. And those estimates are starting to look more accurate because during the publisher's fiscal year 09/10 Q3 conference call yesterday, we have learned that Assassin's Creed II managed to sell nearly 8 million copies before the turn of the new year. That's a gigantic number and well-deserved for one of the best titles of 2009, and we're now hearing that a third installment might actually be ready to go for the 2010 holiday season. It features the return of Ezio and Ubisoft has said it's a true-blue follow-up to ACII, so that's good news. Also, if you haven't jumped aboard the bandwagon just yet, you should know that the first piece of downloadable content - "Battle of Forli" - is now available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace. It opens up more of the game and adds a great deal of gameplay, so now would be a great time to nab ACII and push that large sales number even higher. A second piece of DLC will drop next month.
We just hope they're not rushing things by trying to put out the third entry in the new franchise so early. ACII was an definite gem and even downright memorable; let's not lose that just 'cuz you want to sell another 8 million ASAP.
2/10/2010 10:51:00 AM Ben Dutka