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Ubisoft Has Dispatched 73 Million Assassin's Creed Games Since 2007

Posted by Damien McFerran

Just Dance franchise has shifted an impressive 48 million, too

Ubisoft is a company with plenty of history behind it — it was founded way back in 1986 — but surprisingly its most popular franchises have only come recently.

The French publisher has recently revealed sales figures for its key titles, with Assassin's Creed topping the list at an incredible 73 million — an amazing achievement when you consider that it only began in 2007. The series has spanned a wide range of formats, with recent entries Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag hitting the Wii U.

The Just Dance franchise is in second place with a cool 48 million units retailed — the majority of which will surely have been sold on the Nintendo Wii.

Further down the list, Tom Clancy's titles have sold 81 million copies over three different franchises, and the Rayman series has achieved lifetime sales of 25 million.

Here's the full list:

  • Assassin's Creed: 73 million
  • Just Dance: 48 million
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: 30 million
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: 26 million
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: 25 million
  • Petz: 24 million
  • Rayman: 25 million
  • Imagine: 21 million
  • Prince of Persia: 20 million
  • Driver: 19 million
  • Far Cry: 18 million
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids: 14 million
  • The Settlers: 10 million
  • The Experience: 9 million
  • Anno: 5 million

Do any of those figures surprise you? Were you expecting veteran franchises like Prince of Persia and Far Cry to rank higher? Let us know by posting a comment below.


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User Comments (18)



Peach64 said:

Incredible figures, and demonstrates why they're not bothered about 'angering' the Wii U fan base. Nintendo fans contribute a practically meaningless percentage of sales in their core gamer titles, while the millions that buy Just Dance on Wii aren't checking sites like this, so won't be put off by Ubisoft delaying Wii U versions of Watch Dogs for example.

I'm a bit surprised by the Driver series sales figures, as while the first two were big deals, it's been in GTA's shadow for almost 15 years now.



unrandomsam said:

Many of those numbers are chosen I think to be deliberately misleading. Ubisoft has everything available for 1/4 of RRP (Console or PC versions) within less than 3 months most of the time.

If they wanted to give an accurate picture they wouldn't have grouped it like that. (Even something like Just Dance someone paying £7 shouldn't count the same as buying the newest at full price).



MJKOP said:

The Experience at nine million, pretty good that only began with Michael Jackson when he passed, 2009, unless I'm mistaken? I of course contributed to it's sales lol



outburst said:

The Prince of Persia is my favorite among the list. I've never touched the Assassin's Creed franchise although the first Assassin's Creed game was originally developed to be a Prince of Persia game.



withoutdk said:

The Settlers... i love it :) but i also enjoy my AC black flag buccaneer edition that i got for 20£ :D



sketchturner said:

I am surprised that Just Dance hasn't sold more than Assassin's Creed since it has a broader appeal. Nintendo could probably learn a lesson from this... "Blue Ocean" strategy is successful but doesn't necessarily trump appealing to core gamers.



Than64 said:

I have recently began obsessing like an idiot over the Assassin's Creed games. I watched my brother play them for years and they didn't appeal. Only in playing for myself did I begin to appreciate them.



audiobrainiac said:

Dang i still need to get Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Blacklist. Wish they'd release Prince of Persia Sands of Time HD for Wii U. I used to love playing that game.



arkady77 said:

better not be including the first Far Cry in that figure, as Crytek built that masterpiece. all Ubisoft did was ruin that franchise



antipop621 said:

Ubisoft will dispatch 73 million Assassin's Creed sequels. Making it hard for me to keep up with the series



Dark-Link73 said:

Rayman sales are a big shocking to me. That franchise it's been out for almost 20 years. I was expecting higher sales than that



anders190 said:

I for one actually think that the Far Cry-series just have gotten better since Ubisoft took over. Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon being the best ones. Far Cry 2 and the portrayal of the horrors happening in parts of Africa (and probably being the only game that has done it) deserves a mention too. The first Far Cry was unbelievable beautiful ten years ago but hasn't aged too well IMHO.

Also, I think that the first Far Cry fit better with the Crysis-series than Far Cry. Considering the contents and themes of the series.

Most Rayman-games haven't been exactly good. Rayman Origins and Legends being the better of them obviously. :)



midnafanboy said:

Is sad for me that ubisoft is never going to touch these franchises again expect assassins creed and just dance. Still waiting for brothers in arms furious 4 ubisoft or the sequel to beyond good evil that you promised a long time ago.



arkady77 said:


well, thats a thoughtful take on the progression of F.C. i'm glad you didnt say FC2&3 have heaps more doodads
here is my version;
Far Cry (on p.c, as xbox and wii versions are very different) is a fully modeled battlespace that rewards patience and tactics. coming out at roughly the same time as Doom3, which held the hand of gamers through a carefully (though underwhelming) series of scripted events, as if the gamer was incapable of making decisions. or the gfx engine would panic and crawl into a little ball perhaps. the real beauty of Far Cry was its openness and multitude of approaches to achieving objectives. scope the battlespace and plan accordingly. I might also add i hate save-scumming and am a big fan of checkpoints (they save me from my bad habits).
FC2 and 3 seem intent on telling me a story i have zero interest in, and encouraging loot whoring. the intent behind the story of FC2&3 is admirable but i feel it was handled in an amateurish fashion. the commitee that writes these high concept pulp fictions make money the likes of which Joseph Conrad never saw, and make me feel that for all the rhetoric, games are not art when they mimic conventional narratives.
The story in games is the gameplay. something which for all its childish gi joe ness the first Far Cry delivers. unfortunately the crysis games seem to have retreated from that and are tech demonstrations first and foremost. still fun though, although they do make me feel i am playing a teenagers idiot fantasy.



luke88 said:

I try to like assassin's creed, bought 3 and 4 for wii u, but I just find it boring. Sailing was pretty fun but god those modern world sections: surely one of the worst ideas of all time. Did anyone enjoy those sections?

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