CoD didn’t hurt AC:Brotherhood sales, new AC next year

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has sold more than a million copies in Europe in less than a week, making it Ubisoft’s fastest selling title to date in the continent. The entire Assassin’s Creed franchise is said to have sold in excess of 20 million games, with a target of 30 million by the end of 2011. A “fourth game” is due for late next year according to Geoffroy Sardin, chief marketing and sales guy for the region.

While the yearly Call of Duty scares a lot of releases well into Q1 of the next year, Sardin says Black Ops hadn’t hurt chances for Brotherhood. The latest main entry in the Assassin’s Creed saga entered at number 2 in the UK charts in the week of its release. With 60% of players playing the multiplayer mode, more multiplayer DLC is in the pipeline. The first Animus Project DLC is free and scheduled for December 14.

What’s next for the main storyline? Ezio’s role seems played out, but Sardin hints: “If you’ve read the comic books you will see that we took Assassin’s Creed to the USSR, or Caesar’s Rome – that’s a good example of what we could do in the coming years in the next video games.” The key word is example.

A new entry is rumored to be set 200 years later and not to be set mainly in a wartime environment again. That doesn’t stop people from expecting the French Revolution or American Revolution era, because of hints in the game. Perhaps the next game will go to different places because of the many temples they have to find? With the series running up to a December 21, 2012 date in the fiction, and the money it’s generating, I wouldn’t hold my breath for the final game to hit next year.

[AC:Brotherhood sales and future, via MCV]

Maurice Tan