Assassin's Creed 3 is Ubisoft's most pre-ordered game ever

Assassin's Creed 3 hasn't yet arrived, but Ubisoft already claims its trip through the American Revolutionary has garnered the highest number of pre-orders for the company so far. We don't know any hard numbers at this point, save for the fact that AC3 has over double the pre-orders of last year's Assassin's Creed: Revelations, with a few days to go before launch at the end of the month.

GameStop is predictably thrilled: Company president Tony Bartel is practically climbing trees with excitement in the press release below. Ubisoft also says the Assassin's Creed series has sold over 40 million games worldwide, and it expects the official number 3 to add to that total significantly. Wherever the series is going, it certainly isn't down.
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ASSASSIN'S CREED® III BREAKS UBISOFT PRE-ORDER RECORD

SAN FRANCISCO - October 25, 2012 -Today, Ubisoft® announced that Assassin's Creed® III is the most pre-ordered game in the company's history. Pre-orders of Assassin's Creed III already have more than doubled those of last year's Assassin's Creed Revelations®, Ubisoft's previous pre-order record holder.

With more than 40 awards won since its announcement such as Best E3 Action Game from both Game Informer and IGN, Assassin's Creed III, will be available on October 30 on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, November 18 for Wii U™ and November 20 on Windows® PC.

"Pre-orders for Assassin's Creed III at GameStop are nearly 100% higher than last year, putting the game on track to be one of the top titles of 2012," said Tony Bartel, president of GameStop. "In addition, Ubisoft is offering high quality DLC available at launch to bring even more excitement to this title."

Assassin's Creed III is the next installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise, which has already sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Players will step into the boots of a new hero, Connor. Set during the American Revolution in the late 18th century the Assassin will battle for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date.

"Assassin's Creed III is one of the most anticipated games of the year and this impressive pre-order mark is just a hint of the game's potential," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales & marketing, Ubisoft. "When players discover the new features, historical period, characters and gaming experience that the development team has worked so hard to create, we're confident that they will agree that this is the biggest, best Assassin's Creed game yet."

Customers still have time to place their pre-orders and benefit from a number of exciting deals, including the Assassin's Creed III Season Pass, featuring "The Tyranny of King Washington," an all-new single-player campaign told through three episodic content packs that lets gamers experience an alternate history of the events following the American Revolution. In addition to this all-new single player experience, Assassin's Creed III downloadable content will feature new maps and characters for an even more expansive multiplayer experience.

Assassin's Creed III Season Pass will be available for purchase for 2400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $29.99 on the PlayStationNetwork. It can be pre-ordered at GameStop and Best Buy and is available at UBIShop® by visiting: http://shop.ubi.com/assassinscreed3. The Assassin's Creed III Season Pass releases within six months after the game launch at a 25% savings over the individual pack prices. Also, Season Pass owners will have access to the first downloadable content pack one week before other gamers. All Assassin's Creed III Downloadable Content will also be available for the Wii U.

For more information on Assassin's Creed, please visit the official Web site at www.assassinscreed.com or facebook.com/assassinscreed.

About Assassin's Creed III:
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin's Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Gamers become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date.

Assassin's Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier and bustling colonial towns to the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington's Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army and the tumultuous high seas. Assassin's Creed III will feature unprecedented scope and scale.

About Assassin's Creed:
Initially launched in 2007, the first four Assassin's Creed games have sold more than 38 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin's Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, Facebook games, novels, short films and more.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011-12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of € 1.061 billion. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.