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Assassin’s Creed III sales top 7 million

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The shift to the American Revolution has been a good one for the Assassin's Creed franchise.

The latest game in the series, which features a new setting and a new Native American protagonist, has sold more than 7 million copies in its first month on shelves, Ubisoft announced on Wednesday.

That makes it the fastest selling game in the company's history. For comparison, last year's Assassin's Creed: Revelations didn't even ship 7 million copies until roughly three months after its release.

Assassin's Creed III was the most pre-ordered game in the company's history, though, more than doubling pre-orders for previous record-holder Revelations. That led to first week sales of 3.5 million.

"The reception for Assassin's Creed III has been exceptional, and this success has positioned the game among the best sellers of the 2012 holiday season" said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "We knew we had something special on our hands when Assassin's Creed III was launched, and we're really excited and proud to see how much fans are enjoying the latest installment in the franchise."

Critics had somewhat mixed feelings about the massive action game, however. It's earned a somewhat disappointing 84 rating on Metacritic, a lower score than many had expected from a Game of the Year contender. Iffy controls and some questionable design decisions led most gripes, though everyone seemed to agree that the new historical era was a breath of fresh air for the franchise.

As with Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, no sales/brag announcement is complete without some eye popping online statistics. To date, Assassin's Creed III players have put in over 82 centuries of gaming time. They're a stabby bunch, too, having committed over 3 billion in-game assassinations.

Online interest in the game seems to be picking up as well. Ubisoft says more than twice as many players have joined the game's multiplayer mode compared to Revelations. There have been some 5 billion multiplayer sessions so far with over 250 million assassinations.

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