It looks like publisher Ubisoft’s plan to quell reviews prior to launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity has worked splendidly. This week’s software charts noted that the game has launched to a spot at number 2 overall.
Even better for the company, Assassin’s Creed Unity has sold more units in its first week than Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag did last year. It does help that, this year, the franchise launched simultaneously on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Last year, Black Flag came out with its console versions first and added PC later on. Despite its efforts, however, Assassin’s Creed Unity was not able to topple king Call of Duty.
With a sales decline of 77%, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare remains on the top spot in this week’s charts. This would confirm publisher Activision’s confidence that their franchise can still meet sales expectations, despite analysts predicting otherwise.
Last on the top 3 podium, Halo: The Master Chief Collection does its best to climb high as an Xbox One exclusive. There have been multiplayer worries for this title as well, but just like Assassin’s Creed Unity, fans didn’t wait and picked up the remake in droves.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue, the underling release from Ubisoft, managed to get to number 6 in the charts. This iteration only launched on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. A PC release is yet to follow in 2015.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 had a more meager launch, with a spot at number 8 indicating lower interest for the football franchise. For comparison: Fifa 15 is still at number 4, despite being out for several weeks now.
There’s one more new entry in this week’s charts. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor entered at number 9, holding Destiny at bay.
Assassin’s Creed Unity, as well as the lesser documented Halo remake, make a point about games being “review proof” these days. You can always reach out to us, if you think you should wait a moment, before picking up a launch title.
Source: GFK Charts.