If it hasn't become clear already, 2010 has been a good year for gaming. With blockbuster titles from StarCraft II, Halo: Reach, and Red Dead Redemption, it's astonishing to think that people still had money left over to pick up a copy of Black Ops, but they did. So the question had to be asked: how many people would still be lining up to buy Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood last Tuesday? It turns out quite a few, since the game saw the best opening week of the series so far.
This will no doubt be fantastic news to Ubisoft, since the early days following the game's announcement were filled with a bit of uncertainty.
Fans were expecting to not hear from Assassin's Creed 3 for some time, and Ubisoft surprised everyone with not ust another game, but what seemed to be mor of a stand-alone title.
The fans seem to have bought into the idea, but the strength of Black Ops still continues to rear its head. While sales for Treyarch's military shooter dropped 85% from launch week, it still relegated Brotherhood to the #2 spot in the UK, according to Chart-Track. It's the second week for Black Ops, and only 63,000 copies separated the two titles.
The full sales numbers for the top ten also feature an appearance from Need For Speed Hot Pursuit at the #3 entry:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- FIFA 11
- Just Dance 2
- Wii Party
- Wii Sports Resort
- Professor Layton and The Lost Future
- Kinect Sports
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
What stands out most about the list (besides the fact that apparently having a colon in the title is good business) is just how far Ubisoft has come with Assasin's Creed. The series has been critically and financially succesful, but it would have been a bold prediction to say that Brotherhood would knock Call of Duty from the #1 spot only one week after its release, and it came close.
We thought the game was good, but results this strong may have been beyond even Ubisoft's hopes. Fans are clearly convinced that Ubisoft is committed to a better experience this time around, and hopefully they'll get what they've been promised. Sales this strong can only mean good things for the team and the series, and if there were any doubts that the changes they've made for Brotherhood will be continued forward, they can be forgotten.
Next week's sales will be interesting to see just how much word of mouth continues to drive sales, but fans of Assassin's Creed can breathe easy, since prospects are good for AC titles in the future.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is available now for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Source: Chart-Track (via Joystiq)