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Ubisoft has conservative expectations for Assassin’s Creed IV

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Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed game, Black Flag, is out this year – and will be releasing on current as well as next gen systems. Despite that, Ubisoft doesn’t think it’ll sell as well as Assassin’s Creed 3.

Speaking to investors, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot said the company is reigning in its expectations for the pirate-themed prequel.

“To come back to Assassin’s Creed 4, in our numbers we have… we expect less than last year,” he said in the call, according to Gamespot.

It would be difficult to match AC3’s numbers. the game has to date sold a record-breaking 12 and a half million copies. Perhaps they’ve realised that with annual releases, the Assassin’s Creed name is wearing a little thin, or perhaps they know that of those copies sold, a great number of them left gamers feeling disappointed. I, for one, did not like Assassin’s Creed 3 very much.

Still, they are going to remain hopeful – and will be doing all they can to make sure that Black Flag achieves the milestones set by Connor’s disjointed adventure.

“We are actually pushing to achieve more than last year because we think the pirate segment is a great segment that can generate a lot more on a worldwide basis than what was achieved last year,” Guillemot said.

“But we wanted to be prudent on our expectations so that it can probably be a bonus if it comes.”

Assassin’s Creed 4 will release in November for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PC and even the Wii U. While AC3 pretty much made me swear of the series, I have to admit to being intrigued enough by the prospect of being a golden-age pirate to give it a chance. I’d probably be more excited about it had it been done as a new IP though.

What about you? are you excited for Black Flag?

Last Updated: May 16, 2013

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