Assassin’s Creed 3 sells over 12 million as Ubisoft posts bumper financials

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Ubisoft has just posted impressive financials for the third quarter ended December 31st. Assassin’s Creed 3 sold over 12 million during the period, with Far Cry 3 shifting 4.5 million. Ubisoft also sold 8 million units of Just Dance 4.

Sales for Ubisoft’s third quarter came to €802 million, up 23% year-on-year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2012-13, sales totalled €1,081 million. That’s a 20.1% rise on the previous year’s €900 million for the same period. Downloads and DLC sales also earned Ubisoft €55.2 million during the quarter.

The publisher added that it was the number three independent publisher in the United States and Europe during calendar 2012, claiming a market share of 10.7% and 11.2% respectively.

“Our performance fully validates our long-term choices and the large-scale investments we have been undertaking for several years now, with a sharp ramp-up in games for core gamers and notably our strong comeback into the major segment of shooter games,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “Assassin’s Creed 3 has reported record-breaking sales of over 12 million units and year after year is marking its position as one of the industry’s major franchises.”

The strong results have prompted Ubisoft to raise its sales targets for the full financial year to between €1,240-€1,260 million, up from €1,200-€1,260 million previously.