It looks like taking a year between releases is paying off for the Assassin’s Creed series.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has announced that Assassin’s Creed Origins has sold twice as many copies as its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, over the same 10-day launch period.
Perhaps more importantly, Guillemot added that player engagement “is a lot higher than it was in Syndicate,” partly due, in Guillemot’s estimation, to Origins‘ introduction of RPG elements and its increased length.
Guillemot puts a lot of stock into Origins‘ longer development time giving the game a higher quality and, therefore, larger sales numbers. A yearlong break from the series also gives players enough time to forget about the series’ penchant for bugs. Syndicate‘s predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Unity, was a glitch-heavy trash heap when it was first released, and Ubisoft believed that Syndicate‘s sales suffered because of that.
Ubisoft hasn’t released specific sales numbers for Origins, but it’s telling that Origins‘ sales are 35 percent digital, as opposed to Syndicate‘s 15 percent digital sales back in 2015.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is available now for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.