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Ubisoft shipments of Assassin's Creed 3 exceed 12M units, Far Cry 3 above 4.5M units

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Ubisoft's total sales for Assassin's Creed 3 have now passed the 12 million mark worldwide, while Far Cry 3 sales are up over 4.5 million units, the French publisher announced today in its third-quarter financial report.

The sales numbers include units shipped to retailers as well as copies sold digitally. Assassin's Creed 3 is available on PlayStation Network and in the Wii U eShop. Over 3.5 million copies of the game were sold during its launch week at the end of October, and in mid-December, Ubisoft announced sales of more than 7 million units worldwide. According to Ubisoft, Far Cry 3 has delivered a "much higher-than-expected" sales performance since its Dec. 4 launch.

Those two games pushed Ubisoft to sales of €802 million ($1.09 billion) for its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2012. The figure — up 23 percent from the same period in 2011 — was just above the high end of the company's guidance for the quarter; in November, Ubisoft announced it expected third-quarter revenues of between €740 million and €800 million.

Sales of digital products increased 143 percent to €55.2 million, led by critically acclaimed titles such as Trials Evolution on Xbox Live Arcade and Rayman Jungle Run on iOS. Revenue from casual games decreased, as Ubisoft expected: The company shipped more than 8 million copies of Just Dance 4, a 16 percent drop "in value terms" from Just Dance 3.

Ubisoft also revised its full-year expectations again — the company is now expecting sales of between €1.24 billion and €1.26 billion for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which ends March 31. The company's previous guidance was between €1.20 billion and €1.26 billion.

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