Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag not expected to outsell AC3

Wednesday, 15th May 2013 23:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ubisoft is cautiously forecasting fewer sales of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag than last year’s entry, Assassin’s Creed 3.

Speaking to investors in a post-earnings call today, as reported by Gamespot, CEO Yves Guillemot seemed cagey about the piratical sequel.

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

Although the publisher produced its most recent financial forecasts based on the fourth numbered entry in the series selling less than Assassin’s Creed 3′s 12.5 million units to date, Guillemot admitted he’s hopeful Ubisoft turns out to be wrong.

“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,” he said.

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

Publishers have been cautious with their forecasts moving into FY2014 and FY2015, as the increased costs and turbulence of the console transition are likely to favour a certain level of guardedness rather than wildly optimistic predictions – especially with all the CEO offings in the past few months.

Assassin’s Creed 3 met with mixed reviews and fan reaction. Assassin’s Creed 4 is expected in late October and early November for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360, with next-generation versions expected when the new platforms launch. A new trailer for Black Flag dropped today.



  1. tezzer1985

    I’m sure with the game coming to next-gen, they will sale more units or at least match it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    I hate that stupid ass ‘hood’ outfit now…

    It’s dated soooooo quickly it’s untrue. Even Mario’s ‘Dungarees’ are more fashionable than this. This was a prime target to be made into a new ‘pirate’ themed sandbox style IP for next gen consoles. It never needed the AC name to carry it IMO.

    The outfit looks even more out of place in this setting, a pirate crew would NEVER take orders from a dooshy twat dressed like this.

    Needs more beard, more rotten teeth, more stench, more swagger (pirates invented ‘swagger’), more flaming beard tapers…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Eddie Rodrigues

    @2 Let us take Gordon’s HEV Suit then? Kratos abs and tattoo/ashes with fitting man skirt? Perhaps Luigi’s hat? Your personal tastes won’t interfere in the iconic gear of the series and should remain the same (although I wanted to have a different color pallet), the mainstream pirate look you described is way dumber and wouldn’t fit the AC style.

    And it is a VIDEOGAME, do you truly expect stuff to be 100% realistic?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet


    Misses the point when I said IMO it should be a new IP for this setting.

    Missing the point of franchise fatigue and the less than stellar response to AC3 and mediocre reception to AC Liberation…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    @2, wait dungeree’s are more fashionable than hoodies?

    Your either drunk, a Ninty Fanboy, or both!

    (I suspect the latter)


    Though I concur a new IP would have been more appealing. Peeps a bit nervy at Ubi i reckon.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet


    No booze mid week! Just pomegranate juice! ;)

    I just think this IP is a prime candidate to be run into the ground. The ‘outfit’ looked really cool in 1 & 2, but by AC3 and especially this edition, things were starting to look too out of place.

    It’s screams of trying to shoehorn the costume into the time period rather than the character into the game world. I can see why they do it because of advertising and brand recognition, but I feel it’s time for the character to grow up a bit…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    @6, I agree the brand is feeling a little ‘used’, but never diss the hoody.

    Its been around forever! Robin Hood anyone? Fact is more peeps wore hoodys than hats back in the day. Simple as that.

    p.s. Most cowboys wore bowler hats in the wild west, the stetson is a ‘modern’ fashion. No bearing on pirates, but it does show our take on what our ancestors wore, is based on movies :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. msi

    very nice

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    After the glitchy mess that was AC3… I’m not even that sure about AC as a whole, let alone an annual sequel that instead of poor subtitle (Revelations) has a full number AND a subtitle.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Digital Bamboo

    ACIII has sold 12.5 million? Holy fuck. I thought the setting looked somewhat interesting, but the reception has been mixed…is it worth playing on PS3?

    ACIV has far greater potential, from all I’ve seen.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. deathm00n

    @10 Have you played the other ones? If yes, then no, it’s not worth. It has so many side quests that you lost interest in the main story and in the sidw quests. And the story is so boring that to me it’s the second worst game in the series (revelations is the worst one)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. jaz4life20

    What is he talking about? AC3 was bull. I hope this game steps up. Here is the full list of games i’ll be buying full list

    #12 2 years ago

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