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Assassin's Creed 3 sells 3.5m units ahead of PC release

Ubisoft franchise earns rave reviews and PC release is imminent.

Assassin's Creed 3 has sold around 3.5 million copies in the first week of console release, according to publisher Ubisoft. That's a lot of jumping, running and assassinating going on in various digital realms.

As CVG reports, Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot yesterday (November 6th) said: "First-week sell-through sales for Assassin's Creed 3 are estimated at over 3.5 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of more than 100 per cent."

Last week the highly-anticipated title launched to much fanfare on Xbox 360 and PS3. As a result, it topped the UK all formats chart on the back of record first week sales for the series.

The game will pop up on the PC with a November 23rd release date, while the Wii U version will also be available at the console's launch later this month.

According to reviews, Assassin's Creed 3 is something of a departure for the series, that sees an expanding story line set among large-scale set-pieces as well as the claustrophobic cities that have typified previous outings.

The Guardian's Nick Cowen singled the game's world-building and graphical engineering out for particular praise, saying: "By now, aching beauty and painstaking attention to historic detail - both visual and temporal - have become calling cards of the Assassin's Creed series. That's why they're so easy to take for granted."

Action has switched from Renaissance Europe to the North American frontier, and gamers take control of a new protagonist - Connor Kenway - for the first time, in a huge story arch that takes in a centuries-long war between the Templars and the Order of Assassins.

"The scope, ambition, beauty and flat-out bravery of Assassin's Creed 3 puts it in the land of the giants," said Conway.

If you're looking to fully render the open world of Assassin's Creed 3 - and ensure you enjoy the breathtaking graphics in full - you might want to make a couple of hardware tweaks to your gaming rig ahead of release. A new graphics card and a wireless gaming keyboard will help you get the best out of Ubisoft's latest effort.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801483974-ADNFCR