Ubisoft today announced its earnings for the third fiscal quarter, and among the highlights are sales figures for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which come in lower than those of Assassin's Creed III during the same span the year prior.
During the company's third quarter, which ended December 31, 2013, Ubisoft reports 10 million copies of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag were sold in. Note that this is not the number of units sold through to consumers, but instead the number sold to retailers.
The game was described as having "excellent momentum," although this number is actually less than the sold-in number for Assassin's Creed III -- 12 million units -- during the same span in 2013. This is despite Black Flag being available on more platforms, thanks to the launch of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, than its predecessor. During a conference call this afternoon, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot did note that sales of Black Flag during the first six weeks of this year are outpacing those of AC3 during the same span last year, suggesting the latest game may have a longer tail as more people get their hands on next-gen consoles.