With Call of Duty primed to dominate just about every holiday season these days, even the biggest titles are a little leery about competing with Activision's inevitable blockbuster.
But you know, there's one franchise that – come November – will have three entries in three years, and each one launched very near the new Call of Duty . It's Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and although one might expect the game to labor in the shadow of CoD – as so many other games do – this series always seems to prevail. It doesn't just survive; it flourishes. Many millions of copies have been sold of Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood , and you can bet Assassin's Creed: Revelations will do extremely well. Sure, it'll launch within a week of Modern Warfare 3 but Ezio ain't scared.
Some will just say, "eh, they're two completely different games." Well, so are a lot of other titles that try to compete with CoD. AC's success is a testament to the franchise's splendid achievement in regards to overall quality and immersion. In fact, next to CoD and GTA, Assassin's Creed is one of the most popular franchises of the generation…and oh yes, it's a new series. It wasn't established until the original debuted back in 2007. But ever since then, gamers have clamored to pick up each new installment, regardless of the constant, never-ending hype surrounding Call of Duty .
Of course, there's room for a lot of great games this fall, but in regards to sales potential, most believe no title can compete with MW3 or Battlefield 3 later this year. …no title but Assassin's Creed: Revelation , that is. Watch it soar in November.