Assassin's Creed Odyssey Records a Large Rise on Steam Even With Physical Sales Down Over Origins

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Records a Large Rise on Steam Even With Physical Sales Down Over Origins

You're in then you're out, you're up then you're down.

Ubisoft's decision to pull Assassin's Creed away from its frantic annual release schedule appears to have done the cherished adventure series a world of good. The latest entry in the franchise, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, already has 33% more players on Steam compared to last year's Assassin's Creed Origins.

Assassin's Creed Origins was hardly a slouch sales-wise, either. According to game data aggregation site GitHyp, Assassin's Creed Origins on Steam had 41k concurrent players. Assassin's Creed Odyssey recently shattered that record with 62k concurrent players on Sunday (though its physical sales are lower than Origins', at least in Europe and the U.K.). By contrast, 2013's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag marked the last high point for the series at 16k concurrent players on Steam—and the numbers kept dropping. Assassin's Creed Syndicate only attracted 3.6k concurrent players. The series was in big trouble until Assassin's Creed Origins refreshed it.

Here be the tale of a beleaguered franchise snatched from the talons of the harpy.

Ubisoft isn't going to slide back into a yearly release schedule, despite the success of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. You won't see a new Assassin's Creed in 2019, but you're welcome to guess at the possible location of the next entry. Japan, maybe? Eh, probably not.

Still, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a huge game. Good thing we have huge guides to match. Check out our hints, tips, and everything you should know about starting a career in the art of slitting throats.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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