I'm gonna say it before anyone else does. Or before Ubisoft reveals any stats.
"Assassin's Creed 3 will break the record for most pre-order sales ever!"
There you go, you heard it here first. Thought about this sometime back but it didn't occur to blog about it. I'm not sure how the figures look like for pre-order sales of other games but I'll say it nonetheless. Collectors of game memorabilia and fans of the Assassin's Creed franchise would have noticed the sheer amount of pre-order bonuses and the different 'collectors edition' for the Assassin's Creed 3 game by now.
Let me list a few that I know of. (I'm pretty sure that I have yet to see or hear about everything that's out there).
UK Freedom Edition
UK Join or Die Edition
US Limited Edition
Asia Limited Edition
Is that all? There are also dozens of physical pre-order items given out by different retailers, different countries. (Not including DLC)
Pewter figurines of Connor and British soldier
Notebook and Feather
I'm sure there are poster and t-shirts as well with various stores. That's a whole load considering each pre-order comes with only 1 of those item. Who knows what other bonuses are being given out in some corner of the world.
I myself have pre-ordered 4 different editions just for the contents and I'm sure there are plenty of others who have pre-ordered at least 2 copies of the game. I'm not complaining.. I didn't create this post to complain about how cunning Ubisoft are, making us buy multiple copies of their game. Ultimately we have the decision if we wanna play along with Ubisoft and attempt to get everything out there. It can be a fun hobby, even though pricey. Hardcore Assassin's Creed collectors will have an awesome collection to show off if they do manage to get everything. There is a special joy with collecting stuff from all around the world, getting to know collectors from other countries and getting their help in looking out for more bonuses. Somehow, I find the Assassin's Creed Universe is suited for this trend with their Assassins being from all around the world.
But.. if Ubisoft comes out boasting about their pre-order sales beating records, you know the reason why. The game itself should be awesome and it will be. But it should be noted that a huge part of sales came from collectors buying multiple copies of the same game. And I won't be surprised.. In fact I believe that Assassin's Creed 3 will break the record for having the most pre-order sales. And if they do, you know where you heard it first..