UPDATED 12:15 EDT / OCTOBER 26 2015

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‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ is the lowest-selling U.K. launch of a major AC title

Despite reaching the number one sales spot in the U.K., Assassin’s Creed Syndicate saw the weakest launch of a major Assassin’s Creed title in the mega-franchise’s history.

According to Chart-Track (via GamesIndustry.biz), which admittedly tracks physical sales only, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate overtook Fifa 16 as the top game in the U.K. this week, also beating out the newly released Guitar Hero Live. Even with a strong week one, however, Syndicate sold fewer titles during its launch in the U.K. than last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is somewhat amusing considering the fact that Syndicate actually takes place in England.

While the early sales figures for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate are disappointing, that does not necessarily mean that the game is worse than any of the other major games in the series. Part of the blame can likely be placed on the abysmal release of 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, which was plagued with bugs well after launch and was heavily criticized for bland gameplay and a boring story.

In fact, Unity was so bad that it completely overshadowed the simultaneous release of Assassin’s Creed Rogue, the not-so-terrible Assassin’s Creed game released in 2014 that time seems to have forgotten. With the generally positive reviews of Syndicate, it looks like the dark shadow of Unity may have fans still skeptical about the quality of the series.

Chart-Track’s data is for U.K. sales only, so it does not give a full picture of how Syndicate is performing worldwide, but it does give publisher Ubisoft Entertainment SA something to think about, as if the various criticisms against Unity were not enough already.

Despite its missteps, Assassin’s Creed is still a beloved game franchise, and while some gamers may be getting fatigued from the annual release cycle, it will likely not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Image credit: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate | Ubisoft Entertainment

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