Pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood are apparently up 20% compared to those seen for last year’s Assassin’s Creed II; making them the “strongest ever seen” for Ubisoft, according to CEO Yves Guillemot.
This surge in pre-orders is most likely linked to the fact that, for PS3 owners, committing to a purchase will gain you access to the beta of the game’s multiplayer component – which has garnered plenty of interest since its debut. It’s worth noting how, in recent years, betas have transformed from a much needed testing and balancing phase, to an exclusive demo of sorts. Oh, what a crazy backwards world we’re living in.
“Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood should allow us to reaffirm our position as one of the industry’s best multiplayer developers,” notes Guillemot within Ubisoft’s first quarter sales report for 2010-11. We’ll have to wait till Nov. 16th to see if Brotherhood manages makes a significant dent in Call of Duty‘s stranglehold of the console multiplayer market. Probably not.