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With 70 million copies sold to date, Assassin’s Creed is by far Ubisoft’s most successful franchise, but at number two Just Dance is still more popular than Splinter Cell, Far Cry, and others.

The new numbers were uncovered by Kotaku columnist Superannuation, who noticed Ubisoft updated the Facts & Figures page on its website. With 48 million copies sold, Just Dance is way behind Assassin’s Creed, but also ahead of Splinter Cell’s 30 million, Rainbow Six’s 26 million, and Ghost Recon’s 25 million. You may also be shocked to find out that the Petz franchise has reached 24 million, which is more that Far Cry’s 18 million.

Here’s the full list of Ubisoft’s best selling franchises:

  • Assassin’s Creed: 73 million
  • Just Dance: 48 million
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: 30 million
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: 26 million
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: 25 million
  • Petz: 24 million
  • Rayman: 25 million
  • Imagine: 21 million
  • Prince of Persia: 20 million
  • Driver: 19 million
  • Far Cry: 18 million
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids: 14 million
  • The Settlers: 10 million
  • The Experience: 9 million
  • Anno: 5 million
  • Your Shape: 3 million

The page also tells us that there are more than 9,200 Ubisoft team members worldwide, 7,800 of which are dedicated to production. Electronic Arts’ last reported 9,370 employees at the end of 2013, and because of recent layoffs at the company, there is now a small chance that Ubisoft is bigger than EA in terms of headcount.

Launching this holiday, the next game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is set during the French Revolution.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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No Halo game has ever been available on Steam, but that’s going to change. Microsoft announced today that twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will launch through Steam on April 4 for . The game originally debuted on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 last summer.

Halo: Spartan Assault later launched for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Microsoft also announced today that from April 3-9, you’ll be able to download Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for . The game will see a permanent price drop to on all Microsoft platforms starting April 10.

Halo: Spartan Assault includes 30 missions where you’ll battle against the Covenant in a story set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game supports Steam achievements and leaderboards, and you can use either keyboard/mouse controls or you can plug in a USB Xbox controller if you want.

We have reached out to Microsoft to ask if the release of Halo: Spartan Assault means gamers can expect more Halo games to come to Steam. We’ll update this story with anything we hear back.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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A post on the Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has invited fans of the series to fill out a survey that will help “shape the future of Kingdom Hearts.”

In addition to asking for you basic information and gaming habits, the survey delves deep into your thoughts about the Kingdom Hearts games. It asks what your first Kingdom Hearts game was, why you bought it, what you like about the franchise, which is your favorite, how difficult you think it is, how you’d describe it to a friend, whether you’re more of a Square Enix or Disney fan, and much more.

It also seems that Square Enix is using the survey to help shape future special editions and preorder bonuses. There are a fair amount of questions about which games you ordered, if you preordered for any particular bonus, and what kind of preorder bonuses you’d like to see in new Kingdom Hearts games, a key chain Key Blade, statue, Manga, and many other options.

The survey will be open until March 14, 11:59pm PST.

In January, Square Enix denied rumors that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV are coming out later this year, and given the early look we had at Kingdom Hearts III last year, it seems highly unlikely that the game has any chance of coming out before 2015.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.
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Namco Bandai has announced JRPG Tales of Zestiria, a new entry in its long-running Tales series.

The game will be released in Japan solely for PlayStation 3 at some point during 2014, with Namco Bandai confirming that the latest title in the series would eventually be released in North America and Europe.

Tales of Zestiria will also commemorate the 20th anniversary for the series’ original release in Japan. The new title will be the 15th core game in the colourful role-playing series, which stretches to more than 30 games when its various spin-offs are included.

Despite announcement of a new game, however, Namco Bandai is yet to date the previous game in the series, Tales of Xillia 2, for a release outside of Japan. The sequel is due for a Western release sometime in 2014.

But does this mean that a Western release of Tales of Zestiria might be bumped back to as late as 2015? Writing on the PlayStation Blog, producer Hideo Baba said the team was working to “strengthen” the series outside of Japan.

“The Tales Of team has been working hard to strengthen our relationship with overseas fans over the past few years,” said Baba, “and have seen the fruits of our labour with the success of Tales of Xillia which has sold over a million copies worldwide.”

“The Tales Of team would like to thank all of the fans around the world for their continued support and extend a warm welcome to new fans to the series as well.”

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