Assassin’s Creed 3 could become the franchise’s biggest seller, predicts its publisher.

Pre-orders for the game, which is due on shelf on 31 October, had already topped the number recorded by earlier versions over the same period, claimed Ubisoft.

The most recent Assassin’s Creed game, Revelations, was the seventh top-selling title of 2011 [Gfk Chart-Track].

The new game takes place during the American Revolution and introduces a new hero. It promises the “most stylised and fluid combat yet seen in the franchise”, and takes players from the frontier to the battlefields where Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the British.