Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot, has said that the company does not expect Assassin's Creed 4 to outsell the previous game in the series.
As spotted by Gamespot, Guillemot confirmed during an investor call that the publisher is remaining "prudent" in its expectations when it comes to Black Flag.
"To come back to Assassin's Creed 4, in our numbers we have... we expect less than last year," he said.
"We are actually pushing to achieve more than last year because we think the pirate segment is a great segment that can generate a lot more on a worldwide basis than what was achieved last year.
"But we wanted to be prudent on our expectations so that it can probably be a bonus if it comes."
Assassin's Creed 3 has shipped 12.5 million units to retail since its release. It's predecessor, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, will actually launch on more systems thanks to the arrival of the PS4 and the new Xbox. It'll also launch on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.