French video game publisher Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed III has become the company's most pre-ordered game of all time. The title has earned more than 40 prestigious awards since first being announced including Best E3 Action Game from Game Informer and IGN.

The studio didn't reveal any hard numbers but senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key said the title already had twice as many pre-orders as the previous record holder, Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Overall, the franchise has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide since the first game in the series was released in November 2007.

Assassin's Creed III was co-developed by Ubisoft Montreal and six other studios. The game is set during the American Revolution in the late 18th century where new hero Connor will fight for liberty against ruthless tyranny in what is described by Ubisoft as the most stylized and fluid combat experience in the franchise to date.

Assassin's Creed III launches next Tuesday on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. The game will be a key launch title for Nintendo's Wii U console on November 18 before debuting for PC gamers on November 20.

In the event you missed it, Ubisoft also recently announced plans to bring Assassin's Creed to the big screen. In an interesting move, the studio is sidestepping Hollywood and will be producing the film itself. Michael Fassbender from "Prometheus" and "X:Men: First Class" will play the lead role. No further information has been released thus far.