SAN FRANCISCO  - French videogame titan Ubisoft said Thursday that pre-orders for the next version of its blockbuster “Assassin’s Creed” videogame are on a record-setting pace.

So many copies of “Assassin’s Creed III” have been reserved in advance of its October 30 release date in North America that it is on track to become the most pre-ordered title in the company’s history, according to Ubisoft.

Exact sales figures were not disclosed. “Players will experience the biggest game launch in Ubisoft’s history with the highly-anticipated release of ‘Assassin’s Creed III,’” said Ubisoft senior vice president of sales Tony Key.

“The production value of the game, combined with the biggest marketing commitment we’ve ever made, will make Assassins Creed III the highest-selling Assassin’s Creed game ever.” The fifth installment in the franchise will star a new hero and move the story from Europe to the US colonies during the American Revolution.