Sales of Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed III sent Ubisoft profits soaring in the last financial year, the company has revealed.

Last week the French publisher and developer announced that it shipped 12 million copies of Assassin’s Creed III and six million of Far Cry 3 on its way to sales of €1.256 billion (AU$1.65 billion) and an operating income of €100.3 million (AU$131.73 million).

That meant overall revenue was up 18.3% from the 2012 financial year, and Ubisoft stock rose about 10 per cent as a result.

“The expertise and talent of our teams enabled Ubisoft to manage the year’s difficult market conditions and the drop in the casual segment remarkably well,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

“Franchises are underpinned by recognized creative know-how and premier development capacity. With more than 7,000 developers, Ubisoft has the necessary caliber to offer its fans exceptionally rich and immersive gaming experiences on a regular basis.”

Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance were now the fifth- and twelfth-highest-selling franchises in the seventh console generation, added Guillemot.

Ubisoft is the fourth largest independent publisher in the United States and the third largest in Europe.

Its next big release is Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, out May 22.