In solo missions alone, gamers have accumulated more than 82 centuries of gaming time and committed more than
3 billion 25 in-game assassinations
Fixed for accuracy. You don't really assassinate all that many people. I think Pitcairn is probably really the only guy you truly 'assassinate.'
Everyone else you kill is just in a sword fight.
The sad thing is that Ubisoft will feel that they're taking the right path with the AC series, when in fact they aren't. AC3 is horribly bloated, filled with irritating optional objectives, and does away with the actual assassination parts. Remember those side mission that Ezio could take, the 20-30ish missions to go kill a particular guy? Gone. Assassination missions now are "kill 5 random guys on the street with the 5th one always being your target." And there's a grand total of two of them (one in each city.)
If not for the truly remarkable ship battles (which ironically almost everyone was so worried about; they turn out to be by FAR the best bits of the game) and the excellent frontier section, this game would be worse than AC1.