Watch Dogs sales have proven the game to be Ubisoft’s best seller yet, even beating out mainstays Assassin’s Creed and Rayman. While it’s been called a clone of everything that was released in recent years, Watch Dogs has literally exceeded expectations for Ubisoft.
They had planned on a sales figure of £310 million total for all games, and Watch Dogs has sold enough to bring the gross up to £360 million for this quarter. With numbers like those, it may be time for other developers and publishers to look at what Ubisoft is doing for inspiration.
Hopefully they don’t copy the DLC and Uplay account ideas that Ubisoft thinks we’re okay with.
Nintendo especially could learn something from the Assassin’s Creed: Unity developer, even though they have been enjoying phenomenal success with Mario Kart 8. We won’t know until the end of October if Unity will earn the dreaded Luigi death stare, but after the success of Black Flag, Ubisoft seems to have taken off.
Watch Dogs sales have reached the point where the company has announced that they have shipped 8 million copies.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated today:
“The success of ‘Watch Dogs’ and the quality of our games portfolio presented at this year’s E3 highlight our strategic positioning as well as our continuous drive for innovation, and affirm our long-term approach. ‘Watch Dogs’ is now well-positioned as a major franchise and we will be able to replicate and build on its success in the coming years. Its sales performance testifies to Ubisoft’s expertise as a creator of blockbuster brands.”
In other words, Watch Dogs is certainly getting a series, just as Ubisoft had planned from the start. The delay may have hurt the Watch Dogs sales a little, but the extra work they put into their new killer IP shined enough to bring the fans back in force.
Watch Dogs might not be selling up to Grand Theft Auto V levels, but it’s outdone other major franchises, and as a relatively original franchise that’s an impressive feat.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) July 10, 2014
With Ubisoft‘s new killer IP reaching such incredible sales numbers, it may be time to start thinking about what we might see in the first sequel. The developer has stated that there were lots of ideas they had to leave out, which means that what we missed the first time could make it into Watch Dogs 2.
Could it take place in another major city next time, or could fate lead Aiden Pearce back to Chicago in the Watch Dogs sequel for another round with an even deadlier hacker?
Watch Dogs sales indicate we will find out eventually.
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