Ubisoft expecting next-gen racer The Crew to sell 2.5 million copies

Publisher reveals sales expectations for upcoming racing game, says Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will sell below mark of Assassin's Creed III.

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Ubisoft expects that its next-generation racing game The Crew, recently delayed to the second quarter of 2014, will sell more than 2.5 million copies.

Chief financial officer Alain Martinez revealed the sales guidance during an earnings call this week. He also reiterated that Watch Dogs, also delayed to 2014, is expected to sell around 6 million copies.

"In the case of The Crew, as you know it's a driving game, so it's more limited potential," Martinez said about The Crew compared to Watch Dogs. "We generally had spoken to about over 2.5 million units. We'll see where we go. And we believe that we have nice potential for the future."

Martinez also addressed sales expectations for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. He said the game is not expected to match Assassin's Creed III's 12 million units shipped figure, but come in somewhere above 10 million copies.

"The previews are exceptional and the game is really coming along very well. We hope it can do a lot this year," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot added.

Discussion

23 comments
LexLas
LexLas

Well a racing game is a huge push for me to get that PS4 sooner then later. From the trailer, i really like the custom options, but as far as sound, the exhaust sounds like crap, hope its just the video. Again this is just from the trailer, it might not be like that on the release. The racing looks ok, i hope it gets full throttle before release. I am a huge fan of racing games, its my fav. Some of what i see is impressive, but the racing on this video just seems to GTA like. I want it more like NFS, the car has to have really good grip on the road, but with speed.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Realistic expectations? No way.

blackace
blackace

What's with all the delayed games? Making people want to cancel their preorders now, or at least sell them on EBay.

cboye18
cboye18

You need to pay PSN subs fee to play this?

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Wait, The Crew is not free to play?

Nah, just messing with ya, Ubisoft. But seriously, expectations ruin development. If you're expecting a certain amount of revenues, you're most likely to cut corners. Not good for us, not good for the game, not good for anyone.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

the crew selling 2.5 million copies, and then they woke up

hadlee73
hadlee73

Looking at some of the comments below, I think its time for Gamespot to rename themselves "Negativity Spot". :P

wookiegr
wookiegr

Do away with the archaic $60 price point and those numbers will increase significantly. 

Catz_03
Catz_03

If only Square thought like that about Tomb Raider.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

The day after they DELAY the fucking game, they announce sales expectations bullshit. STFU and get the game made.

Cobra_nVidia
Cobra_nVidia

Oh god...another "did not meet stupidly-optimistic sales expectations" article coming up...

bf210
bf210

I think this game looks great and I'll most likely be picking it up but, 2.5 million sounds a bit crazy for brand new racing IP.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Another AAA disappointment coming up.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I'm still interested in the game, regardless of when it's released... Just hope what they show between now and then makes me want it

wexorian
wexorian

because of delay it won't sell well i think

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@xsonicchaos I think 2.5 mil is fair. People who don't even like racing games will play racing games if there's a reason. Like me. But i cancelled my PS4 so don't ask me.

blackace
blackace

@MateykoSlam I'm wondering if this is lifetime sales. It's definitely can't be 2014 sales, that's for sure. 

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

@LightEffect @wookiegr not really, gta v cost was around $250million and theres no game ever that compares in detail to what rockstar games do (pc gamer, not console fanboy). but look at la noire, red dead. no game from ubisoft ever comes close to those (thats why they delayed watchdogs).

So top a ubigame costs around lets  say $30  mil TOP if its a new franchise, usually games like Assassins greed take even less. the problem is them annualizing games, games being awful as f*ck, not selling, and then they complain:

"OMG GAMERS Y U NO BUY GAMES"


if a game doesnt sell its because it sucks, and mostly because of publisher choices (small dev team, dlc shit).

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

But I do agree, 60 dolalrs was bullshit at the beginning of last gen and its still a BS price. 50 dollars or even 45 is much better.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@rmartinezdl @LightEffect @wookiegr That's not true at all, both by mathematics, and by evidence. System Shock 2 didn't sell worth a fuck - it sold what like 2000 copies? It has probably outsold the past 14 years of it's sales in the short time since they re-released it on Steam. And System Shock 2 is one of the best games ever made.

Also the inverse - BF and CoD sell like hotcakes, ans they suck balls.

LightEffect
LightEffect

@rmartinezdl @LightEffect @wookiegr That has to do with annual releases though, not the actual game price.

I don't look at AC and think 60 is too much, I think it doesn't have much new gameplay or story or whatever and that's why I don't buy it, even if the price were lower. If I really want a game then I'll buy it for 60.