Ubisoft: Watch Dogs on pace to become the most successful new IP in video game history

Open-world game is the most preordered new IP in Ubisoft's history, the company adds.

Ubisoft has high hopes for its upcoming open-world game, Watch Dogs. CEO Yves Guillemot said today in a statement that, "Watch Dogs' preorders are at record levels and it is perfectly positioned to become the industry’s most successful new IP in history." Specific figures were not shared, though Ubisoft said previously that the company expects the game to sell around 6 million units.

Ubisoft isn't the first publisher to make that claim. Activision also contends that Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny will become the best-selling new IP in video game history. Watch Dogs launches May 27, while Destiny arrives on September 9.

In another statement today, Ubisoft said Watch Dogs is the most preordered new IP in Ubisoft's history and the most preordered new IP in the entire video game business this year. Specific preorder figures were not shared. Overall, Watch Dogs is the second-highest preordered Ubisoft game of all time, though it's not clear which game is number one.

For more on Watch Dogs, be sure to read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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BestJinjo
BestJinjo

This game is not going to be as good as expected.


1)  Lack of co-operative multi-player:


"There are virtually no cooperative game modes (like shown during E3 2012) and this is such a sad thing. Ubisoft Montreal really create a multiplayer which is seamless, but with lack of cooperative efforts it is just no good with zero ingenuity."


2) Always Online, or skills reset to 0!

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One huge caveat/punishment Ubisoft implemented is when you do turn off the Online Option, all your skills accumulated are reset to zero. You read that right. They all get reset to zero. All the online-specific skills reset to zero as punishment for not wanting to play online, something which is entirely disappointing. Either you keep getting invaded, or you get punished for wanting to play sometimes and not other times with the online mode."


3) Graphics downgraded on consoles from E3 2012 levels:

"The visual fidelity is definitely not on point to E3 2012 – without big explosions which make sense – and the daytime looks bland and equivalent to Grand Theft Auto V (a last generation title which was highly optimized). Keep in mind, this is just on consoles after all. PC will perhaps match the E3 2012 footage, which was stated to have been run on a PC originally. Watch Dogs is a beautiful singleplayer experience with a lackluster multiplayer twist. The game is fun and has a lot of things to do for a free roam, but it just lacks as a title which delivers it all."

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=820807

But with lack of any new IPs, this will still sell like hotcakes. 


Exp3rt-sh00t3r
Exp3rt-sh00t3r

@BestJinjo  That review your citing came from http://wccftech.com written by Ali Naqi. Not only does he not give any new information about the game, but he insults his readers and anyone who comments a disagreement. I wouldn't exactly trust that review...

swantn5
swantn5

okay hold on the game isnt even out yet i cant help put feel that alot of video game news sites are hyping the holy crap out of this i guess you have to pay the bills somehow

Razor10000
Razor10000

good, i hope watchdogs is an awesome game and becomes a big franchise like gta. 

Navardo95
Navardo95

Hopefully its like a Far Cry 3 in an urban open-world setting..

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh, I can't wait to see if Activision or Ubisoft will be the one to claim the title of "most successful new IP", lol.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Well this is all based off preorders... Just because there's a bunch of preorders, doesn't mean it will sell all the copies. People cancel preorders or just return the game altogether. Come back when you get statistics about "successful" sales after it launches...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@gplayer5Well, he said "on pace" not that the data is a fact... also it's not like you or everyone know how many pre-orders will be canceled... also we are not talking about "statistics" here but "expectations".

gplayer5
gplayer5

@Warlord_Irochi That's why I said come back when they have the actual stats. Stats tell more of a story than expectations. That's just speculation.

gohan661
gohan661

@gplayer5  
Jupp, I have 2 pre-orders already and will still probably end up buying it on steam when/if the Pre-load happens. (i'll cancel other 2 which are one physical and one DDE)

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

The thick, fat headline says it's "the most successful new IP in video game history".

The less fat, sub headline says "... in UbiSofts history".

The article says "UbiSoft has high hopes" and "it has potential".


That hype news died down rather quickly I'd say.

Usually this is spread out over multiple news announcements which makes me think Mr. Makuch is going on vacation.

Letrico
Letrico

Will Watchdog beat the "predecessor" Assassin's Creed in terms of most successful IP?

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

@bitviper

Not eligible...I mean, it is part of an IP that has spawned over 5 numbered games and something like 9 or 10 non numbered games, like Chinatown Wars, Vice City and San Andreas.


Ubisoft may be right....this could be the most anticipated *new* Ip to date. I know it is for me...

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

When this game was originally announced, gamers everywhere got excited saying stuff like "Finally someone shows a new IP in a show littered with sequels" and applauded Ubisoft. Now that the game is close to release, gamers everywhere are coming up with new ways to trash it. 


Of course, they will still wonder why companies are so reluctant to try out new IPs at the same time. 

shahdeewasahoe
shahdeewasahoe

This game is on its way to receive one of those irrelevant, not to the point reviews you see on Gamespot, usually written by the triforce of shitstorms (Mc Shea, Vanbald, Petit). Just wait for it.

hystavito
hystavito

@robertoenrique  They stopped giving 0.5s some time ago, right around the time Gone Home got its 9.5 :).

Exp3rt-sh00t3r
Exp3rt-sh00t3r

@robertoenrique  Honestly, id be surprised if it got anything below a 9. Im still going to watch the reviews before I pick it up though.

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

Pretty sure Pokemon R/B/G would be the most successful new IP with 30+mil copies sold. 


This is what we call marketing hype.

yuukorin
yuukorin

@anonymousicko  Well actually, Super Mario Bros is the most successful new IP with over 40 million. But I agree, all marketing hype especially since Halo, COD, AC only sold around 5M in their first IP.

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

@yuukorin Well I would say Mario Bros is the first game that started the series since this concerns of new IP, but yeah Super Mario Bros is the one that took it to a new level.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@anonymousicko  Dunno, went to preorder the DedSec edition today for the midnight launch and they've sold out in every store, seems popular to me.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Too bad the game looks last gen ill pass on it but I hope everyone enjoys it though.

cboye18
cboye18

Haven't I played this game already? 

jablocanas
jablocanas

Can someone explain to me why they are definitely getting this on day 1?  I like the Chicago vibe, but the gameplay mechanics don't look far too different than Assassin's Creed (Unlock Towers -> leads to -> Loot/Side Missions) and GTA mixed together.  I'm still on the fence about getting this on day 1 and looking for some people to sway me over to a solid purchase.  Just seems like everything with hacking in it since System Shock II everybody goes nuts for (Deus Ex, for ex, lol).

hystavito
hystavito

@jablocanas  I pre-ordered way back mainly because it was on sale for $50, a price that's even better now with the new $70 game prices in Canada.  However, I too am skeptical.  I worry that it's going to get repetitive quickly, with only a few things to do and each instance of them being only a slight variation.  I bought AC4 for PS4 right around release, only because I got it for $10, and played it for maybe 2-3 hours, it's just been collecting dust since.

jablocanas
jablocanas

@hystavito @jablocanas  That's what I was thinking exactly.  Glad I'm not the only one thinking that.  BTW, I thought AC4 was pretty good.  It had the traditional AC model which is kind of old but the sea battles were a ton of fun.  The story was a lot better too than AC3 which was just horrible and imbalanced (frontier at least)...

hystavito
hystavito

@jablocanas @hystavitoI was never a big AC fan so that's probably why it doesn't appeal to me much.  As I said, it was so cheap and I figured what the hell might as well have more games to play for my PS4.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Just because it's preordered lots doesn't make it immune from being a massive flop.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

@bfa1509  Exactly. And also, with so few good games releases so far, it hardly has any competition. People with PS4/XB1 are starving for something new to buy, but it doesn't automatically make this some amazing game of 2014 all of a sudden. 

deathstream
deathstream

This was going to be one of the games that I bought for Xbox One at launch, but I can't decide if I am still excited for it.  I thought AC IV was a truly terrible game (I hear it is a great pirate game, but I bought it expecting an AC game and by that measure it sucked royally).  The disappointment of that game coupled with the ludicrously (in my AC-fan opinion) high review scores has me questioning whether I want this game and whether I can trust the reviews.

danjmiles
danjmiles

If people have no interest in this game, why bother commenting at all? Go and comment on a blog that's about a game your interested in. Stop putting games down when you haven't even played them.

Gen007
Gen007

Have a feeling this game is gonna disappoint overall i mean i dont think it will be bad but still disappointing and wont live up to the hype. It will sell well though because people are hungry for next gen games and this is about as good as get for awhile once the summer drought hits full swing.

rskueem
rskueem

I won't be surprise if watch dogs would become the best selling new ip in video game history ^^

jablocanas
jablocanas

@rskueem  I'm hoping The Division takes that title next year.  WD just seems too similar to Assassin's Creed game mechanics

cyberwookie72
cyberwookie72

of course it is! What else is getting released on the new consoles? New console gamers are dying for something to play....DUH