Watch Dogs Opens Strong in Japan, Sells More Than 94,000 Copies

Watch Dogs for PlayStation 4 was the second best selling game in Japan.

When Watch Dogs became the most pre-ordered game in GameStop’s history, it was clear it would perform well for Ubisoft in the United States, but it’s also enjoying some success in Japan.

According to the Media Create sales charts (via Gematsu), Watch Dogs sold 94,623 copies in Japan in its first week since launch. 63,595 of those copies were of the PlayStation 4 version, which was the second best selling game in Japan that week. The PlayStation 3 version came in at the No. 6 spot with 31,028 copies sold.

As you can see, the rest of the chart is dominated by Japanese games:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 188,888 (New)

  2. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 63,595 (New)

  3. [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 62,649 (New)

  4. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 53,095 (New)

  5. [PSV] Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 31,526 (New)

  6. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 31,028 (New)

  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 29,590 (1,147,202)

  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 23,520 (492,837)

  9. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 15,373 (46,454)

  10. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 13,026 (136,893)

Watch Dogs has also done extremely well in the United States. According to the last report from the NPD, it was the best selling game in retail for the month of May 2014. In early June, Ubisoft confirmed it already sold 4 million copies since it launched on May 27, making it the "best-selling new IP at launch across the video game industry." Ubisoft expects it will sell more than 6 million units throughout its lifetime.

Watch Dogs is out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. While there has been talk of a sequel, if it ever happens it won't take nearly as long to develop, Ubisoft said in April.

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141 comments
nine-eight-nine
nine-eight-nine

More than 94,000 will be disappointed then. What a truly awful lazy half assed game this is. 5 years in development is an insult.

Vodoo
Vodoo

These are good sales numbers? They're pathetic. Obviously the Japanese game industry is falling to pieces. The Japanese devs can't make a decent game to save their lives, and the Japanese consumers aren't buying the games either. For some inexplicable reason they've moved over to mobile games, which cements the fact that they have extremely poor taste in games.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Well can you blame them? I mean its not like these supposed "next gen" systems are bursting with new content...

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

I'm really sorry that some fellow PC Gamers are having problems running this game and I almost feel guilty because it runs perfectly on my PC it just looks gorgeous and runs so smooth.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Poor Japan jumped on the hype train too.  I'll apologize for Ubisoft, the game is a snooze.  Can't wait for the inevitably better sequel.

starjay009
starjay009

Good for them. While the game is not perfect, it's still VERY FUN to play. I have the PS4 version and LOVING IT !! Amazing visuals, smooth gameplay and an overall decent experience. Too bad the PC version is screwed. I am a PC gamer mostly but I love my PS4 which is easily the CLOSEST system to a high end gaming PC. Haters will keep hating but I think Ubisoft have made an excellent product here. Hopefully, they can fix the PC version in due time to ease some of that tension from PC folk. 

Aspire85
Aspire85

WD was good but I got sick of it after a week or so. Might go back to it but for the time being, it seems like a chore.

kane6911
kane6911

it's a boring game. too me. with thats said the ps4 or ps3 has no competition japan. so why is this news 

chikenfriedrice
chikenfriedrice

I am really enjoying this game....fun shootouts, exciting car chases....hacking is cool. I hated on this game for it's performance and it's shitty graphics but I shouldn't have, it's dope!

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

Wow this is actually quite good a very western made game selling well in japan hopefully this is the start of japan embracing non Japanese made games

sheru99
sheru99

Didnt watch much videos before release and hence was completely able to enjoy this game. Yes it has its faults and short comings, but then GTA V had 5 chances to make it the game it is today. This is the first one. Cut some slack guys. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

This game grows on you.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Japan is our trash can! Everything goes well in a trash can!

lkman
lkman

94,000 Copies is considered good now? better say nothing to play on PS4.

Chaoticgodz
Chaoticgodz

So I take it 94,000 new players will be disappointed, jk. I thought the game was alright. It didn't really have anything that would amazes me or makes me wanna buy the Watch Dogs 2 (assuming that it would be released seeing well the game is selling).

zzamaro
zzamaro

Seems like VIta is strong there.

Halloll
Halloll

Ore wa hackingu desu.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Outside the HORRIBLE driving mechanics the game can be fun (once you figure out you can play online and create havoc and not worry about driving and hitting pedestrians and losing rep) especially online on the hood of your buddies' car. =)

RG923
RG923

I've been steadily playing Watch_Dogs, and the more I play it, the more I enjoy it. It's at its best when it combines stealth and hacking and gives you a number of ways to approach any given situation. Is it Splinter Cell or Deus Ex? No--but it's still pretty fun and satisfying, and these features could be given more depth in a sequel.

It does, however, seem to suffer from design by committee. It's an open-world game with a lot of content, but not necessarily much to do that's substantially fun outside of the stealth and combat. It's nonetheless a good game.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Well deserved Ubisoft.

dani_i89
dani_i89

Proof that hype is everything..

What's with the rest of he games on the list? All terrible (apart from Mario Kart).

Japan doesn't know how to game.

feared4power
feared4power

birthrate is down in japan and everyone is becoming a shut in because of 2d girls and VR.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

People in Japan are more into Cellphone games friends of mine went there everyone was on their cellphone playing games.

fillup0
fillup0

Watch Dogs was a good game. The only thing I disliked was how easy it was even on realistic. The difficulty comes from missions with super frustrating failure states rather than true difficulty. The story was really shit but the game is where it matters. It afford you a good amount of player agency and missions tend to be extremely open ended with multiple ways of completing them. The hacking is exactly as advertised and I don't know how people expected more. I felt like a wizard, taking down the big armoured guys by peering through cameras and making things explode.


People hyped this game to 11 when the scale only goes to 10. I went into it with no expectations and came out impressed.

Vexov
Vexov

I feel sorry for them. We still don't have a patch that fixes things, OHHH but we did get a fking dlc released.


Its just that i feel i need to complete it, but then thats all. I was really hoping multiplayer was way better then what it is. Its multiplayer isn't something to be awed by, aside from phasing, its more of something i would expect from games a decade ago.

pnova
pnova

Wow that's like 4 times as many as Titanfall did lol

method115
method115

@chikenfriedrice I postponed buying this game cause I already had bound by flame and because of the bad things I was hearing about this game. Last weekend I got bored of bound by flame and digital ordered Watchdogs and it's been really fun so far. The story is good, graphics are good, chases are really fun and challenging. 

starjay009
starjay009

@CapnXtraObvious  The US is the biggest garbage dump in the world and I don't mean just literally. Illegal aliens, underage killers, rapists, gangbangers, drug addicts, crappy corporations like Microsoft, a crappy political system with numerous flaws. obese people, illiterate brutes, white trash living in trailers and the list goes on. Japan is the one of the most sophisticated cultures in the world, more superior to the USA in every regard, one of the world's leading video gaming companies are based in Japan, the world's BEST video game system - the Playstation is from Japan. Are you really that retarded to comprehend it ? 

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@CapnXtraObvious Really? What a nice trash can, one of the most powerfull gaming market in the world and it's a trash can, makes no f*cking sense bro.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@CapnXtraObvious  They say the same of us and thanks to people like you and how you treat our allies they tend to be right.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@lkman  Was going to say the same thing until I saw your comment.  This is why MS has not put a big emphasis there , Well along with PS being dominant. But still. Its almost not worth the effort based on those numbers even for PS.

Ali_Asif
Ali_Asif

@RG923 Actually it does have fun outside of the stealth and combat. Try the mini games, the digital trips and some other side distraction. There's plenty to keep you occupied and satisfied. 

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@dani_i89  They do better than most of us which is why you proven you have little value when it comes to an opinion.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@leikeylosh  LOL. Gotta love that meme. It sucks that there are no GIFs here, really lame if you ask me. Never thought I would say that, but the more you see the more you want.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@pnova You see how marketing is everything? Watch Dogs is a completly trash and it sells more than Titanfall, a nice game, I just think that TTF wasn't availed, it was a nice propose, with great gameplay and engine, but with weak possibilities.

dani_i89
dani_i89

What does "they do better than most of us" mean? The games on the list are handhelds and wii u games. If you think that's a quality then you need to wait to graduate past 1st grade before getting into gaming.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

You prob play COD or Battlefiend; some jockey for Assassin's creed or what not. Don't make it easy to use you as a soapbox. I will use you as one. Like you have any inkling what a quality title even is.


Oh and trying to say anything about someone you don't even know makes you into a joke. I based my comment about you on your comment. if you can't aim you'll only hit yourself out of spite.

dani_i89
dani_i89

I don't play COD or Battlefield at all. Never got into them either. I also don't play rubbish like Wow of Dota or any MMO. I like Assassin Creed, but I don't love it. Haven't played it in a few years. Your judgement is way off. I know exactly what a quality title is, and that list does not represent quality apart from Mario Kart. You must really be into Hello Kitty if you think that's a solid list.