Watch Dogs Sells 4 Million Copies in First Week, Needs 2 Million More to Match Assassin's Creed's Lifetime Tally

That makes Ubisoft's open-world game the "best-selling new IP at launch across the video game industry."

After breaking launch day sales records for Ubisoft, the publisher announced today that its open-world action game Watch Dogs sold through more than 4 million units during its first week. Sales at that level make Watch Dogs the "best-selling new IP at launch across the video game industry." Not only that, but Ubisoft says Watch Dogs is now its best-selling game of all time in terms of first-week sales.

"With such strong sales momentum and positive feedback from gamers, Watch Dogs has positioned itself as the must-have game of the moment," Ubisoft marketing executive Tony Key said. "We're really proud of this achievement, and are confident that the Watch Dogs brand has a promising future."

Though Watch Dogs may be off to a hot start, it still needs to sell 2 million more copies to match Ubisoft's expectation of 6 million lifetime sales. That's the same mark that the original Assassin's Creed sold in its lifetime. Ubisoft also announced today that Watch Dogs' free companion app, ctOS Mobile, has now been downloaded more than 1 million times.

Watch Dogs launched for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27. The Wii U version is coming this fall, Ubisoft reiterated today. The game's release last week wasn't a total success however, as various issues with Uplay marred the game at launch, preventing some users from accessing multiplayer or other online features. Other issues, on PC specifically, locked players out of the game entirely in some circumstances. Conservative American radio and TV host Glenn Beck has also criticized Watch Dogs for promoting hacking.

Watch Dogs took 5.5 years to develop. 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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171 comments
doktron
doktron

i was going to get watch dogs but now im not sure.I really dont like uplay.I had lots of problems with uplay when i had far cry 3.Sometimes it wouldnt let me access my game among other things. And now i here ubisoft dumbed down the pc version by hiding and disabling certain graphic features.Whatever their reason its not right.PC gamers should have the choice of enabling high graphics if their pc is able.ubisoft shouldnt hide these options.In spite of all this i may still get the game tho i might wait a bit.

Aeonia92
Aeonia92

awesome...great game..play's great on my laptop. worth the buy..if anyone wanted to know.

rskueem
rskueem

Watch Dogs 2 confirmed!

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

.....and 3.5 million are wishing they hadn't.  The Metacritic user scores are awful, especially pc.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

I'm surprised that so many people like this game. The graphics look like something hatched from a PS2, and the hacking gimmick isn't all that innovative. Rented it for PS4 from Gamefly and this one will be going back soon. Wolfenstein on the other hand, looks and plays incredibly.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Aidan be like: Stop or I'll use my phone! That he's also holding a gun is just for show, to further point out that he's serious.

shingui5
shingui5

Btw, if anyone wants to go play an actual good game about a guy in a Trenchcoat hacking stuff, go play Gunpoint.

It'll save you £30 as well. 

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

Ubisoft can thank the lack of good titles for the high numbers.  Picked up myself and so far I'm feeling a bit let down.

West123
West123

Ubisoft and their pg13 games masquerading as 18...i love WD but there is so much pg13 in this game its crazy!! what part of this game deserves the 18 mark?? 

they give us all these weapons but not the freedom to use them...because of those stupid don't kill cops or civilians or don't use excessive force in stopping a criminal...

then they don't give us unlimited gang hideouts so we can use the tools they tease us with. also there is part in this game (don't worry no spoilers) that they painted a bikini on a female but her parts still show through....farcry 3 didn't share this problem and i hope who ever in the development team was so worried about showing an adult world to adults is not involved in WD2

 in closing this game has so much potential. a better story and a more believable world where the player is not the center of attention and his actions do not reflect on it, this could be the start of something special. GTA3 was far from perfect but look what rockstar did

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

It is always nice to see a successful new Ip, might increase the chances for more fresh stuff

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

here's the thing. the original ass creed is not that good. 2/4 was really the only GOOD ones. the unnumbered ones don't count

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

While it's not everything I hoped it would be, obviously, I'm still having a great time doing the hundreds of side quests and extracurricular activities spread throughout the game. Online invasions are probably the best part for me, but overall I think Ubi has done a fine job making a great new IP. 

Canuuk
Canuuk

As much as I prefer my games on PC, I'm actually waiting for the Wii U version. The game's mechanics and the gamepad might turn out to be a good gaming experience.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

In retrospect, the delay into 2014 for this game was brilliant. This game has virtually nothing to compete with until nearly the last quarter of the year. Man did this year suck for gaming. Delays everywhere!

archav3n
archav3n

sad industry. marketing and hype sells.

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

Game really isnt that good it's just a half-ass GTA and the hacking is a cheap gimmick, only reason it sold so much is all the marketing hype and the fact there isnt really shitt out on the next-gen consoles yet.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

People are a bunch of hypocrites. Have fun with your BS DRM infested games.

warriors30
warriors30

Congratulations. I haven't bought it yet, but I definitely will at some point.

My theory is that Watch Dogs will replace Assassin's Creed as Ubisoft's flagship franchise. I think Unity will be the last AC game.

cboye18
cboye18

Not a bad game (shooting is good, driving isn't that bad) but it's nothing compared to GTA, Just Cause 2 or even Saints Row. 

Gomtor
Gomtor

While a small vocal minority moan and bitc*, the majority enjoys the game.  Please bring a sequel!

shingui5
shingui5

@Hurvl

Or it symbolises the good ideas that Ubisoft had with the game, for it only to be held back by exceptionally lazy ideas that fill the rest of the game. 

oroelf
oroelf

@West123 They showed nipples a couple times and drop the F bomb several times, thus it's rating.  It's the same thing with PG13 movies, you can only use the F bomb so many times and only partial nudity at best.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@West123 You can kill civilians and cops you will just pay for it by the police becmoing mroe relentless and the civilians fearing you rather than cheering you? isn't that realistic?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@ArchoNils2 Or more of the same, since we now know that this kind of games is profitable, i.e. we've added one more to the "safe list" of game types.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@LeviHarris  Online invasions? This isn't Dark Souls as far as I know. How does that work in a game like this. Can't imagine there is too much variety in character creation let alone builds.

dialtech
dialtech

@freedomzealot I think it's better then any GTA title. I rather be a hacker then a gangster. 

orbit991
orbit991

@freedomzealot  Yea agreed, it has been dry as a desert for the last several months for these semi rpg, sort of open games, great timing on Ubis behalf to capitalize, they shouldn't get their hopes up on the sequel doing as well as in the end it's the same formulaic Ubi type game with a less interesting cast of characters, compared say to Far cry  3.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Stay mad over video games bro...

Hurvl
Hurvl

@HonorOfGod And Watchdogs isn't DRM infested? What do you call Uplay then?

archav3n
archav3n

@warriors30 nope. it will be AC, WD, AC, WD, AC, WD.. infinitium. annual release.

cboye18
cboye18

@warriors30 Assassins Creed is one of the worst games I've ever played in my life. I still remember the horrid of playing it in 2006. I can't believe it actually got sequels.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

This is the why of things.. I really am starting to believe there is this small group of people that like talking about how everything sucks so bad instead of just gaming... Non the less it's fun to read how mad people are over a fuckin game thought so entertain me more emo's

deadline-zero0
deadline-zero0

@Gomtor The silent majority is also the same that buys the millions of COD copies every single year and spends those millions on Candy Crush on a daily basis.


But the standart is different for those game huh? And no, i don't hate WD, COD or CC. Just pointing it out.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@Gomtor Nobody knows who is the majority or the minority.  All we know that the game has sold.


The sequel's numbers would be the test to see that.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@shingui5 @Hurvl Whatever people might say about it, Watchdogs a commercial success, which is "all" that's important. Ubi is happy and we'll probably see another game in 2 years or so.

lumis1985
lumis1985

@oroelf @West123 at least 3 topless scenes later in the game. (Lucky's Sex Club, Sex Auction, and Lucky's Hotel.) 

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

@DrizztDark 

Do I sound angy to you? I guess emotions can be hard to read in text. Just making a comment about the game. I curse too much perhaps.

warriors30
warriors30

@cboye18 @warriors30 That's the point. Who needs 3 more AC games? I really don't. Watch Dogs deserves just as much attention as Assassin's Creed, this game has a lot of potential to become a very successful series.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Hurvl It's only a commercial success because of the unnecessary amount of hype it got way before it was released. No way in hell would it have sold nearly this well if you didn't hear about it every day for the last year and a half.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@freedomzealot  Too bad you can't curse anymore here. Or I guess you just misspell your curse word a bit.