Watch Dogs Ships 8 Million Units, Helping Ubisoft Sales Rise a Massive 374%

Latest earnings report shows sales for open-world game continue to climb as first quarter profit reaches a record €360 million.

Ubisoft today reported earnings for its first quarter ended June 30, announcing that the record-setting open-world action game Watch Dogs shipped more than 8 million units during the quarter, helping the French publisher's total sales jump by 374 percent to €360 million ($489 million). This is ahead of Ubisoft's previous expectation of €310 million in sales ($421 million).

Ubisoft did not say how many Watch Dogs copies have actually been sold. The game sold 4 million units in its first week, but that is the only official sell-through number Ubisoft has released to date. Watch Dogs is expected to sell at least 6 million units during its lifetime, which is the same figure that the original Assassin's Creed did in 2007. It is currently available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, with a Wii U version to follow this fall.

A massive uptick in year-over-year sales is not much of a surprise, given Ubisoft's lineup of new titles released during this quarter last year was sparse, only including games like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

Ubisoft digital sales during the quarter were also on the rise, jumping 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million). This was driven by Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's free-to-play games, and the release of high-profile games like Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

"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," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in a statement. "Its sales performance testifies to Ubisoft's expertise as a creator of blockbuster brands. That expertise enables us to stand out from our competitors at the beginning of each console cycle and therefore to reach a new dimension."

Looking ahead to the current quarter, Ubisoft said it expects second quarter sales to reach about €85 million ($115 million), a significant drop of 61 percent compared to last year. Ubisoft notes that last year's second quarter saw the releases of marquee titles like Splinter Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2014, while this year's only major new release in the quarter is Tetris Ultimate for Xbox One and PS4. For the full year, Ubisoft said it is standing by its previously announced forecast of reaching sales of at least €1.4 billion ($1.9 billion).

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Gen007
Gen007

It's not the greatest game but decent enough and one of the few decent games to play on a next gen console during a pretty bad gaming drought. Most of the exiting stuff got pushed to next year so i can see why it's sold as much as it has.

itzmikeomg
itzmikeomg

Amazing that this POS game sold so many. Just goes to show that gamers have no clue what a true fun game is.

joefox1982
joefox1982

If I could at least climb on the rooftop of a train in this game...

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

So many marketers in the comments, it's hilarious. Nice try Ubisoft.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

For those console players who are unfamiliar with the problems with the PC version, here is an honest synopsis of the situation. The version shown at E3 2012 was different than the final game delivered to PC gamers. There were a number of graphical feature that were in the 2012 demo that didn't make it to the final game; things like field of view, bloom lighting, headlight shadows and improved rain. Showing this stuff at the 2012 demo was wrong and deceptive. Video games often do this at E3 and the main victims aren't PC gamers, usually it is console gamers who are shown a "slice-cut" of the game that is actually a PC version running on higher settings. Intentional gimping your own product makes absolutely no sense and it comes down to performance. From my own person experience Watch Dogs isn't the most optimized game in existence but a lot of the hub-bub I believe comes down to people who torrent it and can't run it due to it's kinda monster recommended settings for the game (amd 8350 for starters.... which to those who don't know is an 8 core AMD proc. running at 4 gz... PS4 / Xbones proc is 8 core underclocked at 1.6 gz). People that can't play it will have a tendency to get on metacritic and whine and give it zeroes.  You just have to have a decent PC (not just a good video card and not-so-good CPU) to run it.  Game was fun not GOTY material but the lowest score I've seen a PC reviewing site give it was a six. Mostly 8's and a few 7's.  They are probably running it on the recommended settings and not the bare minimum, and thus didn't have problems with performance issues.


Have fun with your game and don't listen to the whiners. The sound of 15 neckbeards whining into a cave can sometimes become an echoing boom of mediocrity.

cm_rz
cm_rz

Game is crap. The video is choppy as all hell and I have fairly new rig.

steelmouth
steelmouth

8mil shipped and profits jump by 374%? If this COD sales Activision would have profits fall by 374% not jump 

bourne714
bourne714

I want my sequel to the cel shaded Prince of Persia, and a new Splinter Cell.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It is easy to pick on the flaws about this game.. but the more you play it the more it grows on you. Was well worth the purchase.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

About the closest to a RPG game out right now for new consoles, not as impactful as the first assassin creed 7th gen game but still a welcomed new IP for the next gen and not just another sequel. 

hater-hitman
hater-hitman

Pressing square to hack everything presents no challenge in Watch Dogs. In Assassin's Creed, it pretty much boiled down to R1/X. Ubisoft games have become a vehicle for story & have given-up on challenging us.

The feeling of achievement is the result of failing a challenge, figuring out what it takes to overcome it, executing what you've learned & winning.

While I may not always desire the difficulty of a game like Dark Souls, I do want to be challenged/tested.

Remember the movie Big, with Tom Hanks?

He was defeated repeatedly by the Cavern of the Evil Wizard.

Remember how the solution dawns on him in the end?

This is the essence of gaming & why I love it.

herronjrc
herronjrc

So many negative comments bashing Watchdogs for no reason. It's a fun, very interesting game, I played GTA a lot in the past and this game is so much better.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Too bad this game was all hype and ended up a disappointment.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Picked it up 2 weeks after launch. Was pretty fun...ended up wrapping up most of everything except for a few of the fixer missions. I think people have a tendency to jump on the hype train and hate on this or that or the other. I mean the game wasn't GTA in scope or scale but by listening to a lot of the negative comments about it you would think it was the anti-Christ. Makes you wonder whether a lot of people are more interested in being objective or circle-jerking around the latest game that didn't live up to the perceived hype surrounding it. Yea they showed a slice-cut at E3 2012 and it is a bunch of crap but not the first time that has happened in the video game world. I really doubt they ntentionally nerfed the game to make the consoles look good like you hear in certain neckbeard circles. More likely to cater to the people who can run the game with the minimum recommended settings since they buy games too. Many people have this idea that since they have a 1500$ rig the whole world should revolve around them. Hope Far Cry 4 doesn't suffer too much for it since it will probably be a fun game like the first 3 were.

immortality20
immortality20

My favourite company by far, they just keep making great content. Whether it's small digital titles or awesome new IPs.

TORAZ
TORAZ

this is the best game Ubi made so far, boring but i play it...the point is i recently played Mafia II again and it is so far superior in car handling, damage model, realism, weapon sounds and shooting mechanics that is makes me terribly sad that games are getting dumbed down, more arcade and do not have quality feel... :( even GTA IV car damage was way better than V... :( why things are getting worse???

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I'm happy for Ubisoft; I just wish the game could have turned out a better.  I didn't care for it at all personally.  

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Pretty sad how PC Gamers are still trying to go out their way and try and convince people this game sucks......... Be Grateful You got the game since you tend not to pay for them and even when you do only pay peanuts so stop crying and kiss the ground Ubi Walks on.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Good Job Ubi. Looking Foward to the Next Watchdogs.

rob19ny
rob19ny

You can thank the PS4 for helping out.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I can see how people would enjoy the game, but it is hard for me to play. Got pretty boring, pretty quick. 

orbit991
orbit991

Fortunately I tried it before buying, was bored after 20 minutes. To each he's own though.

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

Personally i thought this game sucked hard, i remember being so excited to play it and then watch all my excitement nose dive down the drain! This game needed at least two more years of polishing... -_-

thalazy
thalazy

I am loving the game so far. I am more focused on all of the side missions and extras before I tackle the campaign missions. This game is going to tide me over until GTA V. Bought the PS4 version instead of the pc for the extra content. There is a lot to do in the game and I can only imagine an annual sequel will kill all that. I say make a sequel every 3 of 4 years like GTA and improve the driving and focus on quality not quantity (in terms of releases).

tommynj
tommynj

Big difference between ships and sells.

ritamray32
ritamray32

Have you ever considered that people have different games

And Watch Dogs IS a "true fun game" for a number gamers

No ?

ritamray32
ritamray32

You can do so

I have done it a lot of times

I

Just watch out for the elevated area on the side of the tracks

gorillazzero
gorillazzero

@herronjrc Most ppl they give negative comments on watch dogs are those who didn't play GTA V

herronjrc
herronjrc

@Sun-Tzu-GE  watchdogs is a great game, so many fun things to do in it. You must be talking about a different game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sun-Tzu-GE I also feel like it's not what I thought it would be, not what I wanted it to be, but the hype machine worked *terribly* well.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

@AzureBonds76  I'm not sure what a "neckbeard" person is or why you dislike them so much but from the looks of your portrait I'm surprised you point out hirsute shortcomings in others.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@immortality20 No, you can't like them, because other people say they are bad and other people always know best when it comes to subjective stuff, like what games you personally like the most  /sarcasm

oflow
oflow

@VoidSECT no amount of polish could redeem the game.  Putting a ribbon on a turd doesnt make it a good present lol.

I imagine if the game actually had some indepth hacking and allowed players to chose sides in the actual story (like a player versus player race to the finish)  it might have some redemption.

jellyman68
jellyman68

Most people buy the game before they play it. Sales don't reflect how many people were disappointed. I'm one of those 8 million who were left disappointed by it.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@cratecruncher  Here is one of the definitions from urban dictionary of neckbeard.


4.

Neckbeard A socially inept individual. Smug/self-important for no reason, or shy unless with fellow Neckbeards. When spoken to, will quickly reveal extremely limited social experience. To a normal person they will be definitively near-autistic or aspy.

Visual cues:

1. Fedora.
2. Trenchcoat.
3. Overdressed.
3. Greasy hair
4. Ponytail.
5. beard on the neck region
6. Pedostache.
7. Wears all black.
8. Wears all red.
9. Odd eye behavior, similar to low self esteem (avoiding, darting, or over-compensational staring).
10. Hand placement. Instead of pockets, usually leave them at sides or cross them.
11. Will watch totalbiscuit in 240p but not play games that are less than 30fps

12.Constantly hijacks video game threads and proclaims the greatness of PC gaming and the peasantry of console gamers
You can assume:
-virgin
-furry
-live in their parent's basement
-watch anime
-read manga
-inflated, hollow self esteem
-will laugh at things that arent very funny
-are or were obese
-educated slightly better than the average person
-will NOT understand the Neckbeard concept


Notice the last sentence in the description?

ritamray32
ritamray32

I played it both on XBOX 360 and PS4

And it can be done on both actually

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

@AzureBonds76 @cratecruncher  Furry virgins who wear fedoras? Lame.  I was just having a joke but it escapes me why you are so obsessed with this stereotype. You don't like pc snobs lording over console players.  I get that.  But you'll earn more respect using your own wit rather than parroting someone else's insults. 

joefox1982
joefox1982

Show me. Pls.

Tuersday I will play again and record it.

ritamray32
ritamray32

Uhh just go to a L-train station

Walk for a bit on the tracks

And you'll see a red platform

Climb on top and hop on the train

ritamray32
ritamray32

Yeah that sucks actually

But looking at the bright side it is actually fun to discover how to ride on top of a train