Watch Dogs to sell around 6 million units

Ubisoft says after E3 showing, sales expectations boosted for open-world game to above 6.2 million.

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After its showing at E3 this year, Ubisoft has decided to boost sales projections for open-world game Watch Dogs. In a post-earnings financial call today, Ubisoft management said the game is now expected to sell modestly better than the original Assassin's Creed, which moved 6.2 million copies.

"What is true is that three months ago when we announced our results, we were kind of referencing that we, in our plan, we had built up Watch Dogs with expectation slightly below what Assassin's Creed 1 did when it was first released--and it was 6.2 million," a Ubisoft director said. "So after E3, what we said today was that we do feel that we can expect…slightly above the 6.2 million that Assassin's Creed did."

Watch Dogs launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on November 19. The Xbox One and PS4 versions will release sometime this holiday.

For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Watch Dogs.

Discussion

230 comments
Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

There sales were hurt when the E3 2012 trailer didn't look like what it looks right now. So I say just be glad it even sold 4 million.

Karjah
Karjah

Wow that's pretty damn arrogant to expect over 6 million in sales off the first entry in a new franchise.  

Holla27
Holla27

Yea im going to wait till its dirt cheap i am going to spend most of time with Co-Op games on next gen like i have been doing this gen.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Me thinks they doth have great expectations...and will be disappointed come sales time.

That being said I will definitely be one number in those sales figures.

Pandajuicy
Pandajuicy

Sales predictions like this ultimately hurt the gaming industry because that's an almost unachievable mark for a $60 AAA game to hit and it isn't fair on the developers. Such projections hurt Crystal Dynamics and Tomb Raider because SqEnix considered 4 million units sold a failure despite it being a brilliant game and thus a promising, gamer friendly franchise is put in jeopardy.

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

I have a feeling they won't sell 6.2 million....they should have set maybe 2 mill max. Because it's a new IP.

AdamWiermaa
AdamWiermaa

Not this crap again. It looks fine and all, but I am just not sure it is going to come together to capitalize on its potential. I also think that 6.2 million units for a new franchise is really overstepping it.... while AC might have been capable of that, surely it is the exception, rather than the rule. I'd say maybe around half that would be more sensible.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

hope its good ubisoft. looks promising soo far although the shine is kind of wearing off everytime i see more footage

tightwad34
tightwad34

Not a good idea to have expectations that high. You know what they say, if you never get your hopes up you won't be disappointed. Although, in the case of making money that may hurt them a bit. I don't know why, but I'm not very excited for this game.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

I think this game is going to flop it might sell if its on all game consoles and pc

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Bet it won't have more DLC  than Sleeping Dogs. Second thought, I think it will. 

telaros
telaros

Their face when 3.4 million...

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

The only reason I may not pre-order Watch Dogs is because of Batman: Arkham Origins, which comes out first. I haven't decided yet.

thezenhu
thezenhu

No matter what it sells it is going to be a trendsetter and an awesome ride.  It seems to have a long single-player story that could possibly go on forever!!!  My kind of game!!  Day1 limited edition purchase PS4!!!

kid_Jump94
kid_Jump94

nothing good ever comes from predicting like that, they should be like 5 million and 6.2 tops!

HexOmega95
HexOmega95

I'm not really excited for this one unfortunately : /

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Since it is being released on all systems (including PC), they might be right.

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

well, the game looks awesome with great graphics, but i'll wait for the reviews to see if i buy it for my ps3

david60639
david60639

Let's rally our investors only to fail to meet our bloated expectations and blame someone else later.

berethor099
berethor099

So how long does this game have to sell 6.2 mil?  Is that an ENTIRE year?  If, so than maybe I c ould see it happening barring could reviews.  AC 1 got great reviews and so the sales increased.  If this game flops than it won't come near to that 6.2  

Tread lightly Ubisoft...tread lightly. 

Dreamcast86
Dreamcast86

Can I give me Xbone to my Watch Dog?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'm really hoping that Watchdogs on Wii U has a real time cell phone app that you can use and it doesn't break up the action in the game. It would make the game more challenging and you'd be able to see exactly what he would see on his phone. 

Slyqc
Slyqc

Thats quite a huge number, but gotta admit I'll get it, that's gonna be the first game I'll play on the next-gen console.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Let me wear my Michael Pachter costume, and imagine the top 10 game charts in the U.S of this year:

1- Call of Duty: K-9

2- Madden 2014

3- Battlefield 4

4- Fifa 2014

5- GTA V

6- Assassin's Creed: Black Flag

7- Watch Dogs

8- The Last of Us

9- Pokémon X and Y

10- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

I'll still wait for reviews before committing to buy. if ever. 

svaubel
svaubel

Have fun with that Ubisoft. Continue the trend of stupidly high expectations.

eBentl
eBentl

That's it Ubisoft, raise your projections, because they've be going so well for you over the past year haven't they?

lilj2626
lilj2626

Ok so as my boi Gordon say n WALL STREET Speculation is da MOTHER of EVIL?? DAM stop speculatin ish wen u Dont kno???Dogs cud flop kinda like Sleep Dogs did  by da way i wonder if THIS  is A SEQUEL???Meantime companies need to stop tryna figga how a game gon do til it cum out??Ubi ben cryn bout game sales lately but wanna speculate on dis YAWS DONT KNO dang wait 3 mths den say well it cud sell dis or dat its OK to say dis game shud b GOOD n sell WELL u NEVA put a # on it cuz u cud b WAYYYY wrong??these companies betta learn Dont speculate Nutn til it cum out PERIOD

hishamramzan
hishamramzan

watch dogs is awesome, but i dont think it can beat GTA V

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

the more they show about WD the less I get excited, the first trailer was fantastic, the rest degraded from good to meh :(

soulless4now
soulless4now

I bet they'll cut that sales projection in half by early next year. 

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

This may actually happen, as the game is going to be on current and next gen consoles, so the market is rather large.  And I wouldn't be surprised if people get this over AC4 to start with (though, l may go with AC4 since I've been wanting a good pirate game for a while).

Gordon_Shock
Gordon_Shock

Ok so guys let's pass the word and not buy it in the first week, just to f""k with them a little. Sure would love to see their faces if we would :)

cboye18
cboye18

Eh, their games are lacking fun, as most games do nowadays. Also, they are quite delusional if they think they're going to sell that much with a game we honestly don't know yet...

rasterror
rasterror

I have mine pre ordered for my One.  I can't wait.  This game looks very exciting.

bgna8980
bgna8980

It may be a lot but it seems more reasonable than most people realize. Seeing as how GTA V releases in early September and this is one of the launch titles for next gen, a total sales figure of 6.2 million would make sense. With the hype that this game has been getting it may really hit it off. AC3 sold really well more than 11 million copies in total. Ubisoft even though they milk their franchises they are known for producing quality games especially on their new IPs, I wouldn't be surprised if they hit the 6.2 million mark. Although the Division may cut into their sales, even though they are both developed by Ubisoft.

TwinSnakes1989
TwinSnakes1989

Call Of Duty, Battlefield, Grand Theft Auto. Ubisofts own Assassins Creed and Rayman Legends. With all these heavy hitters coming out in a small timeframe you might be asking too much thinking it can push 6 million units. 

punisher1
punisher1

@Karjah agreed. You can bet many people will just cancel and get it when it's cheaper this time next year. Many people only where getting this day 1 because the system would be out this year.

punisher1
punisher1

@Pandajuicy It hurts in many ways because some people will just say "you know what my PS3/X-box 360 is fine right now and I got plenty of games to play. I'll just wait a while and get both when they come down in price. 

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Pandajuicy 12 mio people bought AC 3, 12 mio people bought Diablo 3, 16 mio people bought BF3, 25 mio people bought GTA IV....

I would say pretty reasonable expecations.... ;)

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

@tightwad34  I would rather have expectations high and online play work right off the bat rather than expectations low and have to look at a “waiting for server” message for an hour and a half each time I try to play the game.

96augment
96augment

@Diegoctba GTA V won't be that low on the list. GTA games usually sell around 10 to 15 million units in the first year.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Maybe Batman: Arkham Origins on the place of The Last of Us.

Whatever, probably it's totally wrong.

SKErwin
SKErwin

@cboye18 Games this year are more interesting than 2 years ago

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

@TwinSnakes1989 I really hope that Ubisoft hits a wall. They're milking their franchises a little too much, they have 3 studio developing 3 AC at the same time, it's ridiculous. 

cboye18
cboye18

There are a lot of 10 year old games I still play and enjoy, while games mostly from this gen just feels empty when done finishing them. Cheats and decent replayabilty are gone for the sake of scamming you with dlc and other crap.