Watch Dogs 2 is doing higher than early studies indicated, which have to be a aid to Ubisoft.
Watch Dogs 2‘s launch window gross sales had been described as “soft” throughout Ubisoft’s post-financials launch briefing at this time.
Despite this admission, Ubisoft remained bullish on the franchise, saying that robust gross sales adopted launch as a result of constructive word-of-mouth buzz. The writer is “happy” with Watch Dogs 2’s efficiency, CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned, and commented that these wholesome gross sales are essential for the long run way forward for the Watch Dogs franchise.
Watch Dogs 2 UK release sales were well down on the first game’s performance, and it came in eighth on the NPD’s November charts – though it was a crowded month, thoughts.
At launch, Ubisoft mentioned it was “incredibly happy” with crucial and participant response to Watch Dogs 2 and anticipated the constructive reception to result in a great gross sales tail. Looks prefer it was proper on the cash, there.
Though Ubisoft didn’t give arduous numbers on Watch Dogs 2’s gross sales so far, it did say it has already out-performed Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which got here out a 12 months earlier.
Syndicate was the final Assassin’s Creed sport earlier than Ubisoft suddenly put the franchise on hold after years of annual sequels. It’s a disgrace, actually; though it suffered the identical weaknesses as different sequence entries and multi-studio open world video games normally, Syndicate had a variety of factors in its favour and was an enchancment on the notoriously broken Assassin’s Creed: Unity – the sport seemingly chargeable for Syndicate’s subdued gross sales and Assassin’s Creed going away until, perhaps, 2018.
Speaking of which, Ubisoft mentioned it has simply 4 triple-A releases coming between April 2017 and March 2018 – one in every of which is the delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole – and had in actual fact elected to not launch a fifth deliberate triple-A sport, however as an alternative deal with supporting an present title at the moment having fun with highly effective engagement.
Ubisoft will likely be actively supporting six dwell video games this 12 months (I assume it means For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, Steep and The Crew), which is a brand new document for the writer – so it in all probability doesn’t want any further triple-A releases to cope with on high of all that.
No thought what the three unaccounted for triple-A releases are. Assassin’s Creed may come again sooner than anticipated, and Far Cry in all probability has one other launch in it. It appears a little bit early for a sequel to The Division, however The Crew could be good for an additional go spherical.