Ghost Recon: Wildlands is 2017’s biggest sales hit (so far)

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I didn’t like Ghost Recon: Wildlands all that much – but I knew I wouldn’t, going in. The game’s odd missions structures, co-op focus and jingoism meant it was never going to be the sort of thing I’d invest my time in. But I’m obviously an outlier. The game has proven to be unfathomably popular, and has been sitting near the top of the sales charts since its release.

According to Ubisoft, it’s actually the biggest game of the year to date. That’s what they say in their financial report, which was released yesterday. It’s helped Ubisoft exceed its own fiscal predictions for the year- besting their expectations of €170.0 million quarterly sales. They actually managed €202.1 million, up 45.2% over the previous quarter

“Fueled by the digital segment – which saw a sharp increase in player recurring investment – as well as a strong showing from our back catalog, our sales for the first quarter of 2017-18 came in well ahead of our targets, up 45%, despite the fact that there were no major new releases during the period”, Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and CEO stated.

“At this year’s E3, our teams presented an outstanding line-up and I would like to thank them for their amazing work which has been recognized by the entire industry. Our games have generated enormous enthusiasm among the player community, which supports our expectations for the full year.”

Thanks to our increasing ability to engage players over the long term, combined with our unique creative strengths, we are even more confident of achieving our targets for 2017-18 and 2018-19”, he added. “We expect both of these factors to continue being key drivers of value creation in the coming years.”

Ubisoft likely has a great quarter ahead, too. They’ve got one of the most intriguing Switch exclusives coming in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, along with a new Rainbow Six Siege expansions, and new content for For Honor. Later this year, there’s the impending release of Assassin’s Creed Origins, this time set in Egypt.

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Last Updated: July 19, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Mark Treloar

    Is thes actual retail sales or are they counting the millions of free copies bundled with Nvidia GPU sales?

    • It’s actual sales. Game has been at or near the top of the NPD retail charts since release.

  • MonsterCheddar

    “But I’m obviously an outlier.”

    HEH. I can think of a few obvious things to rather call you….. <3

  • MonsterCheddar

    Awesome game. I have just spent so much time in it, that I burned myself out and need a break. Will play again in a few months.

  • Hammersteyn

    Was fun, but they went way over the top with the side quests

    • MonsterCheddar

      Yep. I think that is what makes the game feel like work after a while, taking the fun element out of it.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Will get it on sale sometime – just have so much other games I need to get through and now PUBG is taking all my addiction …

  • Magoo

    You totally didn’t mention Far Cry 5. That’s all I can think about when I hear Ubisoft. :S

    • That’s because it’s only out in February *next year*. Not at all pertinent to this discussion. 😉

      • Magoo

        Right. “has a great quarter ahead”
        Next time..

  • Peter Pan

    It is strange how popular Wildlands was. I mean, while I haven’t played any of it myself as I’m waiting for the game to hit the bargain bin, I’ve seen quite a few gameplay videos and there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the game. Maybe Ubisoft struck it lucky with the release period…

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