Ubisoft happy with Watch Dogs 2 sales after “soft” launch, as publisher lines up for the new year

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Ubisoft happy with Watch Dogs 2 sales

It might not have ever seemed the case before release, but Watch Dogs 2 turned out to be one of the more memorable experiences of last year when it came down to it.  Ubisoft had unequivocally listened to critique, delivering a sequel that was more about hacking, less about all out shooting and a hell of a lot more engaging to play. Truth is that the first title burned a lot of people, and hence sales for its superior sequel stagnated at first. Thankfully, Ubisoft is happy that’s changed.

During a lengthy earnings call yesterday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot expressed his happiness with the way Watch Dogs 2 sales had turned around in the weeks after its launch. Ubisoft first described it as “soft”, with initial sales falling well below the first Watch Dogs. Its predecessor had a lot to do with that, coupled with the reality of the release window being incredibly crowed too. But critical acclaim and word of mouth spun that around, and Ubisoft is happy with the series overall.

Right now, Watch Dogs 2 has already exceeded sales of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – an equally improved game that was the nail in the coffin for the series’ annual releases. And although Watch Dogs isn’t aiming to replace that spot, Ubisoft ensured fans that they would be putting out four AAA titles within the next fiscal year (ending on April 1st 2018).

The first is definitely South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which has suffered yet another delay into a vague 2017 release window. The rest are a little less certain, with the possibility of Assassin’s Creed returning still being on the table and the chance that Beyond Good and Evil 2 launches this year. Ubisoft is using the less stressed release timetable to focus on their existing titles, with For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands both releasing in the next few weeks.

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But things seem to be very positive over at the French publishing house. Even if Vivendi has calmed down only briefly.

Last Updated: February 10, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Original Heretic

    Go figure, this French company is running away from its release dates.

  • PurplePariah

    Technically every launch of theirs is soft. It’s literally in their name.

    • Ir0nseraph

      XD

    • Admiral Chief

      UbiSoftSoft

      DAMMIT MOON MOON

    • One of those 50/50 soft wet farts

      • PurplePariah

        It’s too early in the week for throwing up in the mouth a little.

        • … it’s Friday

          xD

          • PurplePariah

            EXACTLY!

            XD

    • MonsterCheddar

      You can say they like to serve it soft.

  • Ir0nseraph

    I grabbed Watch Dogs 2 on sale, it was good and nice to see they have seen the light that a man can’t buy every damn game released in November.

  • This is a title I will play once I have finished HL3.

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