Clearly it wasn’t just us that liked Watch_Dogs: the game drove up Ubisoft’s first-quarter sales revenue to a whopping 360 million Euros, a figure that’s 374% up from last year’s earnings in the same period. It even exceeded the company’s own expectations of 310 million Euros.
This is according to the company’s latest earnings report that was published yesterday. So far, Ubisoft has shipped eight million copies of the game worldwide, and while that isn’t necessarily an indication that eight million gamers have bought it, it’s good enough to have given Ubi the 374% earnings boost.
Apparently Ubisoft is also making in-roads on the digital front, as sales there were 149% higher than the previous year. Watch_Dogs also had a hand in that, but three other games – Trials Fusion, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts The Great War – made their own contributions to the success of Ubi’s digital strategy.
Interestingly, the company made a fuss of its E3 performance in the earnings report, citing the popularity of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 at the trade show according to Gamespot’s Trax E3 Chart as proof that gamers and media alike recognise Ubisoft’s commitment to making quality games. Since we’ve been suitably impressed with what we’ve seen of both games so far, that assessment isn’t far off at all.
Numbers aside, we were very happy to read Yves Guillemot’s thoughts on Watch_Dogs at the end of the statement that included the following: “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.”
That means sequels, people, and lots of them. Can I get a hack yeah?[Source – Ubisoftgroup.com]