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8 million copies of Watch Dogs shipped; Ubisoft calling it a "major franchise"

Watch Dogs ships 8 million

In its quarterly financial report, Ubisoft has revealed that it’s shipped over 8 million copies of its new IP, Watch Dogs. That doesn’t equate to 8 million copies sold, rather it’s how many units have been shipped to retail outlets. This doesn’t include downloads, which would bump it up quite a bit. 

In my Watch Dogs review, I criticised the game for struggling to find an identity and for its boring protagonist, but there were moments of brilliance found within. The IP has potential, it just wasn’t very well realised. The game’s success means that future titles could do this, though. 

“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," said CEO Yves Guillemot. "Its sales performance testifies to Ubisoft's expertise as a creator of blockbuster brands.”

So we’re definitely not done with Watch Dogs, which isn’t really a surprise given Ubisoft’s penchant for franchise-building. The hacking and strong multiplayer are certainly worth exploring further.

 As Ubisoft is determined to make everything open world, it’s unlikely to happen, but I’d love to see Ubisoft Montreal create a more focused hacking game that feels expansive because of the mechanical options and not just because it’s set in a huge, open city. 

What would you lovely lot like to see from future games in the series? 

Cheers, Eurogamer.

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Shriven Avatar
3 Years ago

Well, they wont bet getting my money again.

RavenHawk Avatar
3 Years ago

Well it's not like it was necessarily a bad game. I can think of far worse titles. That being said, I compare it mostly to Assassin's Creed 1 - solid, but very repetitive.

It definitely under delivered compared to what they hyped it up to be, but I'm still interested to see what they'll do with sequels.

luttman23 Avatar
3 Years ago

I'm thinking they may have made a good deal of sales on the promises they made. Many people have changed their minds after playing the actual game.

agent1138 Avatar
3 Years ago

what a load of shit

Clutchy Avatar
3 Years ago

The Hype Train destroyed an already flawed game. I tried to play it. I tried to like it. But I couldn't. I tried.

UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
3 Years ago

Ubisoft was guaranteed to get a "major franchise" from the start. Build up enough hype, have outrageously expensive pre-orders, and have a sequel-bait ending will pretty much get you a franchise. Will people buy the others like they bought this? Probably not as much.

Mountain_Man Avatar
3 Years ago

Too bad it's a thoroughly mediocre game.