Ubisoft Happy With Watch Dogs 2 Sales Despite “Soft” Launch
The slow start that Watch Dogs 2 had is well documented, but Ubisoft is happy with how the sequel has performed. In a financial call Ubisoft Founder Yves Guillemot said that he was “happy” with the sales of the open-world hacking game. He attributed the game’s longer tail to the game being well received by critics and fans, and that there was a strong word-of-mouth surrounding the title.
Guillemot also revealed that Watch Dogs 2 has now surpassed the sales of the most recent Assassin’s Creed release (Syndicate). He also stated that Ubisoft is changing its focus on game development towards creating a smaller number of games (they only have four games set to release between April 2017 and March 2018), although each would be a AAA title. To complement this strategy, ongoing support of titles will be more important. This can already be seen with how Rainbow Six Siege and The Division have performed.
Watch Dogs 2 released on November 15, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. PlayStation LifeStyle’s review of the game was positive with the reviewer praising the quality of its open-world:
I loved every moment of Watch Dogs 2 when it wasn’t trying its best to be an action movie. The most fun I had was exploring a virtual San Francisco, pretending to be a 21st century Robin Hood, and taking photos of seals. There are so many rad ideas in Watch Dogs 2 and so many of them take a backseat in order to deliver a focus-tested wide-appealing AAA video game in the main campaign. Thankfully, those elements are still there, you just have to look a little harder to find them.