Far Cry 5 Is Fastest Selling Entry In Franchise History

Ubisoft must be happier than a pig (being attacked by a bobcat that gets attacked by a bear that accidentally blows up a gas station) in s**t.


Far Cry 5 garnered lots of interest when it was revealed due to a shift in environment and hints at a serious shift in tone. While the tonal shift turned out to be as real the claims in a typical presidential tweet, the chaos that the series is known for has been delivered in spades. As it turns out, people like to blow things up and Far Cry 5 offers those types of opportunities in spades. The result is that the game has doubled the first week sell-through of Far Cry 4 and has become the second-fastest selling game in Ubisoft history (trailing The Division).

Ubisoft claims that more than half of the first week sales were from digital storefronts, continuing the trend of gamers moving away from brick and mortar sellers. Additionally, Ubisoft says that Far Cry 5 has seen 55,000 hours worth of Twitch streams and more than 117 million views on Youtube. Far Cry 5 is basically The Beatles of blowing up bison with C4.

Dan Hay, executive producer on Far Cry 5, had this to say about the game’s early success, “I'm proud that the culmination of years of passionate work from the team is paying off, and that Far Cry 5's experience resonates with so many people. We are humbled by players' reception of Far Cry 5 and fired up to keep growing and supporting the Far Cry community in the months and years to come."

If you were one of the millions of Far Cry 5 buyers to travel to Montana and fish with dynamite, check out our extensive guides for Far Cry 5 and get a leg up on all the insanity that awaits you.

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    April 4, 2018 10:00 AM

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      April 4, 2018 10:28 AM

      Good for them, the game is great.

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        April 4, 2018 10:30 AM

        concur. it's a lot of fun. they let the player get super powerful super easily, and just have a good time.

        this almost feels like Saints Row in Montana. the story is just some filler to the combat capabilities in the open world. they finally got the right "fill amount" so to speak, where you have enough bad guys to feel like it's not empty, but not so many it's a chore.

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        April 4, 2018 12:53 PM

        Totally agree, the game is awesome I am really happy for them.

        I just hope those three DLC's are as good, that would be crazy!

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      April 4, 2018 10:37 AM

      And the first one I've ever played. Great game so far.

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      April 4, 2018 10:38 AM

      Game is pure unadulterated fun. Good news for them and myself since I get a Far Cry 6 some daty.

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        April 4, 2018 11:00 AM


        Where would you like the next Far Cry to be set?

        I am thinking South or Central America. Argentina strikes me as ideal since patagonia would lead to a lot of opportunities for pretty.

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      April 4, 2018 11:21 AM

      Itching to buy Far Cry 5 so bad, but can't justify the $100-$150 CDN at the moment (especially not with my big backlog). Love to know how it compares in sales to Assassin's Creed: Origins. And for that matter, if they sold many copies of Rogue remastered.

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        April 4, 2018 11:23 AM

        The Creative Director for Far Cry 2 (Clint Hocking) has been back at Ubisoft for almost 2 years now working on an "unnamed project", and I thought maybe it was going to be Far Cry 5, but it was not. Curious to see what that's all about.

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        April 4, 2018 11:23 AM

        P.S. Please bring back Splinter Cell!

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      April 4, 2018 12:08 PM

      game is ehhhh.. ok.. shackhype is strong with this one

      My problems with farcry 5 are mostly :
      meeeeh story, even worse ending,
      bad bad bad friendly AI,
      terrible cut scene interruptions (I know you were almost done with that mission but its cut-scene time.. and now start over asshole),
      random physics / pathing problems (skyrim style),
      10000s of enemies all over the fucking place can't even fish in peace, and they constantly interrupt whatever conversation your allies are trying to have / missions you are trying to do.
      Buy silver bars for real $ to unlock stuff early? bullshit

      Good stuff:
      A few really fun side missions
      Some good friendly, funny, characters
      very pretty

      This game feels like it was made by two separate teams of people:
      1: good team - funny, goofy, good graphics, explosions, red blooded Americans kicking ass
      2: bad team - shitty story trying to be serious, bad cut-scenes, bad ending

      I have a feeling the season pass content will be awesome (totally separate stories)
      Wait for sale

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        April 4, 2018 12:20 PM

        Buy silver bars for real $ to unlock stuff early? bullshit

        I'll go ahead and put this one to rest. You'll have enough in-game cash and free silver from safes to buy whatever you want fairly quickly. No reason to spend real money unless you have it to burn and want to. Also you're only unlocking skins early.

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          April 4, 2018 1:37 PM

          But I want my 5.11 outfit. Hah
          You are correct, in all seriousness I don’t see the silver being used that much at all, but it is just a blatant money grab. Just my frustrations in the cash grabs leaking thru :(

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            April 4, 2018 2:05 PM

            It's such a bizarre implentation of it. I know it's common response to say "Yeah they have real world transactions, but you can grind for it all in game!!" and it's always almost impossible to do without 500 hours of play time. But this one, you gain ingame money so rapidly that you can buy half of the items with ingame currency just on a normal campaign playthrough.

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            April 4, 2018 2:06 PM

            it's barely a grab. it's more of a side ploy "if you have rampant ADD and are easily frustrated, you can pay money to bypass what is trivially easy in the game to acquire"

            a grab would be "the RPG requires real world money, no matter what"

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      April 4, 2018 2:03 PM

      unf, good for them, game is great - solid 9 in my books

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      April 6, 2018 3:16 PM

      Why are the doped up animals referred to as judges?

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