Watch Dogs sells 8 million

Hacker action now a "major franchise"

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Watch Dogs has sold more than eight million units, according to Ubisoft. 

In a first-quarter financial report today, Ubisoft announced the impressive number and credited it in part for the sales exceeding its stated targets. The announcement states those are sell-in figures. 

The number isn't entirely surprising, given that Watch Dogs broke Ubisoft's own internal records for new IP pre-orders and first-day sales, and first-week sales. 

"The success of Watch Dogs and the quality of our games portfolio presented at this year's E3 highlight our strategic positioning as well as our continuous drive for innovation, and affirm our long-term approach," CEO Yves Guillemot said in the announcement. "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."

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    July 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Watch Dogs sells 8 million.

    Hacker action now a "major franchise"

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      July 10, 2014 2:08 PM

      Guess this means we'll see EVEN MORE third person open world games!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        July 10, 2014 2:16 PM

        You know what? I'll take more third-person open world games set in interesting/enjoyable universes over more generic corridor shooters any day of the week.

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          July 10, 2014 4:13 PM

          Ehh the generic shooter is not really doing so hot anymore. Everything must be open world now.
          I'd like my game to have interesting characters, is why I skipped Watch_Doge.

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        July 10, 2014 2:23 PM

        But... I like third person open world games :

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          July 10, 2014 2:46 PM

          Hey, if the profits from this mean Ubisoft will be more willing to finance another Rayman, then I guess it's alright.

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            July 10, 2014 9:17 PM

            Yes yes yes, very much agreed.

            Also Beyond Good & Evil 2.

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        July 10, 2014 4:12 PM

        Instead of another CoD? Bring it on.

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      July 10, 2014 3:57 PM

      Can't wait until he parcours up buildings to hack radio towers to uncover the map and then jumps into an open garbage truck.

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        July 10, 2014 4:23 PM

        That actually happened to me... except it was train I jumped onto.

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        July 11, 2014 4:20 AM

        This is pretty close to actual gameplay, except for the 'jump to an open garbage truck' part.

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      July 10, 2014 4:28 PM

      It really is a AAA game. I wonder how many systems it moved for both ps4 and x-box one? I wonder how many PC gamers, like me, beefed up their rigs for this?

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      July 10, 2014 4:31 PM

      I know the trend is to hate everything Ubisoft but I'm glad this did well. A new franchise to explore, and a pretty good first outing are good things. Looking forward to see where they take the story now. Maybe different protagonists for every game like assassins creed?

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        July 10, 2014 4:36 PM

        Ubisoft does some asinine shit on the business side, but I generally respect the games they make and the way they handle development.

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          July 11, 2014 3:02 AM

          They've got some great dev studios. Montreal and Montpellier in particular.

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        July 10, 2014 4:48 PM

        It needs to follow Aiden and T-Bone and their helpers. The characters were fantastic.

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        July 11, 2014 12:13 AM

        It's fun and fresh. I kind of wish it was a bit more futuristic though given the year the game was set in. Like being able to hack Uber/Lyft cars or having automated cars to mess around with.

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        July 11, 2014 3:26 AM

        I don't hate everything Ubisoft, just uPlay. I probably would have picked it up without that.

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      July 10, 2014 4:38 PM

      The game definitely has its faults but I've been enjoying it.

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        July 10, 2014 4:51 PM

        Oh yeah, it's not a perfect game by any means but the hate it got at release was way out of proportion to what it deserved.

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          July 10, 2014 5:04 PM

          Agreed. It was people hating just to hate.

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            July 10, 2014 5:11 PM

            Right. No way anyone legitimately disliked the game.

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              July 10, 2014 5:14 PM

              Stop trolling, it doesn't have to be one extreme or the other, and you know it. Anyone can legitimately dislike any game, but people who were wishing it failed because they hate Ubisoft or because "OMG the graphics are slightly worse!!" were over reacting, plain and simple.

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                July 11, 2014 12:21 AM

                People were wishing it to fail because it represents one of a dozen games that are indistinguishable from each other and dreadfully boring to play.

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                  July 11, 2014 1:53 AM

                  All things that are opinions. Clearly eight million or more people disagree.

                  Also wishing for a large game like this to fail is almost the same as saying that you don't care if the people working on it lost their jobs, because that's exactly what would happen.

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                  July 11, 2014 3:24 AM

                  "People" do not wish for games to fail. People wish for fun games to play. The small group of individuals who get some twisted pleasure out of failures of companies they somehow perceive to be the harbingers of evil are just that... a small but vocal group of people who place a little too much personal time and energy into being upset about things.

                  WD has a fair amount of shortcoming and it's usually nowhere close to realizing it's potential, but what's there is of arguably good quality. I've done a lot of things in the game that haven't been possible in any other game before. It's amazing that people are able to pick THIS game as some kind of example of using the same old mold, when we get our yearly doses of shooters, sports games and strategy games with the exact same sets of mechanics.

                  WD is a little-worse-than-expected game targeted by a angry gamers looking to be angry about something. Just like ME3 and many others before it. Just my 2c, but for any normal person it's simply a choice between not buying and buying the game, just like with any other consumer product. I don't see the need to go around telling people who enjoy the game that they really shouldn't enjoy it.

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                  July 11, 2014 3:32 AM

                  Feel free to name the dozen games you're incapable of distinguishing from Watch Dogs.

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          July 11, 2014 8:21 AM

          What ppl dont like about WD (and many other AAA titles) is the the constant marketing BS we have to deal with, and then listen to those same phuking Marketing nimrods talking to us like we are a bunch of idiots when we call out on the BS.
          In any other industry there would be constant false advertising cases brought up, but in gaming world... oh no - here the consumer takes i the ass like big boy.

          oh and thumbs up for the ppl who are actually making these games :) we are cool with you guys (usually)

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      July 11, 2014 3:00 AM

      Hoping the franchise is like Assassin's Creed, where the second game is actually fun.

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      July 11, 2014 3:44 AM

      I just can't enjoy this game. Every time I attempt to play it I turn it off 20 mins later in frustration. I think I'm burnt out on all shitty side stuff that Ubisoft crams into their games now and that recent analogy of hoovering is spot on. I'm more looking forward to playing GTAV again on the PS4!

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        July 11, 2014 3:50 AM

        The side missions aren't very strong in WD for me either. I just stopped doing them and played through the main missions. Didn't have any problems doing so, maybe worth a shot if it's the side content bumming you out?

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          July 11, 2014 10:00 AM

          Yeah I will make another attempt to hammer through the story before moving onto something else.

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      July 11, 2014 3:51 AM

      Too much gta in this one for my taste. I enjoyed the ac & Deus Ex elements but then the overall story wasn't great either.

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      July 11, 2014 5:53 AM

      that totally real and not gay commercial totally sold me on watch dogs.

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      July 11, 2014 12:50 PM

      I think watch_dogs rocks and I was blown away when a few weeks ago I checked the leaderboards on Xbone and I was ranked 55th in the world at watch_dogs!! I have now ranked up to 2nd in the wolrd at watch_dogs on xbox one!! Proof here ---> http://youtu.be/2hP5IDb8SMw

      If you guys want any tips or want to play free roam then hit me up on youtube, facebook or here!! Happy hacking!!!

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      July 13, 2014 1:51 PM

      There simply is no God, when trash like this sells 8 million but Original Sin has to get Kickstarted. At least Sniper 3 quenched the offense of this turd. Thanks 505.

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      July 13, 2014 3:13 PM

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