Ubisoft confirms lower-than-expected sales for Watch Dogs 2

The publisher is happy with the sequel's critical praise.


Earlier today, Ubisoft confirmed reports that week-one sales for Watch Dogs 2 fell short of expectations.

"It is true that first-day and first-week sales for a number of big games, including Watch Dogs 2 and titles from our competitors, are comparatively lower than previous versions in previous years," a company representative said in a statement to GameSpot.

Like EA and Respawn with Titanfall 2, Ubisoft has its eye on Watch Dogs 2's long game.

"However, we expect both week-two and week-three sales to be above traditional sales patterns. There is a trend toward games, especially high-quality games, having stronger and longer 'tails' as favorable reviews and word of mouth spread. Watch Dogs 2 is already considered a tremendous addition to the open-world action adventure series and we're confident that millions of players are going to love it."

In the same statement, Ubisoft expressed confidence thanks to the positive response from both critics and players. Shacknews editor Brittany Vincent gave Watch Dogs 2 an 8 in her review, citing engaging content, hacking opportunities, and the open world.

Some technical snags could be responsible for slowing Watch Dogs 2's momentum. The game's seamless open world, one of its biggest selling points, was inactive at launch. Developers hoped to roll out a patch to fix the mode over the weekend, but it still doesn't work as of this writing. 

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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