Sales data recently provided by Ubisoft shows that the Mario series is the second biggest-selling franchise since 2005. Unsurprisingly it’s Activison’s behemoth Call of Duty which is the best-selling video game franchise in the world. Wii Fit for the original Wii comes in at number six. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is placed at number four and the Just Dance series is placed at number thirteen. You can see the best-selling franchises in the chart above.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is confident that the company will sell 6.3 million copies of its highly anticipated title, Watch Dogs. Guillemot says that the lofty goal has been set because of the incredibly popular Assassin’s Creed franchise. Watch Dogs is due for release for the majority of consoles on May 27th. The Wii U version of the game will come at a later date..
There will be two Assassin’s Creed games coming this Christmas to consoles. The first is Assassin’s Creed Unity which is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The second is currently known as Assassin’s Creed Comet, which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says will be coming to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 this fall. Ubisoft also announced Far Cry 4 yesterday which is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Ubisoft today announced that Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag shipped an impressive 11 million copies while Just Dance shifted six million. There’s been a wealth of Ubisoft news today including the announcement of Far Cry 4 and that the long-awaited Watch Dogs has broken records for the most pre-orders of a new IP.
The success of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag (more than 11 million sell-in and digital units). Every year, this flagship franchise for the video game industry offers players a highly innovative gaming experience, and generates a steady and very profitable revenue stream. A solid performance by Just Dance 2014, with more than 6 million sell-in units.
Today, Ubisoft shared impressive pre-order figures for Watch Dogs, which is now the most pre-ordered new IP in Ubisoft’s history and the most pre-ordered new IP in the entire industry this year. Watch Dogs is also the second- highest pre-ordered Ubisoft game ever. Watch Dogs will be available on May 27 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC, as well as its release on Wii U system at a later date.
“These strong pre-orders are a clear indication of players’ anticipation and excitement for Watch Dogs,” said Geoffroy Sardin, Senior VP Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. “The teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that players will enjoy a top quality game with enormous scope, and we can’t wait to get the game into their hands.”
“We are seeing tremendous excitement for the new Watch Dogs game,” said Michael van den Berg, vice president of Merchandising at GameStop International. “In fact, Watch Dogs is the highest pre-ordered next-generation console game to date. It is on track to be one of the top selling video games across all consoles in 2014.
Today, Ubisoft announced Far Cry 4, an open-world, first-person shooter that delivers the most expansive and immersive Far Cry experience ever. Far Cry 4 will be available November 21 in the UK for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.
Development on Far Cry 4 is being led by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai, and Ubisoft Kiev.
In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles, and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.
“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer. “Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months.”
Ubisoft has released a brand new trailer for their highly anticipated open world adventure, Watch Dogs. The trailer shows how players can hack the world around them to make it their own weapon. Watch Dogs releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this month. The Wii U version is coming at a later date.
Ubisoft has reportedly registered various domain names for its next Just Dance title. Spotted by eagle-eyed reporters, Just Dance Now could be the next rhythm-boogie title to hit console platforms. On March 20, Ubisoft Entertainment Sweden AB registered the domain title justdancenow.com, as well as .org, .fr and .de, but a quick visit to any of these sites will leave you hanging at a Ubisoft 404 error page. Last year, Ubisoft unveiled Just Dance 2014 at E3, so it’s likely we’ll hear official confirmation from this year’s event in June.
Two Ubisoft titles have been permanently discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is now $39.99, while the Wii U exclusive ZombiU can be purchased for $29.99. Both games were originally priced at $59.99. The publisher recently held a spring sale, where the digital versions of several titles received temporary price reductions.
Ubisoft has posted sales figures for its biggest franchises including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, and Splinter Cell. As expected Assassin’s Creed is the company’s biggest series, selling a staggering 73 million copies worldwide. Just Dance has also performed spectacularly selling 48 million units worldwide. You can see the sales figures, below.
Worldwide best selling franchises:
- - Assassin’s Creed®: 73 million
- - Just Dance™: 48 million
- - Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®: 30 million
- - Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®: 26 million
- - Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®: 25 million
- - Petz®: 24 million
- - Rayman®: 25 million
- - Imagine™: 21 million
- - Prince of Persia®: 20 million
- - Driver®: 19 million
- - Far Cry®: 18 million
- - Rayman Raving Rabbids®: 14 million
- - The Settlers®: 10 million
- - The Experience: 9 million
- - Anno™: 5 million
- - Your Shape: 3 million
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