Ubisoft is one of the largest video game companies in the world, and the company revealed in an earnings report last month it has sold a boatload of games this console generation.
As reported on gaming website GameSpot, eleven Ubisoft games sold more than 10 million copies since this console generation kicked off in late 2013, although this also takes into account PC sales too.
A tweet by a Niko Partners analyst has listed the top-sellers, which include the last two Assassin’s Creed games (Odyssey and Origins), 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, Watch Dogs and its sequel, The Division and The Division 2, Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Rainbow Six Siege.
Six franchises and 11 titles have sold over 10 million units this console cycle.
Assassin’s Creed Unity, Origins and Odyssey
The Division 1 & 2
Far Cry 4 & 5
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Rainbow Six Siege
Watch Dogs 1 & 2
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The Assassin’s Creed series has been going from strength to strength since the launch of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015, so it’s not surprising that both Assassin’s Creed Origins (which was set in ancient Egypt) and the more recent Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (see here for a review) have been big winners for Ubisoft this gen. Although not everyone has been pleased with the increasing RPG focus of the series, something which Ubisoft might be moving away from in the next entry in the series.
It might be surprising for some that Assassin’s Creed Unity is also amongst the Ubisoft games which have sold more than 10 million copies this console generation. The game launched with major issues and bugs in late 2014, and Ubisoft even had to give away its Dead Kings expansion as compensation to gamers. The game is perfectly playable nowadays though, and remains one of the best-looking releases of this console generation too.
Leaving Assassin’s Creed aside, it’s definitely not surprising that both Far Cry 5 and Far Cry 4 topped the 10 million copies sold mark this generation. Far Cry 5 was a great first-person shooter set in the US (in a Montana county which had been taken over by a cult) and is Ubisoft’s best-selling Far Cry game to date, even if it did cause its share of controversy at release. So was the case of Far Cry 4 (which was accused of racism at launch) and is also one of this generation’s top first-person shooter games, and another hit for Ubisoft.
Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2 were winners for Ubi too, both also selling more than 10 million copies this gen. The first Watch Dogs is amongst the best-selling and best GTA clones made to date, even if its sequel Watch Dogs 2 was something of a disappointment sales-wise at first, but obviously bounced back as GameSpot points out. It’s arguably also the better game of the two as well.
Another sequel which made big bucks for Ubisoft this generation is The Division 2. Despite its poor launch in 2019, this sequel to the post-apocalyptic third-person shooter is apparently doing very well for the French company right now as Ubisoft pointed out in its last earnings report. The original The Division, set in a pandemic-stricken US, also sold more than 10 million, and was also Ubisoft’s fastest-selling game in 2016.
Its military shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands (the sequel to which was something of a disappointment last year) and Rainbow Six Siege have also been heavy hitters this gen, with both selling more than 10 million copies, even if Wildlands did cause a bit of controversy at release as has been the case with other Ubisoft games this gen.
It’s clear, then, that Ubisoft has been phenomenally successful this generation – but will the French outfit do even better during the next console gen, which is about to begin? With major titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a new Far Cry game and Watch Dogs Legion on the horizon this may very well be the case, so here’s hoping Ubi keeps surprising video gamers in the months to come with another round of superb games.