Today, Ubisoft announced
that the hotly anticipated title Watch Dogs
-- available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One across the major Western territories -- has broken its record for most copies of a game sold in its first 24 hours on sale.
The company calculated this using its own internal metrics; third party sales data has yet to be released.
This is good news for the company -- it is relying
on Watch Dogs
to help pick up slumping sales moving into its next fiscal year. With the help of Watch Dogs
, the current fiscal year "should see a return to double-digit profitability," said CEO Yves Guillemot, alongside its most recent yearly financial results. "The yearís performance will be led by five games -- Assassinís Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Just Dance, The Crew
, and Watch Dogs
," Guillemot added.
Creative director Jonathan Morin recently spoke
to Gamasutra about the challenges of developing the open-world game, saying, "You need to define something that is not just a gimmick, but can deliver new gameplay in the entire game... The core challenge is always, 'Let's find something that will change the game.'"