Watch Dogs 2 week one sales have failed to surpass those of Watch Dogs. Not only have sales failed to match those of its predecessor, but it looks like Watch Dogs 2 has sold no where close to the number of copies Watch Dogs managed in its first week.
Watch Dogs 2 did enter the UK charts at No. 2 though but missed out on top spot thanks to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s strong sales performance. However, sales of Infinite Warfare over the last week dropped 46%, meaning that the total number of copies sold was roughly 80k.
Chart-Track, who publish the UK video game charts, noted that it was a close battle between Watch Dogs 2 and Infinite Warfare for top spot with Ubisoft’s open-world hacking game only “narrowly” missing out.
It’s estimated that physical sales of Watch Dogs 2 in the UK are down around 80% compared to Watch Dogs. Judging by Infinite Warfare‘s sales for the last week, it looks like around 80k copies of Watch Dogs 2 were sold whilst Watch Dogs managed to shift 380k in its first week.
The UK charts only track physical copies of games sold, so it’s expected that Watch Dogs 2 would have sold more than 80k copies during its first week once digital sales are taken into account. However, it’s not expected to make much difference to the huge gap between launch sales of Watch Dogs 2 and Watch Dogs.
In the wake of Watch Dogs 2‘s disappointing sales figures, Ubisoft released a statement highlighting their hope that Watch Dogs 2 will have a “longer tail” whilst believing that week-two and week-three sales of the game will pick up.
“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,” Ubisoft said. “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.”