Watch Dogs, the critical and commercial success from Ubisoft, was released in Japan last week and was able to sell solid numbers.
Although it wasn’t able to have the top software seller of the week, with that honor going to Freedom Wars for the PlayStation Vita, it was still able to sell roughly 95,000 copies between the PlayStation 3 version and the PlayStation 4 version. Though this number is dwarfed by the massive 4 million copies sold in the first week in other territories, it still stands as a solid performance for a new western IP coming out in Japan, a month after the initial release and accompanying marketing push that came with it at the time. For a frame of reference, Assassins Creed 4, Ubisoft’s last major franchise release, was able to sell roughly 35,000 copies in its first week in Japan.
Hardware numbers were fairly static week over week, with the only major change being seen in the Vita, which sold roughly twice as many as it did the week prior. Considering the huge numbers done by Freedom Wars (188,000 sold last week), this jump in numbers makes sense, and seems to point towards the new RPG potentially being a rejuvenator for Sony’s maligned handheld, if such success continues in Japan and even remotely translates to other territories down the line.