Nothing stops the Ubisoft hit factory, it seems. Far Cry 5 has been breaking records in the week since its launch, becoming the fastest selling Far Cry game of all time. With Ubisoft’s overall pantheon, Far Cry 5 has had the second biggest launch ever, behind Tom Clancy’s The Division in 2016. Interestingly, the total split across all platforms was more than 50% in favour of digital, which is very unusual for AAA retail game.
During its first week on sale, Far Cry 5 brought in total revenue of $310m, meaning the grand total of copies sold is somewhere around 5 million. Not bad for a week, not bad at all. When Ubisoft said last year that it expected Far Cry 5 to be the biggest game in the franchise, it clearly wasn’t kidding.
"Far Cry 5, like the real Montana, is a vast and gorgeous playground filled with colorful stories for players to enjoy and share," Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft, Americas. "We're grateful to newcomers and fans of the series who have joined us in Hope County and have collectively grown our community."
In celebration, we also got one of those lovely infographics which comes filled with those pointless but bizarrely interesting statistics such as shovels being thrown a total distance of 38, 800km. I have no idea how or why Ubisoft is tracking this data, but it’s vital we all know it.
"I'm proud that the culmination of years of passionate work from the team is paying off, and that Far Cry 5's experience resonates with so many people," said Dan Hay, executive producer on Far Cry. "We are humbled by players' reception of Far Cry 5 and fired up to keep growing and supporting the Far Cry community in the months and years to come."
The success is kind of bewildering to me but Ubisoft obviously knows exactly what it’s doing. Practically every year it feels as if we get another record broken, further cementing Ubisoft as one of the biggest games publishers on the planet.
Who’s succumbed to the allure of Far Cry 5 then? Do you think it’s a worthy sequel to Far Cry 4?