Ubisoft confirms sales for the first quarter of its fiscal 2014-15 year rose 374 percent year-over-year to €360 million ($489 million USD), on account of strong digital sales and Watch Dogs. The results exceeded Ubisoft's own estimates of €310 million ($421 million), and set a new record for the publisher for the three month period ended June 30.
Watch Dogs has shipped some 8 million units since launching late May, after scoring record first week sales for a new IP. No doubt this has only reaffirmed Ubisoft's commitment to building Watch Dogs as a franchise. Indeed, CEO Yves Guillemot boasts the publisher is ready to, "replicate and build on its success in the coming years."
Sales from digital avenues rose 149 percent year-over-year to €84 million ($114 million). Ubisoft attributed this growth to digitally distributed titles like Trials Fusion, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts: The Great War, as well as free-to-play mobile games.
Ubisoft remains confident it will meet its previously-announced sales targets of €1.4 billion ($1.9 billion) for full-year 2014-15, with no revisions yet announced.