Far Cry 5 is Ubisoft's second-biggest launch ever

Far Cry 5 is Ubisoft's second-biggest launch ever

Ubisoft's latest release is its second biggest launch ever.

The French publishing giant has revealed that Far Cry 5 is beaten only by online shooter The Division in terms of launches. Its new shooter has made $310m during its first week, with 50 per cent of sales being digitally distributed.

Given the digital nature of PC games, this means that just under half of total sales so far are for this platform. That the game was No.1 in the Steam charts last week - with 500,000 sales - deposing Playerunknown's Battlegrounds from the top spot for the first time in the year is certainly a good sign in that regard.

The game appears to have been a success on streaming and video platforms, too, with 55,000 hours of the game watched across Twitch, and 117m views on YouTube.

"Far Cry 5, like the real Montana, is a vast and gorgeous playground filled with colourful stories for players to enjoy and share," Ubisoft American chief Laurent Detoc said.

"We're grateful to newcomers and fans of the series who have joined us in Hope County and have collectively grown our community."

Executive producer Dan Hay added: "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. 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."

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