Far Cry 5 breaks franchise's sales records

Today, Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 was the fastest-selling title in the franchise's history. Surprisingly, digital distribution accounted for more than 50 percent of those sales. Far Cry 5 is the second biggest launch ever for a Ubisoft game, following Tom Clancy's The Division.

Nowadays, streaming popularity is also a good indicator of a game's success. People streamed more than 55,000 hours of Far Cry 5 on Twitch and YouTuber videos garnered more than 117 million views. Both are records for a Ubisoft title in the week following launch.

Laurent Detoc, the President of Ubisoft in the Americas, issued the following statement alongside the sales figures. Ubisoft also provided a rather hilarious infographic about the game which detailed everything from shovels thrown to hours spent with the murderous bear named Cheeseburger.

Far Cry 5, like the real Montana, is a vast and gorgeous playground filled with colorful stories for players to enjoy and share. We're grateful to newcomers and fans of the series who have joined us in Hope County and have collectively grown our community.

Far Cry 5 is set in America, a first for the franchise, where it offers players total freedom to navigate a serene-looking yet deeply twisted world as a new junior deputy in Montana. Players find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the "Project at Eden's Gate", igniting a violent takeover of the county. Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players must join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance.

Far Cry 5 is currently available on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The game starts at $59.99 for the standard edition and features Xbox One X enhancements like native 4K resolution.

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