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 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.
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