More good news has come from Tom Clancy’s The Division‘s sales, as it has broken new records for not only Ubisoft but also for the entire games industry.
According to Ubisoft, The Division has grossed more than $330 million worldwide in its first five days of sales according to GFK Chart-Track and other estimates. This number means The Division not only is Ubisoft’s best selling game in an opening week, but also the entire gaming industry’s best selling first installment in a new franchise during that time frame.
The previous record for a first-week best selling new game franchise was claimed by 2014’s Destiny. That Bungie-developed, Activision-published game announced sales of $325 million in its first week, which would give Ubisoft’s estimates a slight edge. No specific number of copies sold has been revealed, however, as was the case with Destiny. (Unfortunately, video game sales are much more difficult to nail down than film box office sales or television ratings, as they are not reported and made publicly available in the same manners.)
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Ubisoft also revealed that The Division, in its first week surpassed more than 1.2 million users playing concurrently over the game’s first weekend on sale while more than 100 million hours have been spent playing the game online in the first week. (The Division requires an internet connection to play, however, which makes this number less surprising than with games that do not require an always-connected gameplay experience.)
Previously, Ubisoft announced The Division sold the most copies on day one than any other game in the company’s history. The Division, which sets players loose as a member of the titular organization aiming to save New York in the wake if a viral pandemic, is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.