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Ubisoft touts Q1 2014 sales driven by Watch Dogs success

Ubisoft's sales increased significantly year over year, thanks in part to the success of Watch Dogs since its May 27 release, the company announced today.

According to a report focused solely on sales during Q1 2015, which ended June 30, they totaled €360 million (approximately $490 million), an increase of 374 percent over the €76 million in sales reported for Q1 2014. Ubisoft also reported strong sales in its digital segment, whose performance increased 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million), thanks to games like Child of Light, Trials Fusion and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

"Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games," said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot, who also hinted at an impending announcement about an Assassin's Creed game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 during an accompanying financial call.

Today, the company said that Watch Dogs sold in more than 8 million copies, though that number reflects sales in the retail channel, not copies sold through to customers. It previously reported that Watch Dogs sold through 4 million copies in its first week.

Ubisoft reported its most recent earnings in May, revealing that gross profits were down year over year, though Q4 2013 profits rose year over year.

Press play below to learn more about the company's upcoming games in our condensed version of Ubisoft's E3 2014 press conference.

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