Ubisoft has high hopes for Watch Dogs 2, and considering that there's no Assassin's Creed game out this year, the sales are going to have to be quite good.
In an interview with MCVUK, Ubisoft Sales Director Darren Bowen said: "Assassin's Creed has been a fantastic seller for Ubisoft and really important to the market every year, but make no mistake, Watch Dogs 2 will certainly fill the gap this year".
He added: "We are very fortunate to have such a strong and varied line-up so we don't have to rely just one franchise. Following Watch Dogs 2, we also have Steep launching at the start of December along with strong back catalogue sales on Tom Clancy's The Division and Far Cry Primal which have been two of the biggest launches so far this year. Let's not forget live games like The Crew and Rainbow Six Siege which is really being embraced the community with 10m players worldwide. If that wasn't enough we also have the Ezio Collection, so for those consumers who need a taste of Assassin's Creed every year - and we know there are a huge number of people - they will still be able to purchase a great triple pack which covers the most loved period of Assassin's Creed".
Watch Dogs 2 pre-orders are lower than Ubisoft had hoped, but after the last 5 or so Ubisoft releases, pre-orders were always going to be lower. Sales might pick up after the first week, when all of the real, unbiased reviews by gamers are released. The original Watch Dogs sold over 10 million copies, becoming the biggest new IP launch in the gaming industry.