Far Cry 5 screenshot of a dog fetching a gun

It would appear that Ubisoft's renewed focus on player-generated content and long-term support is really starting to pay off. Assassin's Creed Origins launch back in October to some immense success, while according to the latest announcement Far Cry 5 has more than doubled the first week sales of Far Cry 4 and now represents the second biggest launch ever for a Ubisoft game.

"I'm proud that the culmination of years of passionate work from the team is paying off, and that Far Cry 5's experience resonates with so many people," said Dan Hay, Executive Producer on Far Cry. "We are humbled by players' reception of Far Cry 5 and fired up to keep growing and supporting the Far Cry community in the months and years to come."

"In addition to the strong first week of sales, record-breaking numbers of people are engaging with Far Cry 5 content. People streamed more than 55,000 hours of Far Cry 5 on Twitch and YouTubers' videos earned more than 117 million views. Both are records for a Ubisoft title in a week following launch, and evidence of the impact user generated content is having in convincing players to join the Far Cry community."

While Far Cry 5 is most definitely flawed, I am quite happy Ubisoft is finding great success with their new formula. I can only hope other publishers will take note and introduce Map Editors or modding support into their games as well, because there are very few things better for a game's longevity and overall appeal than a community full of people creating immense amounts of new and quality content.

You can read a little bit more about this announcement, as well as check out a rather lengthy infographic, over at the official website.