Ubisoft Entertainment SA’s (OTCMKTS:UBSFY) most talked about game, The Division, has been accepted worldwide with open arms. The action third-person shooter, together with everyone’s favorite RPG mechanics and a good post-apocalyptic narrative, has drawn in hordes of potential players. The developer has already spoken about how the Division has proven to be the biggest launch in Ubisoft’s history and still has places to go. In Japan, however, Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One console has surprisingly failed to cash in on that hype.
On Wednesday, research firm Media Create published its sales report for the region and it included astonishing numbers for both Sony Corp.’s (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Corporation’s Xbox One consoles. According to the report’s findings, the Division ended up selling around 1,000 copies only on Xbox One in Japan since the game’s launch. On the other hand, over 80,000 copies have so far been sold on PlayStation 4; hence, inserting another feather in the company’s hat.
To make matters even worse – and embarrassing – for the Windows firm, the Xbox One version of the Division did not even make it into Media Create’s top 50 games ranking list of Japan in this period.
The news, however, is hardly surprising. The Xbox One situation in Japan is similar to the Nintendo Wii U. There is simply no demand for the console in the region. In fact, the total user-base of the console currently stands in just 65,000 in Japan. You would recall how the console’s launch day in the country was met with vacant queues outside major retailers; whereas PlayStation 4’s release saw droves of people lining up.
The report further mentioned that Sony has successfully managed to sell over 85.5 percent of its first shipment in the country, meaning that the publisher must already be bringing in a second wave. The news is highly promising for Ubisoft, considering that the Division is a western game and it’s difficult to gain that much popularity for such a title over there.
The Division is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.