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Far Cry: Primal Sells an Estimated 877K Units First Week at Retail

Far Cry: Primal Sells an Estimated 877K Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 March 2016 / 34,532 Views

Action-adventure game Far Cry: Primal sold 877,204 units first week worldwide at retail, according to our latest estimates, which can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending February 27th.

Our provisional estimate was first week sales of 576,011, but following the release of the most recent set of NPD data, as well as a stronger sales in a number of European countries than our data suggested, this has since been revised massively upwards.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 582,098 units sold (66%), compared to 295,106 units sold on the Xbox One (34%). 

Far Cry: Primal released at retailer on February 23rd worldwide.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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shikamaru317 (on 10 March 2016)

That's down quite alot compared to Far Cry 4, but Far Cry 4 was bundled with PS4 during a pretty busy Holiday season and was on 2 extra platforms (360 and PS3). Overall not a bad launch for Primal, I'm sure it'll sell well over 2m lifetime including digital.

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Zkuq (on 10 March 2016)

I haven't checked the numbers for the previous Far Cry games, but this sounds low, even if we take digital into account.

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shikamaru317 Zkuq (on 10 March 2016)

It's actually up compared to Far Cry 3, but down compared to Far Cry 4. However, Far Cry 4 was bundled with PS4 during a Holiday, and was on 2 extra platforms (360 and PS3). Also, Primal got a late PC port, so this was just PS4 and Xbox One.

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Zkuq Zkuq (on 11 March 2016)

Ah, I see. Not so bad then, even though I suspect it's not as good as Ubi hoped.

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Ryng Zkuq (on 11 March 2016)

A spin off did better than the best selling title of the series and Ubisoft expect more?

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Tridrakious (on 11 March 2016)

It seems like this game didn't get much advertisement to the public. It was talked about, but I feel more money went into promoting The Division than this game.

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gintama (on 10 March 2016)

i think it is clear for ubi that annual games will not translate into good sales , first AC , now Far Cry

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naruball gintama (on 11 March 2016)

I think it's been proven that vgc estimates should be taken with a pinch of salt. Pretty sure it did better than 576k first week. We'll find out more soon enough.

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shikamaru317 gintama (on 11 March 2016)

According to the NPD leakers on gaf, it actually did better than Far Cry 4 launch aligned (but Far Cry 4 was bundled and NPD doesn't track bundles). First week also seems to be higher than Far Cry 3's was, which wasn't bundled.

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Ryng (on 10 March 2016)

According to GFK the game has sold over 100K in Germany on PS4 alone.
I believe there is a strong chance that worldwide the game has sold over 1 million first week if we include digital sales. ( and maybe even only at retail)

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CaptainExplosion (on 10 March 2016)

At least it's not another Call of Duty game.

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