Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has been a smash hit in Japan for over a decade, and over the past generation it has replicated that success in the West. The latest entry in the increasingly popular action RPG series aimed to provide players with the most connected, open, and living game world yet, as well as a more user-friendly interface. To say that the results have been impressive would be a massive understatement.
A new press release from Capcom reveals that
Monster Hunter: World has already shipped over 7.5 million units to retailers across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One after just over one month on the market. Sales from the console versions of the game will continue to pile up throughout the year, and the blockbuster title will hit PC in the second half of 2018, pushing its monumental sales even higher.
To put this in perspective, this makes
Monster Hunter: World Capcom’s best-selling title of all time. The first Monster Hunter for home console in nearly a decade isn’t just at the top of the sales charts for its own franchise, but for all Capcom franchises, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Mega Man, and many more. The previous champion was Resident Evil 5 with over 7.3 million copies shipped, and Monster Hunter: World toppled that record in just a few weeks. In their press release, Capcom credits the game’s simultaneous global launch and strong marketing campaign for its astonishing success.
“Monster Hunter: World is the latest entry in the series, and the first new Monster Hunter title for home consoles in nine years. It is also the first title in the series to be given a global simultaneous launch, and was given an ambitious worldwide promotional campaign in order to further build upon its fan base both in Japan and in markets overseas. As a result, Monster Hunter: World has overcome both linguistic and cultural barriers to delight approximately 7 million players worldwide, and has shipped 7.5 million units, making it the best-selling title in company history.”
With the PC version yet to come, Capcom likely has their sights set on breaking the 10 million mark, a milestone that has eluded them up until this point, despite their library of iconic franchises. Will you be joining the hunt?