That’s a helluva lot of monsters hunted
Capcom’s best-selling release of all time, Monster Hunter: World, continues to rake in sales almost four years on from its original release. The publisher revealed that the open-world epic has surpassed 20 million shipments and digital sales.
Released in January 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One, before being ported to PC the following summer, the long-awaited sequel was an immediate hit, bringing longtime fans back to the fold while opening up the legendary franchise to a veritable army of new hunters across the globe. With challenging, deep gameplay; a beautiful, fascinating world; and a roster of both intriguing and terrifying beasties, Monster Hunter: World saw the cult series become practically a household name.
Capitalizing on this newfound fame, Capcom released a hefty DLC expansion in the form of Iceborne in the fall of 2019, while also introducing Monster Hunter to other audiences via a variety of cute crossover events and a dopey movie. Today, Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s crown jewel — its sales having surpassed those of titles from the Resident Evil and Street Fighter series. This year saw the universe expanded in the form of Monster Hunter Rise, which has already shifted 7.5 million copies on Nintendo Switch, with a PC port scheduled for release in January 2022.
From its humble beginnings, Monster Hunter has grown to become a global phenomenon, a trend only set to continue.