For the second time in less than a month, Capcom has news to share about Monster Hunter: World and this one is beyond impressive: it has just become the company’s best-selling game of all time.
Specifically, Capcom revealed that Monster Hunter: World has sold 7.5 million units worldwide including both shipments to retailers and digital sales on both the PlayStation Store and on Xbox Live.
Needless to say, this is impressive for a title which belongs to a series that was viewed as niche just a few years ago, yet this achievement looks even better when you consider two critical details.
First of all, the game just celebrated its one-month anniversary last week and has managed to push more copies than most games manage to do in their entire lifetime within that time frame. Furthermore, the game isn’t even out on PC yet, so it’s sure to see a surge in sales once it arrives this Fall.
Second, this achievement means that Monster Hunter: World has managed to sell better than anything else Capcom has released in its 38-year history. The company is better known among a general audience for series such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Mega Man, yet World has done better than any entry from any of those series.
If it isn’t doing so already, Capcom seriously needs to give itself a pat on the back. What was once viewed as a risky gamble has turned out to be a resounding success.
That said, this really makes you wonder about what will happen to the franchise down the road. Obviously, part of the reason why World has been so successful is because of the marketing towards a western audience, so Capcom is likely to continue doing so in the future. But it also owes its success to the transition from handhelds to consoles, leaving Nintendo fans by the wayside. It’s not like Capcom can’t release another Monster Hunter on a Nintendo platform in the future, but it certainly won’t be on the same level (or run as well), as World does on consoles and PC.
In either event, seeing how successful Monster Hunter: World has been, it will be interesting to see what Capcom plans to do with it from here on.