There were a lot of naysayers prior to the release of Monster Hunter: World back in early 2018. It was the first installment in the series that wasn’t a handheld release in many years, as the Monster Hunter franchise found most of its success on handheld consoles such as the PSP and the 3DS. Some people had doubts that the main console audience would attach themselves to the title, with the franchise having so much more support in the handheld market. These doubts have undoubtedly been washed away.
Today, in a press release from Capcom, it was revealed that Monster Hunter: World has passed over 20 million copies sold since its launch in January 2018. This makes Monster Hunter: World a landslide success for Capcom and is now undoubtedly one of the companies biggest commercial successes. This success also has not overshadowed other installments in the franchise either. Monster Hunter Rise has sold over 7.5 million units on Nintendo Switch since its release in March of this year. This number will only continue to grow with Monster Hunter Rise set to release on PC on January 13th, 2022. There will also be an expansive premium expansion coming to the game via Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak which is set to release sometime during Summer 2022.
There is no doubt that Capcom is incredibly happy with the success of the Monster Hunter franchise and with its current trajectory, it’s safe to say it’s one of the company’s biggest IP.