Monster Hunter: World has claimed the title of the fastest-selling game in the history of Capcom, marking the massive popularity of the latest entry in the franchise.
Capcom, the company behind iconic franchises such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man, now has the Monster Hunter series on top of everything else.
'Monster Hunter: World' Is Capcom's Fastest-Selling Game Of All Time
Last month, Capcom announced that it had shipped over 5 million units of Monster Hunter: World over the three-day period of the game's launch weekend. The figure is a new record for the Monster Hunter franchise, despite the fact that the Xbox One version was only available in North America and Europe at the time and the PC version is still not yet out.
Monster Hunter: World did not stop at being just the fastest-shipping title in its series, though. Capcom announced that the game has now shipped 6 million copies, further extending its record for the Monster Hunter franchise. More importantly, its rapid pace of sales has given Monster Hunter: World the distinction as Capcom's fastest-selling game ever.
Monster Hunter: World is also currently in the top spot on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, even beating the massively popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One.
Why is 'Monster Hunter: World' So Popular?
Hardcore fans of the franchise were looking forward to Monster Hunter: World ever since it was announced at E3 2017. However, the game's popularity has expanded to include even players who have never played a single Monster Hunter title, providing a massive boost to sales.
According to Forbes' Paul Tassi, it was "kind of a perfect storm of events" that has brought Monster Hunter: World to where it is now as Capcom's fastest-selling game of all time. The long wait for the franchise's return to consoles definitely drove up the hype, with a final product that is challenging enough for veteran players but accessible enough to newcomers.
Tassi added that Monster Hunter: World is a great title for video game streaming, with videos ranging from hilarious multiplayer games to tutorials on how to take down certain targets. Monster Hunter: World also provides a clear goal for loot, as players know which monsters to hunt to craft their desired weapons and armor. Last but not least, Monster Hunter: World has no loot boxes and microtransactions, avoiding the drama associated with these features.
In addition, Capcom promised a post-release content will be launched for Monster Hunter: World. Combined with the upcoming PC release, interest the game will likely not be dying off any time soon.