While planned for a PC release later this year, leading Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu claims that “Monster Hunter World” has already sold 1.35 million physical units within Japan. When one looks beyond the game’s sales figures in Japan and also considers the digital market place, it seems the title has exceeded two million units.
Monster Hunter is a title that has primarily been a go-to title on handheld gaming devices like the PSP and 3DS. Despite this, the title has seemingly sold more than two million units in a country that only owns six million PS4s; Monster Hunter World is a title found on one-third of every Japanese PS4 and an unknown number of Xbox One consoles. Monster Hunter World’s success also makes it the best-selling PS4 title in Japan.
Citation of Japan’s sales figures matters when discussing the title’s overall appeal; the intention of a global launch on a home console was perceived as a blow to Japanese sales figures and causing analysts to assess the sales figures of non-Japanese markets where the Monster Hunter series has sold far less. Despite these worries, Monster Hunter World has only received a glowing review across the world; Capcom made a recent announcement that it had shipped five million units across the planet. More cautious analysts will note that Capcom’s figures are for units shipped rather than units sold, muddying the waters of just how many PS4 and Xbox One owners actually have a copy and how many copies are sitting on store shelves.
Regardless of the exact numbers, Monster Hunter World seems to have been a success on a global scale hurt in no part by Capcom’s intention to simultaneously launch in all regions. Hopefully Capcom’s decision will convince other Japanese gaming companies to eschew their typically domestic focus on marketing.