After selling 4 million copies in its first three days, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise has now risen to 5 million sales since its March 26 release.
Capcom emphasized that Rise has shipped 5 million copies globally, so it does not necessarily have that sold as many through to consumers in the first week. But it’s still a gigantic number, and it’s talking about the franchise’s huge appeal.
Monster Hunter games have shipped 66 million units by December 31, 2020, Capcom said. So with the numbers to Rise added, the number climbs to about 71
The Monster Hunter series debuted in 2004 and has grown massively since. Once popular primarily in Japan – a Japanese technical CEO gave the company time off to play Rise – the series is now moving west and finding a new audience there. Before Rise, Monster Hunter World reached huge sales figures, thanks in part to this extended appeal to the series.
Capcom plans to keep the train going, as it will release Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for Switch and PC on July 9, 2021. This game will have elements that can “link” to Rise, Capcom said. In addition, Rise will be released on PC in early 2022.
Overall, Capcom wants to expand the appeal of the Monster Hunter series in a number of ways, including the franchise’s first film. This film, directed by Resident Evil’s Paul WS Anderson and starring Resident Evil’s Mila Jovovich, was recently released in Japan – it was actually released on March 26 in Japan, the day Rise came out.
“Capcom remains committed to meeting the expectations of all users by leveraging its industry-leading game development capabilities to create highly entertaining gaming experiences,” said Capcom.
Rating scores for Monster Hunter Rise were generally very good. GameSpots Monster Hunter Rise review scored the game 9/10.
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