Capcom's beast-hunting RPG Monster Hunter has been going from strength to strength in terms of sales and the latest expansion, Iceborne, helped the company push this figure to 14 million sold copies across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
You didn't need to be clairvoyant to see that Iceborne will bring a bunch of new players to the game, and it's already been reported that the expansion sold following its release on 06 September 2019.
Naturally, Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne requires players to have the base game, so the brunt of the aforementioned sales were seasoned veterans who just added the expansion to their arsenal. And even then, it's been a while since Capcom updated us with fresh numbers.
Nevertheless, the numbers still jumped significantly as Capcom's earlier touted milestone was 13.1 million copies back from 30 June 2019. The company's official Japanese now states that Monster: Hunter World has now passed 14 million.
Back in May 2019, Capcom announced that Monster Hunter: World has sold 12 million copies, which made it the best selling title in the franchise, as well the best performing game from their entire offer.
Speaking of the rest of Capcom's offer, Street Fighter and Resident Evil emerge as obvious points of comparison. Resident Evil is currently at 92 million copies and still well ahead of Monster Hunter's 58 million, but the latter has been rapidly picking up speed in the past year.
The coordinated worked a treat and the Monster Hunter franchise is actually ahead of the Street Fighter series, which is quite peculiar considering that Street Fighter would probably win the general popularity contest. I mean, c'mon - shove a Ken or Ryu into anyone's face and watch them blurt out the franchise in nanoseconds, regardless of their inebriation levels.
Thanks to some impressive results as of late, Newzoo included Capcom in their list of top 25 gaming companies. According to their report, Monster Hunter: World's global reach has helped the company grow by 49 per cent year-on-year, which is one monster return indeed.