Capcom have really struck gold with Monster Hunter: World, what with the game quickly becoming their most successful title ever, but the good-news train is not stopping there, as the company revealed that Iceborne has shipped 4 million copies so far.
Back in September last year, which was mere weeks from launch, Capcom proudly announced that Iceborne shipped 2.5 million copies worldwide. While the tempo of sales has subsided since then, the expansion's launch on PC gave it a big jolt.
"MHW:I achieved 4 million units shipped as a result of the titles' January 9 PC release on the globally accessible Steam platform, allowing the game to appeal to a wider fan base spread across a greater number of regions, combined with sales of the home console version of the game released in September 2019", they wrote.
Monster Hunter: World, i.e. the base game, also got a boost with Iceborne's launch, and the company revealed it's currently at 15 million shipped units. This is a million more than they reported in October 2019, and 2.5 million more than their report from May 2019, when they made it unequivocally clear who's the top dog in terms of sales.
It's well worth saying that Monster Hunter series has been quite a golden goose for Capcom through the years, with the franchise's cumulative sales having passed 61 million units. Clearly, this is nothing to be smirked at but it wasn't until MH:W that western audiences got a proper taste of what the series is about.
In fact, thanks to the success of Monster Hunter: World, 2018 was the most profitable year for Capcom and they've been flying high ever since. Their most profitable franchise is still Resident Evil though, with 82 million copies sold, compared to Monster Hunter's 61 million.
You can learn more in Capcom's official announcement of Iceborne's sales.