Good job, hunters! Capcom has announced that the latest entry in the Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter Rise, has shipped four million copies since its worldwide launch on Nintendo Switch this past Friday.
This stat includes units shipped as well as digital sales. Comparatively, the previous flagship game in the series, Monster Hunter: World, shipped five million copies worldwide in the same timeframe.
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This milestone for Monster Hunter Rise is impressive given that the game is currently a Nintendo Switch exclusive, while World was available on PlayStation 4 globally and Xbox One in North America and Europe.
In Monster Hunter Rise, players have access to increased verticality with the use of the game’s new Wirebug mechanic, which allows for new techniques like wall running. A Palamute canine companion was also introduced, able to fight monsters alongside players and be ridden to traverse terrain quickly.
The Monster Hunter franchise pits players again huge monsters in a variety of unique environments. Players can work together with their friends to take down the giant creatures, craft armor and weapons, and protect the world. Since its first entry in 2004, the series has sold over 66 million unites as of December 31, 2020.
The series has spawned a number of other projects, including a live-action film and Monster Hunter Stories, a spin-off series. The Monster Hunter Stories Ride On anime is streaming on Funimation, and a second game in the Stories series is planned for release later this year.
Monster Hunter: World was a breakthrough success for Capcom, taking the series to new levels in the West. It is currently Capcom’s best-selling game to date, with over 16.8 million copies sold across all platforms. A PC release of Monster Hunter Rise is planned for 2022.
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