Monster Hunter World has launched to critical acclaim, debuting at the top of the UK sales chart after a successful launch weekend in which 5 million units were sold in only three days.
Monster Hunter World is the only Monster Hunter title to launch simultaneously around the world. The game launched on January 26, 2018, a Friday, and in the first three days of sale managed to sell 5 million units. This makes Monster Hunter world the best-selling game in the franchise, as well as the fastest-selling game in the franchise as well.
The highest a Monster Hunter game has ranked before Monster Hunter World was in 2016, when 3DS exclusive Monster hunter Generations debuted at number 3 in the UK sales charts. Monster Hunter World marks the second game in 2 years that Capcom have had at the top of the charts in January. Last year Capcom’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard topped charts around the world selling a large number of copies as well.
A Monster Hunter game hasn’t released for a PlayStation console in 12 years, with the last being Monster Hunter Freedom 2 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Monster Hunter World is also the first game in the series to ever release for an Xbox Console.
Reviews for Monster Hunter World have been resoundingly positive, with critics praising the title for its accessibility, massive open world that feels as though it’s living and breathing, and the endless replayability that doesn’t make the player feel like they’re grinding for loot in an MMO.
When it comes to the games future and plans for DLC, Capcom has confirmed that they have plans for both paid and free expansions and updates for the game. Quests are picked up from a central hub in the game, and adding new ones via regular updates will be an easy way to continue to add new content for players.
The first free DLC for Monster Hunter World has already been confirmed for Spring. The update brings a new monster, Deviljho, to the game as well as the quests players will go through in order to hunt and kill it.