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A good week for Capcom, a bad week for giant monsters.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

January 19, 2023

1 Min Read
Key art for Capcom's Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

Lest you think Monster Hunter's recent success was only for spinoffs, Capcom announced the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion has now sold over 10 million copies. 

Iceborne released for consoles in 2019 (and PC in 2020), and was the sole expansion to 2018's smash hit Monster Hunter World. It continues the franchise's larger success that began with the Sunbreak expansion for Monster Hunter Rise in summer 2022.

The expansion introduced new monsters to hunt and regions to visit, and when it first released, was the lead factor in Capcom's profit growth in 2019. The following year, its PC release pushed Iceborne's sales to 4 million copies.

As of 2021, Monster Hunter: World's base version has sold 17.1 million copies worldwide. 

Both World and Rise have been extremely popular titles since their respective releases. And Rise, which first launched on Nintendo Switch in 2021, came to PlayStation and Xbox (including Game Pass) earlier this week. Late last year, Capcom also announced a mobile phone spinoff made in conjunction with TiMi Studio Group.

Suffice to say, Capcom's franchise will keep drawing in new audiences until the eventual World follow-up comes out.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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