Monster Hunter: World is biggest Steam launch of 2018

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Monster Hunter: World – a hit on all formats

Capcom’s multiplayer smash has proven just as successful on PC as it has on consoles, becoming Steam’s biggest Japanese game ever.

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For over a decade Monster Hunter has been one of the biggest franchises in Japan and yet barely an also-ran in the West.

That’s because it’s usually been restricted to portable consoles and has had an approach to co-op that while well suited to Japanese play styles never really worked as well in the West.

But that all changed with Monster Hunter: World, which launched back in January on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and came out yesterday on PC.

The game has immediately become not just the biggest launch of 2018 (beating Far Cry 5) but the seventh biggest of all-time. Plus, it’s the biggest Japanese-made game on Steam ever (beating Dark Souls III).

So far, its record for concurrent players is 240,901 and it seems to have comfortably settled into fourth place on the Steam charts, behind multiplayer regulars PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

But that puts it ahead of the likes of Grand Theft Auto V, Rainbow Six Siege, and Team Fortress 2.

Japanese companies have always had a difficult relationship with the PC as a format, since it’s not a widely popular games platform in Japan, but things have been improving dramatically in recent years in terms of both general popularity and the quality of ports.

So Monster Hunter’s success isn’t just good news for Capcom, it’s something you can be certain other Japanese publishers are looking at and will help influence their future plans.

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