Monster Hunter Rise has shipped 4 million units in its opening weekend, which also means potentially bringing the sales number of the entire Monster Hunter series to over 70 million. This information comes from Capcom themselves, and these numbers are extremely good for the company and the series as a whole.
The Monster Hunter series consists of hunting action games that pit players against giant monsters in a beautiful natural environment. Beginning with the first title in 2004, the series established a new genre in which players cooperate to hunt ferocious monsters with their friends and has since grown into a global phenomenon with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 66 million units shipped as of December 31, 2020.Capcom
While units shipped is different from the amount actually sold, Capcom doesn’t seem to distinguish “shipped” and “sold” in the announcement of their sales. This likely means that the number represents Monster Hunter Rise shipped in physical copies and digital sales combined.
Considering the fact that Monster Hunter World, Capcom’s best selling game (not just best selling Monster Hunter game) has sold 16.4 million units as of November 2020, and that Monster Hunter Rise is currently a Switch exclusive, shipping 4 million units in its opening weekend is impressive.
In comparison, Monster Hunter World had shipped over 5 million copies three days after its release, and that was on a multiplatform game, being initially released simultaneously on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Even without taking the previous facts into account, it’s still notable for a console exclusive game to have that many sales in its opening weekend.
World was the game that turned Monster Hunter into a mainstream game, being given a significant amount of exposure to the Western regions, and was the game that introduced many players to the Monster Hunter series.
Yet, it seems that Monster Hunter Rise is on track to match its sales number. This is especially true considering that a PC port of the game is scheduled for an early 2022 release, which will make the game even more accessible to other players.