Capcom’s Newest Hit Game Breaks Company Records

2018 is still young but already the most successful video game of the year may have already been released. On March 5th, 2018, Capcom announced that its newest edition of the Monster Hunter franchise has shipped over seven and a half million units, including digital sales. Long time fans of the franchise may have expected such sales figures, but the rest of the gaming community is surprised that a Japanese game is selling so fast in the Western world.

 

Monster Hunter: World launched for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26th, 2018 and quickly topped the charts of marketplaces all over the world. Despite the long list of incredible games produced by Capcom, Monster Hunter: Worlds has became the highest selling game in company history.

 

The Monster Hunter franchise is a series of video games produced by Capcom that blend monster hunting objectives with RPG elements. Players travel across vast landscapes seeking out quests that involve killing monsters that terrorize the world. Monster Hunter: World is the first of the series that launched globally at the same time. Previously, the games would launch in Japan and be followed by a worldwide release.

 

Monster Hunter games have mostly appeared on handheld and Nintendo gaming devices. Fans of the series have been asking for a high quality console edition of the franchise for years and in early 2018, Capcom delivered.

 

About Capcom

 

Capcom is one of the oldest video game developers still in business today. The company was founded in 1979 and now employs nearly 3,000 people. Capcom has subsidiaries all over the world including Europe, the USA, and Vancouver. Kenzo Tsuijimoto is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the company.

 

Prior to Monster Hunt, Capcom’s most popular franchises were Street Fighter and Megaman, which both began in 1987. Capcom’s resume consists of dozens of other stand alone games and franchises. In the late eighties, Capcom created the Final Fight series, which has seen a handful of sequels and ports since its initial creation.

 

Some of its more recent involvements in the video game industry include the God of War franchise and the Lost Planet Games.

 

The Monster Hunter franchise is not the only RPG series that Capcom has produced. Capcom is responsible for the creation and publication of the critically acclaimed Breath of Fire series that dates back to the early 1990s.

Success for Capcom’s Bold Monster Hunter Remake

In merely three days since Capcom’s initial worldwide release of their new action role-playing game, “Monster Hunter: World”, the title has already dominated the market and captured top ratings spots for recently released games.

Although popular in Japan, the Monster Hunter gaming franchise has not seen similar success in international markets, and is especially unpopular in the west.

On January 26, 2018, Capcom released the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console versions of its latest addition to the Monster Hunter franchise. The desktop version of the game won’t be released until later this year, and yet the game has already taken the internet taken by storm. On the popular review aggregator site, Metacritic, the new Monster Hunter title rates 91/100. Major Gaming sites like IGN, Game Informer, and Destructoid have given it a score of at least 9/10.

Critics and industry analysts are commending Capcom for making a game normally restricted to niche audiences in Japan accessible to wider audiences around the world.
Bloomberg News reports that Capcom’s shares have already grown by 1.8% in Tokyo markets since the release. Capcom’s stock value has been growing steadily since their September release of a teaser trailer for the game on the streaming website Twitch. At the time, the trailer received more than 30,000 viewers in the first few hours of its publication.

Reviewers at Polygon note that the game, “will appeal to so many types of new players,” due in part to “…the unpredictability of monster hunts, the variety and challenge of weapons, the fact you can spend more time hunting and less time crafting.”

As with other games in the franchise, Monster Hunter: World is built upon gameplay mechanisms that emphasize the use of monster research in the exploration and mob hunting portions of the game. The eponymous “world” of the game is a fully featured open environment that players can explore via open-ended research expeditions or through the use of more structured quests.

The game supports both single-player and online multiplayer mode, but the latter is limited to gaming servers that only host up to 16 players at a time. However, other than that, the game lacks a local equivalent of multiplayer mode.

Resident Evil 7 Brings Back the Fear

Capcom has a history of doing, well, pretty darn alright with their hit ‘Resident Evil’ series. The longstanding horror franchise has become one of the greatest icons in horror-video game culture, and for good reason. ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ has been all that fans could talk about for the past year and the game released just last week to critical acclaim from fans and reviewers alike. In fact, reviewers are going so far as to say that ‘Resident Evil 7’ is a return to form that focuses on everything that fans fell in love with so long ago. These glowing reviews have translated directly to sales in a big way.

 

As of the writing of this content ‘Biohazard’ has seen over 2.5 million copies shipped to shelves in retail stores all over the world. This pushes the sale total of the entire ‘Resident Evil’ series up and over the 75 million unit mark. These huge sale numbers show just how long lasting the franchise has been and how important ‘Biohazard’ will be to the future of the company. ‘Resident Evil 5’ is the highest selling title in series history with 7.1 million sales. The question that Capcom has to ask themselves is this: Does ‘Biohazard’ have a chance to break past those numbers?

 

Right now the team at Capcom is playing conservative with their estimates. With 2.5 million sales already in the books, corporate is estimating that they’ll hit over 4 million copies by the time their financial year ends in late March. perhaps the reason for the game being so heavy hitting on the sales market is that it lined up with the final film in the franchise: ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’. While reviews of the film series have always been relatively luke warm, they’ve still managed to rack up ridiculous amounts of sales over the years. The latest entry, which features closure for the character of Alice, looks like it is going to do gangbusters at the global box office. Film star Mila Jovovich has been steadfast in saying that she is done with the series after the final film.

 

Fans who have gotten into the franchise recently are doing so at a great time. With ‘Biohazard’ dominating the sales charts and ‘The Final Chapter’ in theaters it is a good time to be a Z fan.