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.
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.