Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has now sold more than five million units, which creates a notable milestone: taken together with sales of Monster Hunter: World, the game and its expansion now account for a third of all Monster Hunter games sold over the history of the franchise.
According to Capcom’s financial report for the fiscal year ending March 31, the company took a bit of a year-over-year hit, with revenues down 18.4% to about $766 million USD (£633 million). However, net profits were up 27.1% to $150 million (£124 million), according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne was a key driver, selling more than five million units. By January this year, Monster Hunter: World had sold 15 million copies, and now the two titles together have sold about 21 million. That’s a full third of the roughly 63 million copies the franchise has sold since the first Monster Hunter launched for PlayStation 2 in 2004 – and that includes multiple editions of each mainline game in the franchise, which have appeared on PS2, PSP, Wii, 3DS, and Switch at this point.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is now the 7th best-selling individual release in Capcom's history at 5.2M copies.
If combined with the base game, Monster Hunter: World is now responsible for nearly 21M overall.
For context, that's exactly ONE-THIRD of franchise lifetime sales. pic.twitter.com/NEWBFy2nH7
— Dom (@DomsPlaying) May 15, 2020
As Dom notes, the 5.2 million sales for Iceborne make it Capcom’s seventh best-selling individual release to date. There’s still more on the way for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, but the roadmap has been indefinitely delayed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Another big factor in Capcom’s profitability in the past year has been Resident Evil 2, a remake that outpaced total lifetime sales of the original a few months after launch. It’s pretty clear that Capcom’s bet on bringing its flagship titles to PC has been paying off.