Just this past Friday, Monster Hunter Rise launched on the Nintendo Switch. It’s the latest entry in the series after Monster Hunter World, and the first title on the Nintendo Switch that isn’t a port. Today, Capcom announced in a press release that Monster Hunter Rise has already shipped 4 million copies globally.
The first title launched in 2004 and over the years, has grown into a global phenomenon with sales throughout the series exceeding 66 million units shipped as of 31 December 2020.
Monster Hunter Rise is an all-new Monster Hunter title for Nintendo Switch. The game was developed with Capcom’s proprietary RE ENGINE in order to provide a new, accessible Monster Hunter experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere and with anyone. In addition to new monsters and locales, the game provides a completely fresh take on the hunting experience through a host of new, exhilarating hunting actions made possible with the Wirebug. With this, players can traverse rocky cliffs via the Wall Run, soar over craggy terrain and through the air at high speed, or even bind monsters and control them.
Further adding to the excitement is the debut of new “canyne” hunting partners called Palamutes, which hunters can ride to quickly navigate the maps. The title garnered critical acclaim following the release of two demos featuring both local and online cooperative play prior to launch, with resulting shipments exceeding 4 million units.
Monster Hunter World also featured quite a strong launch, shipping about 5 million copies in a similar time frame, but given that Rise has only launched on one console thus far is seriously impressive.