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Monster Hunter World shipped 5m units in its launch weekend

Capcom says the new game is the fastest selling in the series' history, pushing lifetime sales past 45m

Capcom's Monster Hunter World has shipped five million units since it launched worldwide last week.

According to Capcom, Monster Hunter World has shipped more units (including digital downloads) in the three days following launch than any game in the history of the franchise.

Notably, this is the first time the series has launched on a PlayStation platform in 12 years, and its debut on an Xbox console of any kind. It is also the first time that a Monster Hunter game's launch hasn't been staggered, with previous entries releasing in Japan several months before Europe and North America.

Monster Hunter World's performance may also have been helped by its stellar reviews, which we broke down in a recent Critical Consensus analysis.

Capcom will support the game from here with a programme of free downloadable updates. It is also working on a Hollywood film adaptation, one part of a larger strategy to, "increase long-term brand value and capture an even wider fan base."

As of January 28, 2018, the Monster Hunter series had sold more than 45 million units worldwide.

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