To say the Monster Hunter World PC launch went pretty well would be an understatement. Just hours after the game launched on Steam, the game crushed the current record for the biggest launch of a Japanese game in the platform’s history. The previous record was held by Dark Souls 3, which was 129,831 concurrent players, set back in March of 2016. The new record by Monster Hunter World peaked at 239,779 concurrent players, which is almost double what Dark Souls 3 had. This is pretty cool considering the fact that the game launched first on console early this year and nobody actually expected the franchise to do well outside of Japan.
Also, consider that nobody could pre-load the game before it released, so everyone started at the same time. This suggests that peak player count is only going to increase over the coming days. This has actually made the Monster Hunter World PC launch one of the biggest launches in Steam’s history, crossing the likes of No Man’s Sky and Civilization 6. It still sits beneath mammoth releases like GTAV though.
This year, the biggest game launch on Steam prior to MHW was held by Kingdom Come: Deliverance at 96,000 players. None of the other Japanese releases this month, including Final Fantasy XV, one of the more hyped releases from Japan, had nowhere near the number of peak players MHW is seeing right now.
Look forward to our Monster Hunter World PC review soon. You can read our PlayStation 4 review here.