Monster Hunter: World snatches the crown for the biggest new Steam launch of the year

By Polycount ยท 5 replies
Aug 9, 2018 at 5:45 PM
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  1. Popular foreign titles typically sell pretty well when they get ported over to Western gaming platforms like Steam. The massive success of games like Dark Souls and Final Fantasy: XV is ample evidence of that.

    However, Monster Hunter: World (MHW) exceeded virtually everybody's expectations when it arrived on Steam this week. As reported by PC Gamer, the game has had the biggest launch of any Japanese title in Steam history, boasting a whopping 239,779 concurrent players a few hours after launch.

    That number also reportedly makes MHW the biggest new game launch of the year, regardless of its country of origin.

    For the sake of comparison, MHW's initial player numbers are up there with the likes of GTA: V, which managed to gain about 360,000 initial players when the game's official PC port hit the market.

    To use a more appropriate comparison, popular Japanese title Dark Souls 3 boasted a peak Steam player count of roughly 129,831 when it released on PC in 2016.

    Of course, MHW's player numbers will inevitably decline over time. People might lose interest, discover their machines can't handle the game or hit some other roadblock that prevents them from enjoying it.

    Still, for the time being, MHW's current player numbers are clearly well-deserved. The game has been lauded for its player-friendly "grinding" system, satisfying combat, and attractive visuals.

    Time will tell if the game can maintain its audience's interest in the long term, but the future is looking pretty bright for developer Capcom.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,887   +1,270

    I love monster hunter, just wish I had the time to play it :(
     
  3. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 373   +213

    I'd love to try it out, one of my best friends plays in while he's currently deployed. The only thing lacking in my opinion is the PvP. Since there's no PvP, it won't be worth my time investment.

    Maybe if they add it in, I'll reconsider. But I've heard only good things all in all from those who play.
     
  4. Hollow

    Hollow TS Rookie

    I don't see why monster hunter should lose players :O, MHW is probably one of the best videogame launch I've ever seen, game was available and runs smoothly without any blocking bug, it's ported from a console game so it's even more amazing capcom got it on their first time and game's ergonomy is very high level.

    I've spent 0 second configuring command keys and graphic card, it just works and all infos are available from tutorial and directly from screen.

    MHW is just at it's start and PC version was an important step.
     
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  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Addict Posts: 240   +110

    I'm just going to go ahead and let you guys know the game is good, but the port isn't good. While it performs on higher end systems, it's horribly optimized for mid to low end systems. People are struggling to keep a consistent frame rate on most settings and the multiplayer is a complete mess. Constantly getting disconnected or not being able to enter matchmaking all together is the big issue right now. I've got about 8 hours into the game already and it's all been single player. I either can't get online or I can't stay online. It's even disconnecting people while they're grouped already in a quest. If you want it, wait. This game needs some patches to make it worth the purchase on PC right now.
     
  6. Namtrooper

    Namtrooper TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Thanks for your honest opinion. I'll personally give it another six months to bake.
     
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