Monster Hunter World Smashes Steam Records, Most Successful Japanese Game Launch Ever

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 12:52 PM
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It may have taken its sweet time getting here but Monster Hunter World has had a gargantuan launch on Steam. Capcom’s co-op action RPG has smashed no fewer than four records in its first 24 hours on sale.

Firstly, Monster Hunter World has become Capcom’s biggest PC launch in history. Monster Hunter World was already the most successful game Capcom has ever published thanks to the console version, and now it’s finding similar success on PC. It peaked yesterday evening with 239,779 concurrent players on Steam. This compares to a previous high of 27,259 for Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. For context, this means MonHun World’s PC launch is more than 10 times greater than Capcom’s previous best PC launch.

How does stack up to other Japanese hits though? Well, Monster Hunter World is also the most successful Japanese game ever launched on Steam, beating out Dark Souls 3 and almost tripling the peak concurrent player count of Metal Gear Solid V.

As well as this, Monster Hunter World has become the biggest launch of 2018 on Steam, tipping Kingdom Come: Deliverance off the top spot. It previously held a record of 95,000 concurrent users, so this record has been blown away.

Last but not least, Monster Hunter World has slotted in at number seven for the highest concurrently played game on Steam of all time, eclipsing both No Man’s Sky and Rainbow Six Siege.

What's particularly incredible about these statistics is that this doesn't even take into account WeGame figures. MonHun World has been receiving an incredible amount of hype in China and it's likely Capcom is also seeing similarly impressive sales figures over there.

Who's hopped aboard the Monster Hunter World hype train? How are you finding it so far, and how is the performance on your rig?

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11:37 Aug-11-2018

Getting around 70-80 Fps 1440p With this dumb filter thing off. Makes the game look so much more vibrant and gives about +20 fps.
While I expected to get more, it feels great and very smooth for me.

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13:52 Aug-11-2018

are there anything more I should avoid and volumetric rendering to play around 50-60+ fps??

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23:03 Aug-10-2018

Most people in this site are saying this game is cool and fun , but i just don´t get the fun in this game, i have watched 4 or 5 gameplay videos on yt and it doesnt seem that atractive and engaging, looks lika an RPG ARK game where you kill dinosaurs, also this game has been long in development and some textures looks really bad and voice acting is just ok :/.

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05:18 Aug-11-2018

It's not so much about the voice acting and textures, it's about sitting down with some friends and beating a monster in the face until you're able to carve off a slice for yourself.
I've been playing since the first one came out on PS2 and I've been in love with the series ever since! But not every game is for everyone, which is totally fine! I personally don't like Total War style games.

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19:49 Aug-10-2018

Its a great game and i wish i could enjoy it too, but no Ultrawide Support at all! Hoping for a fix :/

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19:50 Aug-10-2018

ugh... yeah... would get it for a console then XD

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19:19 Aug-13-2018

Screw the consoles. There's a mod upcoming for that (provided Capcom don't fix this in the mean time).

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17:51 Aug-10-2018

Forget Monster Hunter look at No Man's Sky

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17:02 Aug-10-2018

The performance is garbage on a 1080Ti (no SLI support either...) and the mouse is LITERALLY mapped to a virtual joystick and therefore is horrible to use - has deadzones, max speed, etc. Very awkward to play with a mouse and keyboard. You'd think they could call up the guys in China who did the Monster Hunter Online - those controls I found very enjoyable to use. Ugh...so far a disaster...


Beside the controls, as a MH veteran, I absolutely hate the story and the forced tutorials. I don't want it, I want them to have an "off" switch so I can just get on with hunting.

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23:17 Aug-10-2018

The handholding is what ulitmatly lost me in the game. It's so obtusive and in your way, especially compared to every other game in the series. That and how short the game really is, it pales so much even compared to MH1 on the PS2.


I'm just waiting for Generations 2 for Switch now.

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12:13 Aug-11-2018

Yeah, I think I might have to buy the Switch for myself, transfer my Generations save to Gen U and keep grinding from there.

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15:12 Aug-10-2018

I heard this port doesn't have controller support. I mean that's no big deal for most people, but it would've been nice to have it from the get go. Waiting for an update to bring support for it.

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17:50 Aug-10-2018

that information is plain wrong... I've been playing with my 360 controller the whole time and it works perfectly fine.

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12:14 Aug-11-2018

People have had troubles though, especially with trying to get DS4 controllers to work with the game.

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14:43 Aug-10-2018

The pc port and performance is underwhelming.

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15:13 Aug-10-2018

I'd say it is great, considering that most optimization for PC is algorithm based and NOT hardcoded like consoles and this game doesn't have the cheese optimization practices.

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14:33 Aug-10-2018

How do you guys, who already have a chance to play the game, feel about it? Also how do you feel about the fact that on launch, it already has 15 DLC (microtransactions) on steam. Also is it really worth 60€? or even 45€ on 3rd party sites

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17:05 Aug-10-2018

Hold your money and wait. If you want to play online - the servers disconnect constantly (even when I was not playing online I kept getting errors). If you're a M/KB player - the mouse is an emulated joystick and is HORRIBLE to use for camera movement (somehow fine in menus, albeit with slight delay, but it switches back to emulation as soon as you're in-game). The performance is very underwhelming. You can't turn off any blooms and blurs - the game looks very soft as a result.


Wait for patches....IF they arrive.

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17:23 Aug-10-2018

That's sounds pretty horrible, I'm a m+kb user to the bone and I can't stand blur. Thanks, definitely giving it a couple months of tuning then, or most likely waiting all the way till christmas sales, since those types of issues require more through hammering.

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12:18 Aug-11-2018

If you turn off the "volume rendering" it gives you a big boost in framerates (20-40fps in my case) and removes a lot of the useless bloom, turn off TAA for a small boost in fps and a further reduction in blur and use a decent mouse tweak available on reddit (involves game settings + ini tweak) - makes the game a LOT more playable. For a blademaster anyway - gunners would have to deal with crappy "deadzones" of that emulated joystick, which doesn't really apply much to a blademaster since you don't need to aim slowly. I've got no big problems with the game now that I've tweaked it, but the mouse sure is annoying regardless.

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13:45 Aug-10-2018

mega jealous. my motherboard burned down 3 days before the pc release and i will get a new pc next wednesday so i am still waiting to get my hands onit

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17:58 Aug-10-2018

I feel sorry for u man. And oh just a bit curious. how did u end up burning it ?

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13:42 Aug-10-2018

tried out the game a little bit yesterday. I have to say I was impress by the fact that I was able to go online day one with no problems.

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15:09 Aug-10-2018

what sort of performance did you get if you dont mind me asking? Since we have fairly close specs

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13:27 Aug-10-2018

It's a good port, even though you have to get used to the controls and to the overall movement. The optimization could be better, but since they mostly focused on the control settings/servers (afaik) they surely will optimize the game.

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17:06 Aug-10-2018

If they "mostly focused on the control settings" then they did a sh*t job, because the mouse is literally mapped to a virtual analog stick and is horrible to use...

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19:22 Aug-10-2018

Yeah that's sad, it feels so weird to move your camera while fighting a monster. I hope they give us the option to give us a "real mouse feeling" not this virtual joystick thing.

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13:17 Aug-10-2018

well... I am one of those 200k players...
I mean, when I saw that number I did think that that sounds quite high, but I wasn't quite aware just how high it was... wow.

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13:07 Aug-10-2018

Quite happy about it. I will be sure to get it in a few months.

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