After a highly successful record-breaking console launch, Capcom’s Monster Hunter World has made the leap to PC, bringing the hunt to Steam.
Not being satisfied with being Capcom’s fastest selling game and shifting 8 million copies on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game has broken the record for the greatest ‘Steam Launch’ of the year so far.
After its launch yesterday it reached 240,901 players, putting it in the fourth most played title on Steam for that day.
Whilst it couldn’t match PUBG’s 1,175,505 count it beat out games like Grand Theft Auto V, Warframe and Rainbow Six Siege for the fourth most-played game of that day.
As well as being the greatest Steam launch of 2018, it’s also the greatest Japanese Steam launch ever, the concurrent player count doubling the previous record which was set by Dark Souls 3 in 2016.
This is the first game in the Monster Hunter series to come to PC, and it has not arrived without some problems despite the fiscal success.
Steam reviews currently list the game as ‘Mixed’ with many complaining about the multiplayer servers and general connectivity problems, with others pointing to a poor port that is failing to run on their hardware.
Hopefully, the server load from launch will die down over the next week and mitigate these problems, and Capcom will no doubt be working on patches to smooth out the experience.
Monster Hunter World has been privy to some wild cross-promotional content, with costumes and events based on franchises such as Mega Man, Street Fighter, Devil May Cry and Horizon Zero Dawn coming to the game on console.
PC players are set to receive some of this content (as well as the post-launch DLC enjoyed by console players) in the near future.