Monster Hunter series sales climb to 28 million units

Capcom reveals new lifetime sales milestone for role-playing series; Monster Hunter 4 ships 4 million copies in Japan alone.

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The Monster Hunter series, which marks its 10th anniversary in 2014, has now sold more than 28 million units to date, Capcom announced today. This is up from the 26-million-units-sold figure announced in October. The Japanese publisher described the franchise, first released in 2004 on the PlayStation 2, as a "massive hit."

Capcom also announced today that the latest installment in the series, the 3DS game Monster Hunter 4, has shipped more than 4 million units in Japan since its release in September. This figure includes sales of the downloadable version and is up from the 3 million figure announced in October.

The publisher attributed some of the game's success to a variety of promotional efforts, including collaborations with food, beverage, apparel, and other categories outside of the game market. Capcom announced in May that it expected Monster Hunter 4 to sell through 2.8 million copies by the end of its fiscal year in March 2014.

No North American release information for Monster Hunter 4 has been announced, and Capcom has no plans to release the game on the PlayStation Vita.

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