Monster Hunter Rise is likely to be the 2022 sleeper title on PC. It got pretty good numbers, but the release in mid-January and sharing the early release window with Elden Ring in February didn’t do it any favors. Well, it’s not sleeping anymore, because the release of the Sunbreak expansion has caused Capcom’s latest monster hunting title to nearly double the record number of concurrent players on Steam, by SteamDB (opens in new tab)counts.
Peaking at around 134,000 concurrent users a few days after its January launch, Monster Hunter Rise (opens in new tab) has now, uh, surged to a high of 231,360 this weekend as Sunbreak launches. On their respective launch days, Rise had just 90,000, while Rise had over 194,000 on Sunbreak’s launch day.
Sunbreak brings a whole load of new monsters (opens in new tab) to Rise, including one that our Wes Fenlon found a profound and targeted personal insult. (opens in new tab)
Rich Stanton thought Rise was pretty good on release, and his Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak review (opens in new tab) continues our quite positive feelings about the game. “Monster Hunter Rise is as good as this series has ever been, and Sunbreak is a lot more of the same,” he said, noting that “It’s also a lot harder, but that feels like the right decision.”
A call that I suspect is very similar to the hooting and screaming of a huge, angry monkey.