Monster Hunter: Sunbreak expansion leads to new player record on Steam

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Monster Hunter Rise has broken its all-time concurrent player record on Steam after the release of the Sunbreak expansion.

SteamDB, via Video Games Chronicle, shows that the Capcom release hit 194,459 players after Sunbreak’s release, a major increase on the launch week of the game, which peaked at 134,262 players.

As per the data, which has been analysed by Video Games Chronicle, the game was previously seeing a peak of 70,000 players and a minimum of 20,000 at quiet periods.

Sunbreak has released on PC and Nintendo Switch and has been and has been a critical smash since it officially came out on June 30.

It received a score of 86 on Metacritic from 28 critic reviews, and has been hailed as an “essential expansion”, as well as a “triumph” by various outlets.

Users do need to own the base Monster Hunter game in order to be able to play it, but it is seen as a really interesting potential entry point into the series.

And the game has now received a major uplift in terms of fan demand, with a number of players seemingly diving back into the world after Sunbreak’s release.

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That makes total sense, given that there will be a number of players who want to see exactly how Sunbreak works, and whether the expansion adds more to the lore of the game.

On SteamDB, the only games that appear to be more popular are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, PUBG: Battlegrounds, and Team Fortress 2. Monster Hunter Rise is currently pulling higher numbers than Grand Theft Auto V, Lost Ark and Rust. It is also one of the most trending games on Steam, which makes complete sense given the recent release of the DLC.

That speaks to just how successful Sunbreak has been.

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