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Break-out Sales Surprise of 2018 - Article

by Craig Snow , posted on 05 January 2019 / 3,501 Views


The Break-out Sales Surprise Award is one of my personal favourite game of the year categories, celebrating as it does the site's raison d'être. This year's shortlist includes a retro-stylised classic RPG, a westerner-friendly entry in a previously heavily Japanese-oriented series, a rare case of an adventure game with a highly successful physical release, and a spin on a licensed IP that managed to completely blow all previous entries' sales records out of the water.

 

The Shortlist:


Octopath Traveler

 

 

Detroit: Become Human 

 

 

Monster Hunter: World

 

 

Spider-Man

 

 

 

 

The Winner:

 

Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter is, of course, no stranger to commercial success in its homeland of Japan, where on handhelds each entry racked up millions in sales. Indeed the franchise as a whole is now Capcom's second most successful IP, trailing only Resident Evil, and even then Monster Hunter averages much higher sales per entry. Monster Hunter: World has elevated the series' sales figures to a whole other level, though, thanks in large part to the game being the first in the series to release worldwide simultaneously, and the first to adopt a much more western-friendly gameplay style. 

Monster Hunter: World topped shipments of over 10.7 million copies across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, making it Capcom's best-selling game of all time. And all in under a year. How could any other title seriously compete with Monster Hunter: World for the crown of Break-out Sales Surprise of 2018?


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13 Comments

XD84 (on 06 January 2019)

Monster Hunter: World is the right choice. I am still astonished how well it sold in the west.


axumblade (on 06 January 2019)

Everyone knew Spider-Man would be a success but I don't think anyone could have predicted for it to be the 2nd highest selling exclusive on the PS4 within just a few months. I still agree on Monster Hunter winning though.


Ka-pi96 (on 06 January 2019)

Yep, had to be Monster Hunter. I don't think anybody was even predicting it to do over 5m, let alone 10m!


COKTOE (on 06 January 2019)

It shut a lot of big fat mouths around here, that's for sure. Which should be the most important metric when choosing our Break-Out Sales Surprise award winner.


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DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

"It will sell less than all previous MH as they abandoned Nintendo".


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Mystro-Sama (on 06 January 2019)

Its still pretty nutty Spiderman is sitting at 7m sales which is almost twice the amount of the second highest selling Spiderman game.


Xephirus (on 06 January 2019)

Many people thought that Monster Hunter World could not even reach portable version sales because the franchise was very Japanese-centric until MH4, so I think the result is logical.


Azuren (on 06 January 2019)

Definitely MHW. The amount of crow it served to its naysayers is comparable only to the amount the Switch served.


Stuart23 (on 06 January 2019)

Monster Hunter World is by far the winner. It's sales never stop to amaze me. But I still give props to Octopath, it sold way, way more than I was expecting too.


StriderKiwi (on 06 January 2019)

All were great choices but it's fitting that the first breakout title of 2018 is the victor.


DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

I would say SpiderMan being a new IP, single platform and probably highest selling Insomniac game would trump MHW. But all choices were great.


Kerotan (on 06 January 2019)

2015: Rocket League 2016: ratchet and clank 2017: Fortnite 2018: Monster Hunter Horizon had 2017 in the bag but then fortnite became a thing. Spiderman was very unlucky this year after blowing our expectations away, but capgods deserve it after everyone doubted them. Someone there said he expected 10m+ and it almost became a meme.


DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

"Crapcom they said". Not sure people downvoted you.


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flashfire926 (on 06 January 2019)

How is Spiderman sales a "surprise"? I was calling that this would be the biggest debut for a PS4 exclusive, which it was.


Sixteenvolt420 (on 06 January 2019)

Probably because of the sale numbers of previous Spider-Man games.


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DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

Because a lot of people didn't thought the same.. everyone expects GTA to do big numbers... it selling 100M wasn't a surprise them?


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VAMatt (on 06 January 2019)

Some of those are big-budget, AAA games. How do they qualify as surprise? In particular, Spider-man as a "breakout sales surprise" is laughable.


Machina (on 06 January 2019)

The extent of Spider-Man's success was definitely a surprise (vastly out-selling God of War, for example), so I can see why people voted for it.


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KLAMarine (on 06 January 2019)

Spider-Man outsold God of War!?


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Machina (on 06 January 2019)

Yep, by quite some margin too.


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DonFerrari (on 07 January 2019)

Sony said it was the fastest selling exclusive on PS4 or something of this effect close to the launch... so at least for a time period it got ahead of GoW. LTD I'm not certain how officially they sit.


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SKMBlake (on 06 January 2019)

Spider-man ? Really ? After 3 years of teasing and gameplay footages and all the fuzz around it ?