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Break-out Sales Surprise of 2018

Break-out Sales Surprise of 2018 - Article

by Craig Snow , posted on 05 January 2019 / 5,690 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








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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XD84 (on 06 January 2019)

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

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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.

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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!

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COKTOE Ka-pi96 (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 Ka-pi96 (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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StriderKiwi (on 06 January 2019)

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

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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.

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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.

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DonFerrari Kerotan (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.

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Sixteenvolt420 flashfire926 (on 06 January 2019)

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

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DonFerrari flashfire926 (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.

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Machina VAMatt (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 VAMatt (on 06 January 2019)

Spider-Man outsold God of War!?

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Machina VAMatt (on 06 January 2019)

Yep, by quite some margin too.

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DonFerrari VAMatt (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 ?

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