Players have been going against Rathalos and co in the world of augmented reality in Monster Hunter Now since September of this year, but how does it compete with Pokemon GO, Niantic’s other big hit?
It has been 2 months since Monster Hunter Now has arrived on players’ phones and the game has been performing well, constantly ranking within the top 100 grossing games.
That said, how does Monster Hunter Now compete with Pokemon GO in terms of revenue performance since the game was a social phenomenon during its launch as it formed many outdoor gatherings where communities gathered up to engage with the game?
For this analysis, we look at data provided by the mobile analyst website AppMagic and compare both games’ performances in their first two months.
Before we dive into the the analysis, a thing to note is that both games do not offer exclusive in-game items like cosmetics or characters for their monetizations, but rather focus on quality-of-life elements such as expanded storage, or ease of encountering the monsters or Pokemons around the world.
This means that most players would not spend money in fear of missing out on certain exclusives, but rather they would purchase because of the quality-of-life improvements that the store items would bring to their accounts.
From the graph above, Monster Hunter Now has managed to net $55,494,103 USD in revenue since its launch on 14 September 2023 up until 9 November 2023.
The data also revealed that the game has garnered 7,810,206 downloads across 60 countries since.
However, when compared to Pokemon GO in its first 2 months, there is a strong contrast as the game had amassed $271,394,473 USD in that period, 215,900,370 more than Monster Hunter Now.
Pokemon GO also outshined Monster Hunter Now in terms of downloads, drawing in 211,895,991 players in its first 2 months.
When looking at both games’ first day, Monster Hunter Now had earned only $241,782 USD in revenue.
On the other hand, Pokemon GO had a total revenue of $622,791 USD on its first day, 381,009 more than Capcom’s hunting title.
Even though Monster Hunter Now may not perform as well as its Niantic predecessor, it does earn substantial revenue during its second week from 18 September to 24 September, netting in $9,175,412 USD and ranked 23 on the Top Grossing list, only 5 ranks below Pokemon GO.
In that week, Monster Hunter Now even surpassed other big-name titles in the mobile space such as Genshin Impact, Fate/Grand Order, Azur Lane, and more.
Of course, despite both titles having the same focus on location-based gameplay, they offer wildly different experiences as one gives players action combat experiences while the other is about collecting fantasy critters.