Capcom USA gave Monster Hunter Freedom Unite a big push with a constant stream of media coverage and TV ads. Freedom Unite even got higher scores than its predecessor Monster Hunter Freedom 2.
When it came down to sales Monster Hunter Freedom Unite didn’t exceed Capcom’s expectations. Their financial review had this to say about Bionic Commando and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.
Overseas sales remained soft partially because the release of “Dark Void” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) was postponed until the latter half of this year. “Bionic Commando” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) and “Monster Hunter Freedom Unite” (for PSP) also struggled.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sold over three million copies in Japan. Specific sales figures for the “struggling” international version have not been released by Capcom. Perhaps, their expectations were too high?
Capcom will get another chance with Monster Hunter when Monster Hunter Tri comes out in North America next year.