I'm gonna have to buy a 3DS now, aren't I....?
Speaking with IGN at Tokyo Game Show, Monster Hunter series creator and producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has explained why Monster Hunter 4 is not a multi-platform title.
Following the news that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – an improved version of 2010’s Monster Hunter Tri – would be released on both 3DS and on Wii U on HD, some fans have been wondering whether Monster Hunter 4 would make its way to other platforms. But it doesn’t seem like it will.
“Other than what we’ve already announced, we don’t have anything that we’re planning,” said Tsujimoto, asked if Monster Hunter 4 might appear on any other console besides the 3DS.
“The way that we work with Monster Hunter games is that we see them as single entities, so we don’t develop for one platform and then think about porting it to another platform. The situation with the 3DS and the Wii U is that we wanted people to play this game a lot, so that’s why we have taken this [multi-platform] approach with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. But it doesn’t mean we’ll do that with new entries.”
Monster Hunter has historically appeared on Sony platforms – the first game appeared first on the PlayStation 2, before an improved and updated version was released on PSP. Monster Hunter 2 was released on PS2 as well, but it wasn’t until Monster Hunter 2nd G came out for PSP that the series achieved the enormous success that made it synonymous with portable gaming in Japan. Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii was the first game to appear on a Nintendo platform.
“The series did start out on Sony platforms, but it’s just realistic to think that it can’t continue on one platform forever,” says Tsujimoto. “With Monster Hunter 4, it actually just came down to timing - we were developing a new Monster Hunter and the 3DS hardware had just come out, so we figured it was probably the best platform for us to develop it on. You have two screens, with action on top and menus on the bottom, and there’s the 3D view as well. It just made sense to put it onto 3DS.”
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released on both 3DS and Wii U in 2013 in North America and Europe; it’s already out on 3DS in Japan, and hits the Wii U there on launch date, December 8th. Monster Hunter 4 for 3DS has not been confirmed for the West yet, but it’s out in March 2013 in Japan, and after Tri’s breakthrough success worldwide, our hopes for seeing Monster Hunter 4 outside of its native country are high.
Check out the MH4 trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32TO26wJH-k
And visit the original page for a 20 minute video of MH4 at TGS (couldn't find the full thing on YouTube, sorry).
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I really wish they would release a Monster Hunter for PS3 in Europe. I have fond memories of Monster Hunter on the PS2.
I thought about buying a wii as they have a used big box copy of Monster Hunter at my local blockbuster.
I'll be unwrapping my vita on chrimbo eve, my guess is I'll be waiting for Ragnarok Od to be released in UK so instead of Monster Hunter I get Korean knock off
I would love a mh game on the ps3 or vita, but not geting a 3ds just for it. If the gf picks one up I might just be stealing it but otherwise not going to happen. got a wii for tri, and mhfu i found more fun.