Capcom's curiously popular franchise transformed the PlayStation Portable into the system to beat in Japan — and while Capcom has frequently maintained the series multiplatform status, many expected the next Monster Hunter to be announced for PlayStation Vita.

But any mention of Monster Hunter has been mysteriously absent from any of Sony's Tokyo Game Show keynotes this week. When asked what's up, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan president Hiroshi Kawano simply responded, "I don't know."

"You will have to ask Capcom," he told Reuters.

Kawano's nonchalance attitude shouldn't be taken at surface level of course; clearly Sony knows what's going on behind closed doors, and Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida was much more optimistic.

"Most game publishers operate on a multiplatform basis," he said, hinting that we're yet to receive the full story.

It's still strikes us as bizarre that Sony made a brand new system with Monster Hunter clearly in mind, only to see the series jump ship anyway.

But we're sure this story is going to run and run. Monster Hunter completely side-stepping the PlayStation Vita seems unfathomable at this stage. We still think it's a matter of when, but we do hope for the prospects of Sony's new system that when is sooner rather than later.