For many people, Monster Hunter is the series that Sony needs to save the PlayStation Vita. Despite finding success on the PlayStation Portable, publisher Capcom has been reluctant to shift the franchise to the Japanese giant’s next generation handheld, opting to back the Nintendo 3DS instead. That said, the publisher is clearly not averse to the idea of new entries in the massively popular beast slaying series appearing on PlayStation platforms.

According to Gematsu, the firm announced Monster Hunter Frontier G for the PlayStation 3 overnight. The MMO – which was detailed in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine – will be available as a free download, but will command a ¥1,600 ($16) monthly fee. Those in pursuit of a little extra gear will be able to purchase a beginner’s pack, which will include a number of weapons and items for ¥6,090 ($62).

For those out of the loop, the online-only title first deployed on the PC way back in 2007. It later received an Xbox 360 port in 2010. This will be the same game, just with a few PlayStation specific features. “We're implementing the 'G3' large-scale update on the current service this fall, so the PS3 version will kick off from post-G3,” said director Tatsumi Kimoto. “In addition, we're also considering functions that are unique to the platform, including things like Trophies.”

The title’s set to officially launch on 20th November in Japan, but will be available for free a week earlier as part of a beta campaign. There’s no word on this heading overseas, but you probably shouldn’t hold your (dragon) breath.

[via famitsu.com, gematsu.com, polygon.com]