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Capcom's Not Totally Against the Idea of Monster Hunter on Sony Systems

Posted by Sammy Barker

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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]

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User Comments (27)

belmont

#1

belmont said:

Monster Hunter would work great on Vita with the dual sticks. The 3DS version is a good game but it is not easy to play it without the use of Circle Pad Pro.

Anyway I was thinking to get into this series after I beat God Eater on PSP that seems to be a similar game (by the way I would like to see GE2 here on either PSP or Vita with the second been obviously the ideal choice). There are some MH games on PSN that are also cheap but I am not sure which one to buy. I think there are playable on Vita and you can map the camera on the right stick!

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@belmont You can, yeah. I'd try Soul Sacrifice, too, if I was you. I really liked that game, and I'm not really a fan of the Monster Hunter series.

NathanUC

#3

NathanUC said:

Honestly, I'm pretty much over Monster Hunter. The last one I thought was truly good was Monster Hunter 3rd P. Since that, the series lacked the dept or challenge from the earlier titles (Freedom United being my favorite). MHTri was awful on almost all accounts... MH3 Ultimate is an improvement but still lacks any challenge, and I feel that Monster Hunter 4 is on the wrong platform (it could still be good though).

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

@nathanuc1988 I do wonder if it will come out on Vita eventually. I know the series is aligned with Nintendo right now, but it seems crazy to think that it will never come out, especially seeing as Vita software tends to be selling pretty well these days. It's like leaving money on the table, really.

ObviouslySheik

#5

ObviouslySheik said:

I think the Vita's lifespan will be pretty long. I'm sure it will get a Monster Hunter. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the Vita got another Call of Duty title.

SuperSilverback

#6

SuperSilverback said:

I dont know why Capcom are being really weird with putting a new MH game on a Sony console. I started off playing MH on my PS2 then psp. Dont see the reason for this tbh!

rastamadeus

#7

rastamadeus said:

If Nintendo had any sense they'd have signed an exclusivity deal with Capcom. Which they more than likely have. Despite Vita sales improving (only slightly, sadly) its still not worth Capcom porting it over to sell a few thousand copies when the forthcoming 4th title will sell millions on 3DS. I know we'd all like it on Vita but it just makes zero sense unfortunately.

RudysaurusRex

#9

RudysaurusRex said:

I love this idea, but I don't think it will be too long before Nintendo starts buying some of Capcom's assets. People have talked about Mega Man and Monster Hunter, so I won't be surprised when that happens.

rastamadeus

#11

rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb True. Two edged sword sadly, it would sell Vitas but there's not enough Vita's sold to justify it being made. More chance of us selling Suarez to Arsenal than MH4 on Vita, perhaps a HD remake of an earlier game would probably be best bet as opposed to a new game or a port of the 3DS ones?

@Sanquine Made no preference to it being on a Nintendo or Sony machine, simply stated that it makes no sense for Capcom to do it until Vita is selling more. That's not bias, it's common sense. Personally I wish it was on neither as its terrible. Find it odd Activision/EA get slagged off for releasing "the same game" again and again yet Capcom get praised for adding a whole one new weapon or monster.

MadchesterManc

#12

MadchesterManc said:

Tried Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii and absolutely hated it lol I was going to try the PsP ones as I hear they are good but I couldn't be bothered. Im not sure if the Wii version is indicative of all the other ones but it was a major put off for me. Could't get into the game at all. I hear good things of Soul Sacrifice all the time tho. Is it worth trying even if I dont like MH?

Splat

#13

Splat said:

I absolutely loved Monster Hunter Tri on Wii. I have put in over 500 hours in to that game. The most fun I have ever had playing a game online.

If I could pick a MH game to come to PS3/PS4 it would be the one but never going to happen. :(

8vpiper

#14

8vpiper said:

@rastamadeus
Suarez is nothing but a cheat! Thats it, done, case closed!
On topic
I'm personally looking more forward to freedom wars than another monster hunter (so over this series) but will concede that it would shift a ton of Vitas especially if they really make use of all that extra horsepower.

edit: Soul Sacrifice was AWESOME!!!!!!

rastamadeus

#15

rastamadeus said:

@8vpiper Suarez is nothing but a world class footballer and a cheat! Thats it, done, case closed!

Changed your post for you. Yes, he is. But every team has one. Look at Saint Owen who admits to diving to win a penalty at France 98 and is lauded a hero of the realm. Should also point out I merely said it was as likely as him moving to Arsenal, not starting a football/anti-LFC feud. End of.

Back on topic, @MadchesterManc I gave the Soul Saceifice demo a go and was throughly unimpressed. All filler, no killer as no-one has said since 2001. Lots of promise and hype but you shortly realise you're just doing the same thing again and again. It's like a really long Oasis concert. I'd wait til its £10-15 (already £25 in Game) or until its on PS+ in a few months.

8vpiper

#16

8vpiper said:

@rastamadeus
Good player?.............. Yeah I'll give you that ;)
I can see how Soul Sacrifice is not everybody's cup of tea, did find the camera control a bit annoying at first but smooth sailing after that.

rastamadeus

#17

rastamadeus said:

@8vpiper Haha. If he didn't wear our kit I'd probably hate him too to be honest. Like Ronaldo. Utter, utter bellend. But an absolute monster on the pitch. Which leads me back to SS (see what I did there?), when its cheaper or on PS+ I intend to try the whole game, just really wasn't impressed with the demo.

charlesnarles

#18

charlesnarles said:

MH Freedom and Freedom Unite on PSP play like a dream on Vita. No more claw hand!!! On PSP they're pretty pixely (from '05 and '08 respectively) but Vitas smooth it out. Thryre both extremely fun, balanced, challenging, and big-scale in terms of maps, monsters and gear.
Tri ultimate on 3dsxl is similar, but (just how Nintendo likes it) it has poorer looking textures than the PSP, and with the 3d activated, I always see ghost text. Only game where my brain won't accept the 3d picture it's supposed to compile. Weird, and game-breaking. Even with an imported circle pad, it's worse than the two I mentioned above. I'd buy only the Sony games from here on out : P

Gemuarto

#19

Gemuarto said:

@rastamadeus I don't think that MH4 on 3DS will be as popular as Nintendo games. So it's 2-3 millions at max. Maybe even less. They can do same amount of copies on PSP and PSV with ease. At least 1 million copies on Vita, maybe 2. You can't compare sales of niche titles like Toukiden or Soul Sacrifice with Monster Hunter.

rastamadeus

#20

rastamadeus said:

@Gemuarto Don't mean to be spreading more negativity but Assassin's Creed (one of the 4 biggest selling games each year) sold just over half a million copies on Vita while Uncharted (arguably Sony's pinnacle franchise) didn't even sell a quarter of a million on Vita. So no, I'm afraid Monster Hunter - itself a niche title outside of Japan - wouldn't sell "at least a million copies."

Gemuarto

#21

Gemuarto said:

@rastamadeus Uncharted sold 1 000 000 only in retail. And AC:L wasn't exactly superb game to sell more than 600 000 copies =). You really can't compare MH and Toukiden. The best selling MH clone God Eater Burst - 600 000 copies in Japan. Monster Hunter 3rd on PSP - 5-6 millions copies.

Gamer83

#23

Gamer83 said:

@rastamadeus

MH doesn't get praised that much. It has a pretty good fanbase but I don't recall seeing people go crazy like it's the best thing ever. I'm not into the series myself but for the sake of the Vita I'd love to see an exclusive MH on it to help sales in Japan.

AVahne

#24

AVahne said:

Perhaps Sony can throw money at Capcom for a "Portable 4th" (they'll probably have to change the name since 4 is already portable), before Capcom starts work on 4G.

TosserHan

#25

TosserHan said:

Really i just want to see a MH game over on PS3,PSvita,PS4 i don't care which platform. Just want it over here.

JaxonH

#26

JaxonH said:

@Splat Idk, I think after a year or two, Capcom may port over Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to Vita, given that MH4 will be out on 3DS by then, and will be the preferred MH of choice for that platform, and MH3 Ultimate will be fairly saturated on Wii U by then too. There might even be a Wii U port of MH4 if the system catches on, which would open up MH3 Ultimate for ripe porting opportunities. This would be a good game for the Vita, especially if they bring over the Wii U version and just tone it down a slight bit (shouldn't be that hard- the Wii U version was the same as the Wii version, just with higher resolution and shiny new textures, and 73% new content, so I'm fairly confident Vita could run the game as long as the textures were dialed back). I would even go so far as to say I think there's more of a chance we WILL see MH3 Ultimate on Vita than we won't

WaLzgiStaff

#27

WaLzgi said:

@Sammy: Unfortunately it may not happen soon unless the Vita can pick up sales. Publishers seem to be reluctant to support consoles without a lot of monthly sales (Wii U mostly).

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