The Monster Hunter series is so absurdly popular in Japan that its presence can make or break a system, particularly a handheld. The portable versions on the PSP are regarded as the reason the system became so successful in the Land of the Rising Sun. When the latest console generation began, however, Capcom instead brought its flagship “hunting” series to the 3DS, with Monster Hunter 3G.
Now, they’re finally ready for the fourth full-numbered entry in the franchise: Monster Hunter 4. And it’s coming to, again, the 3DS. As of yet, that’s the only platform for which it has been revealed.
Rather than tying the player to a single village this time out, Monster Hunter 4 sets you up as a member of a roaming caravan, which takes you around the world as you hunt fantastic beasts and scavenge their carcasses for supplies to better equip yourself. The developers are also placing a greater emphasis on “story” and “adventure” this time out, which will hopefully provide additional context to the experience, and make the game more appealing in the West, should it ever come over here.
It’ll be coming to Japan, though, in the Spring of 2013.
By Shelby Reiches