Last week, we reported on several new features for Monster Hunter 4. A Famitsu.com interview published today reveals a few more details.
The keyword in Monster Hunter 4 is “adventure,” according to director Kaname Fujioka. While you’ll still be accepting quests and hunting monsters, this time your base of operations comes in the form of a moving caravan. Using your caravan, you will visit a number of areas and villages, each culturally different from one another. There will be a lot of villages, and the most NPCs in series history, according to producer Ryozo Tsujimoto.
The first village players will visit is called Barubaru, a marketplace and gathering area where players can register to become hunters, and have access to their standard facilities. What makes every other village different, however, is that each has its own special facilities.
Also of note: in Japanese, the “4″ in Monster Hunter 4 is pronounced “Foe,” and not “Dos” or “Tri” as they were in Monster Hunter 2 and 3.