Why Monster Hunter 4 is 3DS-exclusive
posted on 09.21.12 at 01:20 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"It actually just came down to timing," says producer.

The latest entry in Capcom’s acclaimed Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter 4, is coming exclusively to 3DS. The series’ roots, however, are on Sony consoles. Its first two games launched on PS2, and it reached critical success with its multiple PSP entries. It was not until 2009’s Monster Hunter 3, which was originally announced as a PlayStation 3 title, that the series moved from being platform-exclusive.

“The series did start out on Sony platforms, but it’s just realistic to think that it can’t continue on one platform forever,” producer Ryozo Tsujimoto told IGN at the Tokyo Game Show. “With Monster Hunter 4, it actually just came down to timing – we were developing a new Monster Hunter and the 3DS hardware had just come out, so we figured it was probably the best platform for us to develop it on. You have two screens, with action on top and menus on the bottom, and there’s the 3D view as well. It just made sense to put it onto 3DS.”

Asked it Monster Hunter 4 would see release on other platforms, he added, “Other than what we’ve already announced, we don’t have anything that we’re planning.

“The way that we work with Monster Hunter games is that we see them as single entities, so we don’t develop for one platform and then think about porting it to another platform. The situation with the 3DS and the Wii U is that we wanted people to play this game a lot, so that’s why we have taken this [multi-platform] approach with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. But it doesn’t mean we’ll do that with new entries.”

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will launch for Wii U and 3DS in North America and Europe this coming March. It will launch in Japan (for Wii U, the 3DS version is already out) on December 8. Monster Hunter 4 will launch in Japan in March.

  • http://twitter.com/AceOfCakez Ace

    Hm. 

  • http://twitter.com/Kickersu18 Kickersu18

    i´m still very disappointed. i want a ps3 or vita release too :(

  • Marco Tinè

    They’ve said nothing, basically. Sorry, but these doesn’t sound like reasons to me: when Monster Hunter 4 was announced on June 2012, the Vita was already around, so it was not a matter of timing. There must be something else we don’t know.

    Anyway, I’m really curious to see if Monster Hunter on 3DS will be as relevant as it was on PSP, especially with more intriguing alternatives coming to Vita in the form of God Eater 2 and Soul Sacrifice. 

    • Bobo Fango

       After playing MH for 8 years and having the series take a huge step backwards graphically… I think it’s time to move on to other alternatives like GE2 and SS. Really looking forward to SS and its sacrificing system.

      • http://twitter.com/NekoWorking neko working

        yup i gonna sacrifice some n00b whose come over from 3ds :3

  • HarryHodd

    “Because the 3DS is not cutting edge technology and we wouldn’t have to do a lot of work to put it on the system.” Its good for Capcom but not so good for gamers in general. Still waiting for a true HD Monster Hunter.

    • Bobo Fango

       what he said. capcom just being lazy

      • http://www.facebook.com/eliezer.dossantos.566 Eliézer Dos Santos

        Yeah, like HD matters to a game to be good.

        • holly

           Yeah, it doesn’t matter if it is HD or not.. MH will always suck :/

          • http://twitter.com/NekoWorking neko working

            yup no one-vs-one death match -_-

            from the start of the series i always want to hit other ppl’s char head with hammer :P

        • HeatPhoenix

          It doesn’t matter as to whether it’s good, but it does matter as to production values.

        • HarryHodd

          Makes a game better.

  • LordKaiser

    Because it was cheaper to make it that way. It’s just Capcom being Capcom.

  • Dean Winchester

    Weak ramblings that are meant to seem like valid reasons but truly add up to nothing.

    I’ll be skipping the MH3 rehash and MH4 as well.

    As a former fan of the series when it was on an ACTUAL CONSOLE I will not play the series again until it is released as a true HD from the ground up sequel.
    Not this single analog stick (unless you buy the addon) handheld crap.

  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nathan Britt

    I think that playstation responded to this by putting a lot of work into Soul Sacrifice. 

    • http://twitter.com/NekoWorking neko working

      GE2 FTW!!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Capcom just admit you don’t want to make a HD Monster Hunter on PS3 or PS Vita and that you are lazy.

  • holly

    Monster Hunter never was multiplattform, so why should it change with this entry? Maybe the Vita or the WiiU will later get MH4G :)

  • Learii

    how about ps vita? will ps vita get any monsters  hunters game soon?

    • holly

       God Eater 2 + Soul Sacrifice and Vita already has Ragnarok Odyssey.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        You forgot Phantasy Star 2.

        • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

          Phantasy Star 2 isn’t much like Monster Hunter.

      • PrinceHeir

        also forgot Lord of Apocalypse and the upcoming Valhalla Knights 3 ;D

      • Learii

        ii know those like monsters hunters  but what i mean by monsters hunters i mean monsters hunters game  from capcom not some  games play like monsters hunters  XD

  • PrinceHeir

    lol just like how they ported Monster Hunter Portable 3rd to Tri then Tri G then 3 Ultimate.

    capcom just wow :P

  • http://twitter.com/Skyer7 Skyer Ist

    sayonara, MH on Vita, hahaha. Even if it’ll be released on Vita someday, it’ll be too late, cuz 3ds is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar ahead of sony’s dying system.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I wouldn’t call a system that launched just over half a year ago a “dying system.”

      Yes, Vita’s got some work to do, but the same could have been said for 3DS when it first launched. 3DS turned out great, if they play their cards right, Sony can do the same.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        This is exactly what I’m talking about Sal, it’s people like Skyer Ist that gets on my nerves and starts this “3DS is better the PS Vita crap”

        • Dean Winchester

          I notice the Sony detractors are treated way less harshly on this site than a Nintendo or Microsoft detractor at least when it comes to moderator response.

          You can see by Sal’s response that instead of berating Skyer’s detestable behavior, he instead tries to respond with kindness and reasoning as if someone who is quite obviously clinically insane can be reasoned with.

          The Nintendo lot like to sweep under the rug the 6months of the 3DS being at a $250 price point and the 9 months of absolutely no compelling software on the system outside of a graphically unimpressive port of SF4 and two N64 ports in Ocarina of Time and Starfox64 at $40 each.

          Those N64 ports are actually regarded as fantastic but that same crowd ignores the vast stable of amazing PS1 classics like FF7, Grandia etc being available on the Vita at 1/4 the price per, as either Starfox64 or OoT on 3DS.

          Reasoning with fools is simply foolish so all we can do is just sit back and watch the saga continue as opposed to joining the insanity.

    • http://twitter.com/NekoWorking neko working

      lol we still have new monster hunting games,,

      look at God Eater 2 and Soul Sacrifice :3

      and recently i get bored with old things (traditional weapon, armor, whatnot) and absorbed into new technologies like rifles/l4z0r/etc..
      Killzone neat too :3

  • hush404

    I still say it’s because they’re too lazy to HD-ize the series. Why spend the man-power hours to do a game from the ground up when the can take a lot of what they did in the other titles and just build on top of that? 

  • EspadaKiller

    Bullshit. What about the PS Vita? The PS3? Seriously SMH at Capcom. More like Nintendo moneyhatted them. Blah.

  • HarryHodd

    Its Capcoms biggest franchise next to RE and they won’t give the game a real upgrade, always putting it on the weakest hardware.

  • AzuNo17

    “You have two screens, with action on top and menus on the bottom, and
    there’s the 3D view as well. It just made sense to put it onto 3DS.”

    Which *** did they pull that idea from? Gimmicks aren’t a way to find a new console. And if I didn’t know better from reading the other comments, developing for the 3DS is cheaper than any other of the latest consoles/handhelds.

  • holly

     I wonder if the people who are begging for a vita port are just sony fans hoping that mh will increase vita sales, or mh fans that actually wants to play this game? somehow i think, that the majority is the first group and thats really stupid :/

    • Dean Winchester

      Yes indeed. People who support a new platform hoping it will get a popular game series to potentially increase sales of said platform thus getting more 3rd party devs to make games on the platform due to the larger user base which would in turn spur more sales of the system….games….system…games and so on; yes, THEY are the stupid ones.

      -_-

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bull.125 Anthony Bull

      I’m not a PS Fanboy, far from it actually, if anything I’m more X-box and PC. But, I purchased a Vita for the sole reason of Monster Hunter. Not so long after buying the Vita, Capcom changed the platform. -.-

  • Skelter

    Lol guys……..give it a few months and Monster Hunter Ultimate 4 Plus will be released on vita……….I can’t believe Capcom is starting that shit outside of fighting games now. The mighty sure have fallen in the 21st century.

  • allen

    i want moster hunter 4 for psp!!!