Capcom exec hints at Monster Hunter for PS Vita, 3DS

Publisher's European COO says multiplayer action game will "probably" come to both handhelds, confirms at least four games in the pipe for Sony's next-generation portable.

While Capcom's Monster Hunter series started on the PlayStation 2, no installment of the multiplayer-focused action franchise managed to break the million-unit mark until it went portable on the PSP. The series may soon be branching out in the handheld space even further, as Capcom Europe COO David Reeves implied Monster Hunter would make its way to the PS Vita and 3DS in an interview with the Middle East-focused MEGamers.

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"I think down the road, you could probably see a Monster Hunter iteration somewhere. Probably on both of them," Reeves said in reference to the new generation of portables. While Reeves specified that there were no concrete plans to that effect that he was aware of, the topic was also touched on elsewhere, when discussing Capcom's initial support for the PS Vita.

"There will be one launch title for Vita," Reeves told the site. "I am not actually sure if it's been mentioned, so I am not going to, but there will be a launch title for the platform. And then we will do Street Fighter x Tekken, and at least two others. I am sure you can guess what one of them has to be, considering the success in Japan."

Between Street Fighter, Biohazard (Resident Evil), Mega Man, and Phoenix Wright, Capcom has a variety of popular franchises in Japan. However, none of those is as known for its phenomenal success specifically in the island nation as Monster Hunter. Each installment of the Monster Hunter series averages more than 1 million copies sold, more than any other Capcom franchise. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd's 4.5 million copies shipped in Capcom's last fiscal year made it the publisher's fourth best-selling title of all time, even though it has yet to see release outside of Japan.

Earlier this year, Capcom demoed the PSP version of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd running on PS Vita to demonstrate the machine's backwards compatibility. In that presentation, the PS Vita's right analog stick was mapped to the camera to bring the game's controls more in line with its console counterparts. The publisher also presented a demo of Lost Planet 2 running on the Vita in order to show the handheld's ability to handle the MT Framework engine.

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DemonsWrath11
DemonsWrath11

Alert capcom, alert! Not taking such a sucessful outside of japan for further sales or another version like it is making you see the faint glow of tail lights of sony's world reknown stupid marketing team

vap0ur
vap0ur

need to get vita first

lokolifelol
lokolifelol

Great! love the series but I'm getting the vita version for sure

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

I'd be afraid to get it if it comes to the PS Vita. I poured a lot of hours into Phantasy Star Online lol

packtop
packtop

I think both version will be worth buying 3DS version to be able to see monsters in 3D and Vita version for the improved graphic.

acedraco123
acedraco123

ill get it for both 3DS and Vita for double the fun i love the mh series

acedraco123
acedraco123

ummm monster hunter is not sony exclusive tri was on the wii

Flint247
Flint247

Does it really matter which version will be better? As long as everyone gets to play, that's all that matters.

muzza93
muzza93

If you get da 3G model Vita does dat mean u have to pay monthly internet fees for it?

Visa004
Visa004

Realease Monster Hunter on the PS3 now and make it cross-platform co-op with PSV and 3DS now!!!!!!!!!!

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

@CamoBullo RIGHT?!?!?!? ID BUY EVERY FKIN EXPANSION PACK! EVERY RELEASE! AND PLAY ATLEAST ONCE A WEEK (i got things to do lmao, who doesn't?)!!!

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

While they're at it, release the Monster Hunter MMO in the West.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

I already have Portable 3rd, but I'd pay money to have it in english on Vita, as long as they released the HD version rather than the one already on PSP.

JohnF111
JohnF111

3G makes this a perfect candidate for the Vita. Before this i think i was 80% on my way to preordering my Vita but now i'm closer to 90%.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Maybe now Sony can get a Pokemon game.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Monster Hunter is a really fun game, glad to see PSV will have one.

Poncho_Hachacha
Poncho_Hachacha

My guess is the launch title is either Lost Planet 2 or SF4.

cameio
cameio

Already preorder Vita and gonna buy it for the Vita ;)

Supabul
Supabul

Got my Vita pre-ordered

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

I am gona buy the psp vita especially because of Uncharted golden abyss now im looking forward to monster hunter 2.

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

Im getting the psp vita especially 4 Uncharted golden abyss I now im looking forward to monster hunter 2.

Divine_Stryph
Divine_Stryph

This is cool yes, but come on. Why is there no MOnster Hunter for the consoles yet? I mean wth--yeah I'd get it for my PS3 if I had to, but Xbox LIVE + Monster Hunter = no brainer to me. Sooo frustrating. Grrr.

PS3BigFan
PS3BigFan

I want Monster Hunter on the PS3..I remember reading some rumors about Monster Hunter 3 back in 2008 but then nothing. Monster Hunter was my favorite game on PS2 and I want to see Monster Hunter on PS3.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@chimpmeister I agree that a MH game would look better on the 'Vita'. However, that doesn't make the 3DS inferior and 'gimmicky'. The Vita is just as 'gimmicky' as the 3DS if it was gimmicky at all.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

Anyone saying this is bad for Sony is confused. If a new Monster Hunter game comes out for both the Vita and 3DS, it will be 1000x better on the Vita obviously . . . seeing that the hardware is way more powerful than the weak gimmicky 3DS. Who would want to play the game on the 3DS, with its low-res 3.53" screen, when they could play the same game on the 5.0" high-res Vita screen, with dual analog sticks and everything else? No choice on this at all, the Vita version will blow away a weak 3DS version. Game over, Nintendo.

BFKZ
BFKZ

here we go again.

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

now what needs to be announced next is.. PS vita's release date this year! :D

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

Ok this is bad news for Sony and the PSV. Monster Hunter is one of the most popular games in Japan and if Sony loses its exclusivity, then one of the reasons for the PSP and possible PSV success in Japan will be lost. Lock the titles Sony or you're gonna be in trouble.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

Remember fighting monsters from Monster Hunter on MGS: Peace Waker?

smoman5000
smoman5000

Hopefully they put hit detection from this century, all the previous games feel like youre fighting huge blocks.

itchyflop
itchyflop

it was crap the first time round

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Monster Hunter on Vita is a no-brainer (as witnessed in January) as for 3DS, who would want to play this game doing a reverse "claw" in half-baked 3D? MH would greatly benefit from .

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah, I think the PSVitas horsepower will really tell with this game - it just looks stunning on that OLED screen. Sony have really struck gold with this one I think.

zaiwen
zaiwen

all i care about is MH being a launch title for Vita once its released. doesn't matter if MH is also released on 3DS.. by then yall who never played MH, most especially on multiplayer will know 1st hand as to why MH to us is the shiizzz

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

I can see Monster Hunter games coming to both handhelds! after all! Capcom loves yen!

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

when is vita coming out..... when the #%$ IS VITA COMING OUT

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Excellent news for PSvita. Capcom has been a staple of PSP. Now on PSvita as well.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I'd be willing to try a Monster Hunter on the 3DS I think.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

if 3ds gets monster hunter it will definitely help sales over the fajita vita.

helldew
helldew

great as if it wasnt a given. now revive megaman for crying out loud. with Inafune gone its safe to say capcom is gonna kill him and i would like to hope otherwise.

jecht_35
jecht_35

@QuartrGuy Are people already forgetting about the announced shock n rock pack that looks epic enough to keep the battery life for the 3DS going long and strong. Oh and Sweet monster hunter on both new handhelds life is good to me.