Capcom has no plans for Monster Hunter 4 on PlayStation Vita

Chief operating officer says company wants to "have as many people as possible play it on the 3DS."

Gamers hoping Monster Hunter 4 makes its way to the PlayStation Vita are out of luck, at least for now.

Capcom chief operating officer Haruhiro Tsujimoto told Mantan Web (via Siliconera) that the company is prioritizing 3DS over other platforms for the action role-playing game.

"No [plans] for now," Tsujimoto said. "We want to have as many people as possible play it on the 3DS, and we are only thinking about making it succeed."

Monster Hunter 4 launches exclusively for 3DS on September 14 in Japan. No North American release date has been announced. The game is expected to sell 2.8 million units in Japan alone by March 2014.

For more on Monster Hunter 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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haydengreg0ry
haydengreg0ry

They need to bring out all monster hunter games on playstation consoles not changing to nintendo because the graphics are messed up on ds's games arent meant for nintendos except for pokemon and mario thats basically it....

Securator
Securator

GOD DAMN IT!!!!!!!....They'll make me take Japanese lessons.

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

Vita really needs a Monster Hunter game. Heck, I need it.

nemandus
nemandus

This has become a "I don't really care either way" for me since Borderlands 2 is coming to Vita.  That and Capcom US sucks anyway.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Capcom not releasing Monster hunter on PSvita. Seems that Nintendo has managed to convince Capcom to stick with 3DS. This mainly impacts Japan.

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

Im guess MH4 will come out in US next December/Winter. My reasoning? The first through second gen of MH games took usually 6 months to reach US but the time it ook started increasing. By the third gen, MH3's, its been taking just over a year, or like a year and 3 months. So seems likely

02050muh
02050muh

nope! capcom says nintendo pays us shitload of money! why would we make a game for company that does not give us anything?

Lorelai Mounro
Lorelai Mounro

to be honest the graphics looks horrible on 3DS it may look better on PSvita

AngelSummoner
AngelSummoner

I just want to know why capcom didn't announce anything about North America edition of MH4.Why Japanese taste MH every time?I'd regard Capcom should abolish Japanese's privilege and pay more attention to players in north America.

FaeLKuN
FaeLKuN

MH4 would be so much better to play on Vita, I really don't understand why Nintendo had put just one analogue stick on the 3DS ._.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

MH4 will not come to psvita because capcom already have a contract with nintendo . 

19James89
19James89

I hope this game will get a Wii U release at some point in the future.

kishen95
kishen95

There is almost no disadvantage for putting it on the Vita, aside from that since it has better specs than the 3DS and two analogue sticks it might overtake 3DS sales.

Daz Sams
Daz Sams

I think the vita might just wind up to be one of those useless handhelds that is used to mock the next gen of handhelds I have one but the sheer lack of retail games is a bit silly I don't buy games from the online store as they tend to cost twice as much as the retail for the price they charge they should ship me a case and booklet

white_wind
white_wind

I will be happy with Soul Sacrifice 2 with an open world and more variety of monsters. 

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Not exactly what he said...he never talked about having no plans for the PSVita, he was asked 1 question about the vita and MH4, to which he answered, Not right now. and some mumble jumble about wanting to get lots of 3DS users to get the game, and make it successful. Perhaps he feels that if they released MH4 on the Vita as well, it would take away sales from the 3DS version? What an odd way to do business. I never once thought that MH4 would go on the Vita, this interview does get my hopes up for a new MHP on the Vita though. In the mean time I will just play MH4 on the 3DS, already have it preordered. I gotta say though, I will be experiencing two different kinds of jaggies in this game, the enemy (read as Jyagi in Japanese) and dem smexy graphics! thankfully this game doesn't rely on superb graphics to be great.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

They're lying.  Expect Monster Hunter 4 United Super Turbo Gold Edition for Vita in 6 months.

sneeky_ninja
sneeky_ninja

this makes me sad, i was really looking forward to playing it on my vita.... stupid capcom.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

I see why the Japanese wrote the book on economics. Because clearly, selling only on the 3ds would result in more sales then selling on the 3ds and Vita. You know one would think at some point the employees at Capcom would look down and see they are on fire, the company is going down in flames. Guess not? They have alienated away many of the loyal fanbase from once promising and great franchise like RE, Mega man, Breath of Fire, Lost planet, even the Phoenix Wright base has taken a hit. Not to mention its turned SF into a joke on par with Madden, just add a new adjective to the same game and rerelease it. I guess some companies and people just won't take a hint until its too late.

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

Tis a shame because I'm not going to buy another Nintendo console just to play one of my favorite franchises. I will wait for these guys to come back to Playstation after a few years.

voljin1987
voljin1987

I have both a 3ds and a vita and i dont wanna play it on the 3ds.. 3ds is great for games in general but a game like monster hunter needs better controls then the 3ds can provide.. mh3 controlled horribly without the second analog stick.. and i am not going to but an add-on just to play a game

Aladrael
Aladrael

Capcom is really going lazy with Monster Hunter series. Now dont get me wrong, I'm really not one of those players who only care about graphics since I'm an 8 bit era gamer, but this game looks more like a Texture Hunter to me. And it looks same old same old content wise either.

What I'm trying to say is,they are even too lazy to try and make it look better and more richer than the last 2 games since it has a big fanbase and guaranteed sales,ofcourse they'd be lazy to bring it to Vita.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Well now that it has been confirmed Monster Hunter 4 won't be coming to the Vita, this leaves the gate open for any studio who wants to try their hand at a Monster Hunter clone, but were afraid they were going to have to compete with Capcom.

Evil_Apai
Evil_Apai

I love MH, but not have enough reason to get 3DS... Good luck Tsujimoto-san... Please bring MHV to PSVita. (V for 5 n Vita) :D

HoY4
HoY4

@FaeLKuN The comparison between 3DS owners and Vita owners are by a landslide is why. Like some have mentioned, more units make more sales. I've been playing MH since PS2 and all the PSP ones and only my small group of MH fan friends talked about MH, now everyone talks about it or at least knows of it even existing. It just gains way more spotlight as is now than it was on previous systems. Either way, I've always preferred it on a home console than a portable any day. I personally hope that they add a WiiU cross version like they did with MH3U. If not, I would like a Vita version too in order to use Vita TV for it.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@kishen95 PSVita has abysmal sales...are you kidding? No disadvantage at all?

Considering that MH3U came out on the 3DS and Wii U (Nintendo systems), many NEW fans would be upset that they would have to buy a PSVita to play Monster Hunter 4.

nemandus
nemandus

@white_wind Soul Sacrifice was ok up until 20 hours in when I realized spam ranged attacks ='s win.  Then the game got easy and boring.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@white_wind I love that game, and I haven't even played any of the 40 or so free DLC missions or bosses yet!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Just remembered that Capcom and Ninty have some (rumored) deal on MH games for a while, that 今(now) is pretty significant, meaning when that (rumored)deal is done, they are almost 100% going to release an MH on the Vita. I bet it was painful for him to answer that question.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Aladrael It's sorta like when Dragon Warrior 9 was on the DS.  Why?  Why the hell would you move it to handhelds?

grove12345
grove12345

@Aladrael maybe after 10 repetitious titles Capcom might be forced to expand to next gen platforms instead of selected consoles. I only played MHU and i loved it. But for freaking idiotic sakes try using the latest platforms please.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@modernrow @hadlee73 Yes I have, but (shame on me) I'd forgotten about it and I haven't tried it yet. I suppose this enhances my original point though, as now I may as well just buy Soul Sacrifice now that I know MH4 isn't on the way for Vita (so the competition have already made an extra sale). :)

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Oldboy08 Yeah, I see what you mean.

I honestly just want a console version of Monster Hunter 4. I hope they do make it and localize it.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@SirApathetic005 @Oldboy08 In that article he also talked about a series becoming stale on the same hardware. Couple that with a rumored deal with nintendo that apparently ends in 2014(if there is such a deal) and you have an ideal situation. I am sure it won't be MH4, they have never released the same game on two competing platforms. MHP4 though. That is a different story.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Oldboy08 Actually, never mind. The quote thing I was talking about actually happened before the contract rumor came about. Just did the math, lol.

You're right.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Oldboy08 Yes, I read it, but regardless, that same person said people will be disappointed if they wait and wait for Monster Hunter 4 to appear on the PSVita.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Oldboy08 Link?

Also, even if he did answer with that, why would he say "no" in an interview that's going to be publicized? You have to also realize how business works in the gaming industry.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@SirApathetic005 @Oldboy08 A rumored deal, which is rumored to end in 2014. In this interview he never said they aren't planning on making a vita game. He was asked if MH4 is coming to Vita, to which he answered, Not right now, and quickly started talking about the 3DS version, and their hopes for it to sell well.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Oldboy08 You sure that it will port to the Vita?

The head of the development team for Monster Hunter 4 responded to a rumor about how there's a contract between Capcom and Nintendo, and he basically said if people are assuming that is what's going on, then people are going to be disappointed after the release of Monster Hunter 4.