Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate adding cross-region play, off-TV support

Capcom to release software update in April that will merge NA and EU game servers, allow gamers to play entirely on GamePad.

Capcom announced today that a post-launch software update for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will add cross-region play and off-TV support for the Wii U action game.

The update will arrive in April and will merge the North American and European game servers to allow all users to play together. "This is happening solely because you communicated your thoughts very loud and clear--and it made sense," Capcom said.

The publisher reiterated that online play for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is free and that the game will be supported by free downloadable content quests delivered "almost every week."

The first extra quests will be available when the game launches March 19 in North America and March 22 in Europe.

As for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate off-TV play, when the update arrives, gamers will be able to play the entire game solely on the Wii U GamePad screen. Capcom said this feature was one of the first requests it received when the game was announced.

A 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is also on the way.

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122 comments
broran256
broran256

now if only they'd make an update to give the 3ds version online play

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

I'm excited about the option to play off the controller. That way my roommate can use the tv and i can still play lol

Zignoff
Zignoff

How about also addressing the fact you still can't play the damn portable online even though the system is fully capable of it ....

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Pretty sure I played a few games with people from all round the world on the old PSP games, but part of me thinks this is a way to bring down costs by running less servers, say hello to possible lag.

ZomDie420
ZomDie420

most hardcore game right here for the nintendo only suck it other systems already pre-ordered yeah!

whitejackel
whitejackel

i want MH back on sony systems where it came from.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I am gonna buy a wii u just for this game.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Capcom... I don't know what to say. This goes against everything you've stood for for a long time. I'm impressed and honestly incredibly shocked at the same time.  Someone pinch me.

petsodon
petsodon

Please release this game for the Vita also. Pretty please.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

" "This is happening solely because you communicated your thoughts very loud and clear--and it made sense,"

So the other times gamers have voiced their opinion to you about certain aspects of certain games, you heard us, but they didn't make sense? Well, Mr. "Capcom", I thank you for your honesty. I may not agree with it, but thank you for clearing that up.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Cool. One of the devs were saying just lask week on CapcomUnity that the game would probably never be playable on the GamePad only. So that's good news. 

craigprime
craigprime

 Whoa, a company actually LISTENED to us? Semi-sarcasm

martaye
martaye

this is such a great game and needs to be on more consoles...

Hellsasin
Hellsasin

Oh man get hype. Already pre-ordered MHu WiiU bundle. My body is ready.

chang_1910
chang_1910

pry stupid Q, but can u play online while doing OFF-TV play?? (sorry have not gotten a wii u yet, this game would be the reason for the buy.. :) )

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

is the 3ds version gonna use the circle pad pro?

cause the demo doesnt, and its ass

manoogian
manoogian

what's this? demons souls without the difficulty or pvp?

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

Where the Bloody hell Is MH4 Or any of them coming to the Vita?

Old the good old times when friends group up to take out monsters on the PSP 

Until Peace walker LOL

I'll wait... playing Soul Sacrifice for now

oflow
oflow

looks like wow

Nate401
Nate401

@Zignoff They are actually making a piece of equipment for the U that relays the 3DS signal. Most I heard is it is a go for Europe and a probability for NA. So go buy a Wii U and spend more money.

Sampawende
Sampawende

@Rovelius Actually it's still not playable on the gamepad... What ? Oh ? It's not playable period.

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

@DaneGamer its gonna get better we got bayonetta 2,assassin creed 4 black flag,watch dogs,pikmin 3,the wonderful 101,xenoblade 2,legend of zelda wind waker in hd, possibly the next cod in november and retros secret game and many others

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@manoogian 

Oh the stupidity. No PvP, yes, difficulty? Now you're proving what an idiot you are. Anyways, it's Monster Hunter, a game you can get more hours of playtime than 25 Western AAA titles combined.

svaubel
svaubel

@manoogian Lol, Monster Hunter has been around long before Demons Souls was even thought of.

chang_1910
chang_1910

@manoogian demon and dark souls are awesome, one of the best, if no the best RPG in a long time; but completely different to MH.. so i m going to assume u r just trolling and no that u r that ignorant, and did not even google a bit before posting

chemdm
chemdm

@manoogian Are you just being an ass or are you serious?  Monster hunter was originally on the ps2.  It also is not an easy game by any means, and has more interesting combat mechanics by forgoing lockon and making you actually have to find your target.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@GhostOfSparta4 looks like ya' gotta buy a Wii U :P (and there's more of that sentence to come)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Tripwolf 

I have a British friend who's now excited that he can play with us in the US. Last I checked, they speak English in England, I also have many friends in Germany, all capable of speaking English because you know, English is the most widely spoken language in the world. But it's okay, continue living in your ignorant bubble.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@Tripwolf Yeah, you're right. It's just simply impossible for anyone in Europe to be bilingual. Simply. Impossible.

chang_1910
chang_1910

@Rovelius @chang_1910 wow!! that is impressive, sooo good news. i wonder if it would reach from my gaming room into my bedroom, is official MH will eat my soul... lol

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@abHS4L88 I laughed quite a bit at "they speak English in England" just how derp can someone be to not realise this? Then again maybe he's on about the scousers, even I don't always understand them, lol.

But on a serious note, having played Lol quite a bit almost every Eu country has English as a second language in schools (and they teach it really well), which makes me sad that at my English school they bearly taught me how to say there's a bus stop in one language, makes me feel ignorant : ( 

chang_1910
chang_1910

@manoogian @abHS4L88 ok then on that line.. have you ever play white night chronicles for ps3? is similar (to the online coop of course) but the monster battle are a LOT more impressive, and imho the carving of monster is better (u can do more with the carving / farming)

if u have not play WKC series, hmmm... is a fantasy adveture, dunno if will say rpg (u have weapons and upgrades, but i dont thing it can be call an rpg in all sense of the word) u go into quest, and rank your "hunter" Solo play is not as excited, but multiplayer is amazingly fun :)

enjoy gaming

manoogian
manoogian

@abHS4L88 @manoogian actually it was an observation from someone who's never even heard of the game, yes ignorant, but not in negative type of way you're making it out to be.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@manoogian @abHS4L88 

No, the game that offers the most value for what I pay for I would favor over a game that lasts for 10 hours. I got Fire Emblem shortly after it came out and didn't mind not getting any new games for the past month because I've been having a blast with Fire Emblem. 

I can't justify spending $60 on a 10 hour game, but $60 on a game that could last me 50-80 hours is easily worth it. My life is exciting, because I have other hobbies outside of videogames. At least I'm not the one making ignorant statements. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@JimmeyBurrows @abHS4L88 

Even in Asia, English is still fairly common. In the Philippines and Japan, they teach English over there. 

I do remember seeing this one chart yesterday of average number of languages spoken from each country.

Japan - 1.2

England -1.4

France - 1.7

China - 1.9

Spain - 2.1

Luxembourg - 2.7

Sweden - 3.2

USA - 0.7

XD maybe that's why. 

chang_1910
chang_1910

@Tripwolf @SirApathetic005 is simple with news to ppl that have friends/family in EU... and it does not remove from ppl that is not affected, all my gaming friends are in US, but when a game is worldwide is always more ppl around, more opportunities for others, it does not remove anything for me (or you as far as i can imaging) so .. cool

Rovelius
Rovelius

@Tripwolf @SirApathetic005 Holy shit, are you really that dense? There are English speakers ALL across Europe and I'm not even mentioning the UK.

Omg, people...