Monster Hunter 4 delayed

Capcom pushes 3DS action game to tentative summer 2013 launch window for "further quality enhancements."

Monster Hunter 4 has been delayed. Capcom announced today that the 3DS action game is no longer slated for release by March 2013, and is instead now tentatively scheduled for summer 2013.

Capcom said the decision to postpone Monster Hunter 4 was made on the basis that "further quality enhancements" would be needed to meet fan expectations.

"Capcom apologizes to all stakeholders and Monster Hunter fans who are anxiously awaiting this new game for this delay and asks for their understanding as development on this exciting title continues," the company said in a statement.

As a result of Monster Hunter 4's delay, along with "weakened" sales of Resident Evil 6, Capcom today slashed its full-year net income expectations by 33 percent. The company previously targeted net income of ¥9.8 billion ($1.6 billion) for the period, but is now anticipated to total ¥6.5 billion ($1 billion), or a drop of ¥3.3 billion ($529 million).

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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MadJerry_1
MadJerry_1

I actually just started playing Portable 3rd a month ago. This will give me time to log more hours before I need to switch.

GothikaGeist
GothikaGeist

I hope MH4 will be online-enabled. Unlike MHTri: Ultimate, which is only online-enabled on the Wii U.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Do any of those 'further enhancements' include something other than hopelessly-repetitive and boring gameplay elements...? No? Don't bother MAKING ANOTHER IN THIS SERIES! If I wanted a hunting game of this caliber, why don't you think I would grab one of the vintage buck hunting games?

gba1989
gba1989

The game developers need not to worry. We fans could wait. I'd just wished they make it open world. The ''door to door'' map style is sometimes inconvenient. They should've localized MHP3rd too while they are at it.

 

Now to buy myself a 3ds.

NeoCloudZero
NeoCloudZero

I don't mind which system they bring it to as long as they bring it over to North America. I mean i did clock over 1000hours in MH during the ps2 days.

Tzardok
Tzardok

RE has been garbage for the past few years. 

wicked_laugh
wicked_laugh

Just combine Dragon's Dogma with Monster Hunter already. I love monster hunter, but the stiff azz combat controls are really showing their age. Let me climb on the back of Lagi and stab it in the spine! Let me shoot ten arrows into a Rath and drop it from the sky. Hell make it open world so I won't get smacked when following Diablos into the next area due to load times.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Is Monster Hunter 3 fun? is it worth getting?

Anyone please let me know as ive been thinking about it but dont no if i should or not.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

I'm not interested in playing this game on handhelds anymore Capcom.  Just put up on Steam so I can play it properly.

dre256x
dre256x

Make Wii U version, please...

wizo59mt
wizo59mt

monster hunter 3 has been milked to the bone, yet they cant make a dam monster hunter outsided nintendo platform, garbage if you ask me, i gave up on monster hunter. i lost interest since i always have to play it on a handheld or a wii and thats not my ball of tea, i imported monster hunter 3rd for ps3 and it would surfice my monster hunters cravings but its to hard to understand the japanese language barrier, i sure hope phantasy star online 2 makes it over here since i know that will block any thought of monster hunter..

unreal_master
unreal_master

I honestly think they should have skipped 3 for Wii u and 3ds and went right to 4.

MH4 on Wii U and 3ds released in japan and Us at the same time would have been marvelous. I really hate always being far behind in the monster hunter releases compared to japan.

Evil_Apai
Evil_Apai

Honestly... It really2 look bad to bear number 4. That number make us all expect more than 3.

Yalaa1
Yalaa1

I want MH4 for Wii U.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

as long as it is a great game.. no problem

SolidTy
SolidTy

So, now MH4 is releasing in Summer 2013...in Japan.

 

I suppose the west may not see it until 2014, maybe Winter 2013 if we are lucky. This series doesn't get released outside of Japan as much as it should.

Celsius765
Celsius765

hmmm does this apply to the wii u version

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

And to clear up what i mean by ignore fans look up Operation Cherry Blossom and the numerous petitions to bring MHP3rd to the west.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Well speaking MH4 still looks like a ps1 game, i am good with it being delayed.

 

I am not joking folks, go watch a HD trailer from them.Look at screenshots as well, looks freakin terrible.

 

MHTriG looks much better.I don't see why they are advertising with such shitty visuals.

 

And those that are waiting for MH4 to come to the west? Don't count on it. If MHU tanks then we will not get another monster hunter for years at best or ever again.

 

Last time we got a western version of MH, it did not sell well and we ended up waiting 3 and a half years.Then capcom ignored it's fans just like they did megaman and now we are getting MHU.

 

If it tanks though.....don't count on ever seeing MH stateside again.Learn some japanese.

Nexozable
Nexozable

Got my 3DS XL ready for MH3 Ultimate and MH4...

Also have my WII U ready for MH3 Ultimate too! Just need to store up on a lot of food, find a way to lock my door so people can't crash in to get me out and a oxygen tank.

jaifrecap
jaifrecap

I just bought a 3DS for xmas. I can wait for this game while I catch up.

Halloll
Halloll

who else think they're delaying it to slash some content, keep it in the game cart and sell it as DLC?

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

For those who might not know, this is concerning MH4's Japan release. Though we know there will be a NA release nothing has been released.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

It could have been worst, at lease it's not Luigi's Manion been delay and that game will keep me busy until MH3 is release and besides, there are other games to play anyway.

atopp399
atopp399

I have a feeling it has to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate being released in March.  They would cannibalize sales if MH4 was released at the same time as 3 ultimate wouldn't they?

BOctober26
BOctober26

Great, more delays.  Oh well, I guess it gives us something to look forward to after we manage to get through Fire Emblem, Etrian Odyssey and Castlevania.

unreal_master
unreal_master

So Monster hunter 3 ultimate for 3ds and wii u plus monster hunter 4 was gonna come out in march?

shadowdoggg
shadowdoggg

Now go back to what Resi was all about, survival horror

shagrath1987
shagrath1987

Take your time over there tri u will keep me busy for the next year bring the us version over here next year for Wii u and 3ds :)

DarthRevan-
DarthRevan-

@GothikaGeist it was already annouced before all this that capcom has confirmed that mh4 for 3ds will infact receive online play for free. so its same as tri.

Tzardok
Tzardok

 @wicked_laugh If only they would bring MH to Sony or Microsoft once more... I clocked 250 hours on my PS2, loved the game but honestly can't play it on a portable.

Araknie
Araknie

 @GH05T-666 I had it on Wii, fun it's fun but you must like farming and redoing the same missions various times for different rewards.

There is also real farming, smiting and important enemies have different spots you have to hit 'em for different drops and much more.

And the Wii U/3DS versions will probably have even more stuff.

dre256x
dre256x

 @wizo59mt They choose the easiest platform and the most popular one in Japan..

They are figuring if they make a profit in Japan, then when its release other place its just extra cash.. 

Delandau65
Delandau65

 @SolidTy This is because this series isn't 1 tenth as popular outside of Japan as it is inside of Japan

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

@Celsius765

There isn't a Wii U version of MH4. The Wii U is getting the older game, Monster Hunter 3, as an HD port. You can also buy Monster Hunter 3 now for Wii.

 

Monster Hunter 3G HD is coming to 3DS and Wii U in the West, and  Japan just got it. Of course, for the West they are renaming it as MH3 Ultimate, but it's still a port of the 3rd MH game.

 

This article is about Monster Hunter 4, a full fledged sequel.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @Celsius765 WiiU version is not MH4, it is MHTriG as a HD port.MH4 is 3DS only atm.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @jaifrecap You do realize your gonna have to buy a japanese one right? It is NOT region free.

Vickman178
Vickman178

 @Kenshin0011 Sucks we probably won't get it till like 2014. Maybe Christmas 2013 if were lucky.

 

Also we better get Dragon Quest 7. Thats coming out in Japan on Feb 7th not Capcom but still...Nintendo published those games( DQ series not MH) in NA so hopefully they do it again.

Nexozable
Nexozable

 @atopp399 Well, MH3 Ultimate is already out in Japan. March 2013 in the release for us European/North American folk I believe. There wasn't been an announcement in regards to a NA/EU release for MH4 as of yet.

 

So yeah. 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @unreal_master In japan.

 

MH4 is japan only and will not be coming to the west.If you want it you need to buy a japanese 3ds and import the copy as well as a japanese analog attachment.

 

None of it is region free.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @SolidTy  The Mh 3 game on Wiiu is different from Mh3 on the Wii..that game is Monster Hunter Tri G in Japan on the 3ds with more content.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @IanNottinghamX It's the same game with added content, yes. That's what companies do to ports, the late ports get added stuff. It's an industry practice at this point.