Here's Why Monster Hunter World Isn't Coming To Nintendo Switch

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Monster Hunter World is just days away from launching on PS4 and Xbox One, while a PC release is also coming later this year. But Capcom has so far not announced a Nintendo Switch version of the open-world game (which is quite good, as you can read in our Monster Hunter World review). The game's co-directors, Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda, have now stated why they haven't yet brought the game to Nintendo's hybrid console, and if it could happen in the future.

"We don't have any plans for the Switch at the moment," the pair told IGN. "Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost four years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was PS4 and Xbox One. So [the decision was made] before the Switch was even announced or on sale.

"It's also because for every title we decide what [hardware is the best fit] for the concept. We don't just look at everything. It's more like, 'If we want to achieve this kind of game concept, where's the best place to achieve that?' For this title, the PS4 and Xbox One were the best fit for us."

Monster Hunter World is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this Friday, January 26. Be warned: the game requires a day-one patch that's pretty important, since you won't be able to play online without it. The 1.01 update will weigh in at roughly 815 MB, though the exact file size will likely vary depending on which console you're playing on. Most importantly, the update adds online multiplayer, event quests, chat, and other online features, meaning you won't be able to play Monster Hunter World online with other players or download any additional content until you've installed the patch.

Monster Hunter World's first big update, meanwhile, will arrive sometime this spring, adding the Deviljho monster. Capcom has also announced a retro Mega Man armor set for players' Palico companions, as well as a PS4-exclusive set of Horizon: Zero Dawn gear. A special edition Monster Hunter PS4 Pro bundle is also on the way. For more on the upcoming RPG, check out some of our Monster Hunter World gameplay.

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Litchie

Booooo!

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JumbleLife

https://youtu.be/aYIaNwoZxeg

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XenomorphAlien

Would grab it on Switch but it seems I'll have to go with Xbox on this.

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wexorian

In development for 4 Year and they are still releasing game after 9 month on PC, So PC development had not even began and we'l get Shitty port , What ever even if it won't be a shitty port 9 month delay kills all hype for me, And as for switch there will be Monster hunter for it BE SURE ON THAT. Switch Console/game Sales proves that GRAPHICS are not Main thing and majority of GS and online community are Just haters toward non their PLATFORM.

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Professor_Megaman

They forgot to mention that they're Capcom, and squandering multi-million dollar opportunities is they're specialty.

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itchyflop

@thedud3abides: lmao !!! good call!! :)

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Professor_Megaman

@thedud3abides:

It's amazing what some gamers are willing to put up with.

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Thanatos2k

1. Hardware sucks.

2. Nintendo online systems are amateur hour.

Not complicated.

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wexorian

@Thanatos2k: Monster Hunter 4 Switch version says HI!!! :)

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Thanatos2k

@wexorian: A 5 year old game? Yeah, point proved.

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djezhel619

@Thanatos2k: You seem like a Nintendo hater :)

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Thanatos2k

@djezhel619: I own all their consoles. Weird.

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djezhel619

@Thanatos2k: Just a wild guess since the hate was strong with you on this thread. Shall I remind you.... You said "Nintendo Hardware Sucks, Nintendo Online system is Amateur hour"? Weird.

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Thanatos2k

@djezhel619: Because it's true. Sorry your Nintendo fanboyism doesn't allow you to recognize the state of reality. Nintendo is good at making games, and not much else.

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djezhel619

@Thanatos2k: Its about how well and fun the games are not about realism and how strong the hardware is. But you just fall into the pool of the same cancer of gamers who think better hardware is better and that online gaming is the only thing thats fun. I wonder why the switch is selling so well with underpowered hardware and sorry ass online infrastructure.

Your only argument i see is assuming im a nintendo fanboy, idiocy. I skipped the wii and the wii u. I gamed on the the xbox, xbox 360, along with some pc. My last sony console was ps2, but now i see that all 3 plus pc had its good games, so own all 4. Sorry that you cant, you probably need to work overtime.

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Thanatos2k

@djezhel619: I liked the part when you tried to draw conclusions about me when you clearly know nothing.

The Switch is selling well because it's a better handheld than the 3DS. Not because the Switch is a better console. By the way, the 3DS vastly outsold the Wii U.

But make no mistake, multiplatform games sell poorly on the Switch, and their online playerbase is a barren wasteland.

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returnofsoma42

As one who owns both a Switch and a PS4 I'm okay with this. Each console has its good points. I really don't see what the big deal is here since it's not coming to Switch right now. Maybe one day it'll come. If not maybe Capcom will localize Monster Hunter XX or whatever it's called. Time will tell

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itchyflop

@returnofsoma42: well said

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Xristophoros

even capcom got tired working with the 3ds by the sounds of it. it would take a lot of work to get this game to run on the switch... might happen one day but not for a very long time.

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wexorian

@Xristophoros: Naah they had not got tired making games especially 3ds that KEPT MONSTER HUNTER ALIVE while MH3 Tri did not made a Much money on other consoles.

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Xristophoros

@wexorian: i'd say a mh game with proper controls, better visuals and performance was overdue. i cannot play intensive action games on a handheld... a game like mh deserves better anyways.

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PlaystationZone

That why not coming to switch because hardware use for

moster Hunter world but when I played beta some parts of game look like PS3 game so still can come to switch.

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ElevenHandMan

@playstationzone: Yes the only logical thought to have is that some parts of the game were not as graphically up to par in a beta, so this game and all of its components can obviously be ported to the Switch with no issues. Come on, seriously?

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Ohaidere

I'd rather see MH xx localized for the US on switch since I have a PS4.

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gamingdevil800

@Ohaidere: Not happening anytime soon cause they want MHW to be a big success in the west.

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Ohaidere

@gamingdevil800: probably true unfortunately. Ive really enjoyed it as a handheld series, but I'm still happy to see this series get heavy duty treatment, as long as content doesn't and depth doesn't suffer.

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mersad

To me MH is better as a handheld game, because it's a game built on grind system.

You have to spend a bunch of hours just to upgrade your weapons.

This whole "appealing to the west" crap is stupid.

Just Localize the damn XX or make one for switch.

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ArcoJawa

And as usual, one of the consoles is acting like this game ONLY come out on said console~

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Berserk8989

@ArcoJawa: Who's gonna play it on Xbox? MH is not a dude-bro franchise after all :D

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ExoticCharm

@Berserk8989: Since games like COD and Battlefront are selling more on PS, then it's only fair to call playstation the new dude-bro system. :)

Xbox seems more for core gamers that appreciate good co-op games and they will be buying the hell out of MH.

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Berserk8989

@ExoticCharm: Well, it has more than 2 times the hardware sold, so how could those not be selling more :P What I was getting at is, that there simply isn't the variety of games to be found on Xbox One, than there is on the PS4, let alone the PC. Mostly just mass-fodder games and genres. The niche market is almost non-existent on it compared to the other platforms.

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ExoticCharm

@Berserk8989: The majority of these "niche" titles you claim the playstation has over Xbox can mostly be summed up as either weeaboo games or third-person action titles, and a lot of them are single-player only or have a half-assed multiplayer component. That's not exactly breaking the mold or offering variety, especially for playstation. Where are games like Cuphead, Pit People, Path of Exile, Slime Rancher, State of Decay, Sea of Thieves...those are far more unique, especially in their execution.

Xbox has it's variety of niche games, whether you want to recognize them or not.

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Berserk8989

@ExoticCharm: See, with statements and terms like 'games suck without a multiplayer' and 'weeaboo' you're the definition of an uneducated dude-bro :D

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ExoticCharm

@Berserk8989: I didn't say that games without multiplayer sucked. I said that games without or with little multiplayer is what playstation is known for, and doesn't show good variety. If you have to change what I said to try and make yourself look better, then you are clearly grasping for relevance in this argument.

Besides, using terms like "dude-bro" is the definition of an uneducated weeaboo. :D

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Berserk8989

@thedud3abides: There are dude-bros on any platform, what I was getting at is, that there simply isn't the variety of games to be found on Xbox One, than there is on the PS4, let alone the PC which kind of implies that the Xbox community isn't interested in anything but mass-fodder games and genres. The niche market is almost non-existent on it compared to the other platforms. Nier, Persona 5, Yakuza 0 & Kiwami, Nioh - all great (but kind of 'niche') games of 2017 and none saw a release on the Xbox One. Cuphead was the only bright spot in 2017.

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aross2004

@ArcoJawa: What now?

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Xristophoros

@thedud3abides: i don't get how you can call them "crapcom" while at the same time praise them for mhw. you make no sense. only a company like konami deserves a negative nickname that is used at all times... and perhaps EA.

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Ragnarok1051

It’s getting really annoying when half of your articles are just links to other articles.

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xxmavr1kxx

@Ragnarok1051: gotta get those clicks. How about review round up articles that are updated with a Review in Progress. I love those also.

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Thanatos2k

@xxmavr1kxx: Especially when there ARE many other complete reviews with actual scores they could have included instead.

It's like they have secret back door contracts to promote specific sites...

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xxmavr1kxx

@Thanatos2k: I hate how news also takes so long to hit. 3 hours ago it was announced Game Pas for Xbox will include MS exclusives at Launch. An hour ago bandai announced they fixed the online issues for Xbox and DB fighterZ is having another Beta for Xbox Today and tomorrow.

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