Capcom Unveils Gorgeous Free-to-Play Monster Hunter MMO

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Capcom Unveils Gorgeous Free-to-Play Monster Hunter MMO

A PC Monster Hunter game powered by CryEngine 3 might be worth relocating to China.

The Monster Hunter series has never been able to decide which platform to call home. After the first game was released on PlayStation 2, the series has tried the PSP, Wii, 3DS, and even the iPhone, rarely releasing more than one title for each device (outside of Japan, at least). Now, Capcom and publisher Tencent Games have their collective eyes on the PC, and it isn't going to waste that opportunity. The cult classic series is going all out with Monster Hunter Online: a free-to-play MMO powered by nothing less than CryEngine 3. Don't start reaching for your greatsword just yet, though, if you're anywhere outside China - there's no word on whether or not it'll be coming to other regions as of yet.

From the few details that are available, Monster Hunter Online looks like it'll stay true to the Monster Hunter name while expanding in just about every direction. Plenty of familiar monsters, weapons, and armor will be making a return (with an HD facelift), though expect plenty of new content as well. You can be sure that the new adversaries won't be simple rehashes of previous beasts: one of the new monsters, 大岩龙 (which roughly translates to "big rock dragon"), won't be stopped by any less than 24 players working together - far beyond the 4-player limit of most previous games in the series.

Another new addition to the classic formula is the handful of vehicles that players will be able to use, both for transport and combat. In the game's reveal trailer, you can see one-seat jet skis of some sort, as well as massive airships and boats. Larger vehicles may even serve as dynamic arenas for some boss fights. We'll also see some atmospheric upgrades like a time-of-day system and dynamic weather that can alter some monsters' tactics.

All in all, the game sounds pretty incredible for fans of the series - which makes it all the more heartbreaking that many of us might never see it. Several Monster Hunter titles were never localized outside Asia, and it's a definite possibility that this could be another entry to that list. Testing on Monster Hunter Online begins in June, with no official information about a release for other regions.

Source: NeoGAF, via All Games Beta

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Gsh, fuckers.
Give us something over here. Please? I really can't be bothered to get a WiiU or 3DS for this and maybe one or two other games but dammit I need some proper Monster Hunting.

SWEET DILDOS!

I'm certain there will at least be a Japanese release. I mean come on, it's Monster Hunter. I knew there was a reason I started learning this language. Time to grind me some Kanji.

The game looks glorious. It looks like it will be everything I love about Monster Hunter but on the PC and an MMO. I think Capcom are trying to figuratively suck me off with this. The way that dragon's tail was lopped off at the end had me squealing for joy. And were they water and air vehicles I spied at the end of the trailer?

Very, very much looking forward to this.

Something in the UK for the PS3
please
PLEASE

I don't get it. Games like this and Phantasy Star Online look great, but major Japanese companies are so scared to release their awesome games in North America and Europe. Yet the F2P MMOs that come out of Korea see some success. Japan really needs to stop being afraid of the market outside Asia, it's hurting them so badly right now.

I don't know why, but whenever I see any news about a new MonHun, my hype-o-meter fills up to the maximum. It's like magic.

Dear Capcom. If you release this in North America, I will forgive you for all your bullshit transgressions and love you again. Signed, Riley

P.S ALL OF MY WANTS AND ALL OF MY MONIES

I want it...
I want it, I want it!
I WANT IT!!!!?!

I hope it gets some cross platform action going too.
Also an Australian release... T_T

This and PSO2 may be the thing that gets me into MMOs...

That CryEngine 3 though. Not sure if my PC will run it:(

Don't get your hopes up. Three words pretty much summarize the fate of all Monster Hunter PC titles in the West/US/EU regions.

Monster Hunter Frontier.

Look it up.

Holy crab... THIS. This is what Monster Hunter should look like. So pretty... *sigh*

Capcom, if you know what's good for you... Localize this sucker on Steam! Watch the profit roll in.

The one thing that concerns me is that Tencent is involved - I'm not necessarily saying that they are bad, but they are known to have the government meddle with their games.

Also for those who aren't understanding why China's getting their own MMO - Consoles, or at least Nintendo's, have been banned from being sold in China. No Nintendo (or consoles) means no MH, and if China's populace demands MH, then the only MH can be brought over is if one was made for the PC. They've sated the rest of the world's palate with MH3 and MH3U - Expecting them to bring the MMO to the rest of the world so soon after MH3U's release might actually cut into its sales. Besides, if you wanted a MMO, why didn't you ask if there was going to be one before being hyped by MH3U? Yes, that would've been a difficult decision, but that's why you have to be careful with what you openly express interest in.

TemperHoof:
Don't get your hopes up. Three words pretty much summarize the fate of all Monster Hunter PC titles in the West/US/EU regions.

Monster Hunter Frontier.

Look it up.

I played a fair bit of Frontier in Japanese and I can honestly tell you the game is pretty shit. You aren't missing out on much.

Do want. C'mon Capcom, this would be so awesome to play for us westerners.

While I do liked the game but I highly doubt I will get it even when they did release it in the UK (no offence but I just find just killing/ capturing the monster and gathering far too repetitive). None the less I do want to see that game to be release outside of Asia.

In other news, every employee of Capcom suffered severe injuries today after being trapped under gigantic piles of money for an unknown period of time. Near-suffocation and crushed limbs were among the injuries suffered, but the most common injury was the disfiguration of the eyes into the shape of comically-oversized dollar signs. One employee, while being loaded into an ambulance, shouted at the top of his lungs "I regret nothing!" before falling unconscious.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-

-cough, inhale, exhale- .... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

omg oh my god, Ozamahgood! I want this, no no, i WANT THIS, i want it NOW! NOW I DEMAND YOU!

i need a new set of pants, this trailer was so fantastic, they CAN'T just keep this in the asia region! Come on, this is seriously a big thing, i'd pay Monthly for this!

I think it would be important to note for a few people that westerners really wont have a problem playing it, they just might not be able to READ anything in the game :P

Well I... how do I... great hope has come to me this day. I hope this gets released everywhere it looks like the MH I've been waiting years to play. Please PLEASE let this come to NA.

Desert Punk:
I think it would be important to note for a few people that westerners really wont have a problem playing it, they just might not be able to READ anything in the game :P

Really, how much can English captions set them back? It's not like they have to build a whole new engine for that.

First Thought: Oooo.. That looks interesting. Definitely need to take a look at-
*sees only in China*
Second thought: -....crap.

Seriously I do want to try a Monster Hunter game Capcom, but you never seem to make them for platforms/in regions I can get.

DVS BSTrD:

Desert Punk:
I think it would be important to note for a few people that westerners really wont have a problem playing it, they just might not be able to READ anything in the game :P

Really, how much can English captions set them back? It's not like they have to build a whole new engine for that.

It could potentially cost them nothing at all, make localization a fan project like Minecraft did.

Okay, settle around. History time.
First we had Monster hunter, and it was good.
Sequels were made, and they too were good.
More were made but Capcom began to favor the Eastern market more, taking more and more time to release the games to the West.
Thus began the decent.
At first, it was the move to strictly the PSP for us.
Then came the memory card mandatory upgrade just to let the game load between areas at a reasonable pace.
Then when the PS3 was coming out, we bought it in hopes of a soon to be released console Monster Hunter.
They betrayed us.
Without warning, they switched to Nintendo, abandoning all of the Playstation users who had come to love the game, making those with no more money to spend after their purchase of the ps3 be left with no other option but to abandon the IP, taking on similar titles such as Dragon's dogma and Dark Souls though, they were not the same.
In the midst of all of this, there were rumors and legends of Eastern MMOs of the game, even blatant ripoffs that in comparison to what we had, were far more advanced. They too never saw the shorlines of the Western front.
Now we come to the present, given images of what could have been, now only locked away into a region far from our own where even if we found a way to play it, would lag beyond use.
At this point, many others and myself are insulted.
As a hammer user for over 980hrs, I will never buy another Monster Hunter game again.

Yesterday, I would have told you that Capcom is dead to me. Today, I believe that I can feel a faint pulse.

VanQ:

TemperHoof:
Don't get your hopes up. Three words pretty much summarize the fate of all Monster Hunter PC titles in the West/US/EU regions.

Monster Hunter Frontier.

Look it up.

I played a fair bit of Frontier in Japanese and I can honestly tell you the game is pretty shit. You aren't missing out on much.

Really?

Thought it was the same formula as every other monster hunter.. only that its on PC and has the most monsters of all MH titles?

So if its basically the same as whats on consoles.. why is it shit? Oo

"Monster Hunter" and "MMO" have always seemed to go together like butter and toast in my brain. Apparently Frontier didn't have enough of a market for a Western audience. To be fair, the game itself is pretty niche - it's not like in Japan, where games in the series are enough to sell consoles. A subscription model probably wouldn't work in the US.

Free 2 Play seems like an interesting alternative, that I'd be willing to give a shot. My only worry is that it will end up being Pay 2 Win.

Awww! Please Capcom Please! I will buy your free to play game, I don't care. Just release it to the west.

Capcom, I want this shit here yesterday! I'd even pay for it.

Gormech:
Okay, settle around. History time.
First we had Monster hunter, and it was good.
Sequels were made, and they too were good.
More were made but Capcom began to favor the Eastern market more, taking more and more time to release the games to the West.
Thus began the decent.
At first, it was the move to strictly the PSP for us.
Then came the memory card mandatory upgrade just to let the game load between areas at a reasonable pace.
Then when the PS3 was coming out, we bought it in hopes of a soon to be released console Monster Hunter.
They betrayed us.
Without warning, they switched to Nintendo, abandoning all of the Playstation users who had come to love the game, making those with no more money to spend after their purchase of the ps3 be left with no other option but to abandon the IP, taking on similar titles such as Dragon's dogma and Dark Souls though, they were not the same.
In the midst of all of this, there were rumors and legends of Eastern MMOs of the game, even blatant ripoffs that in comparison to what we had, were far more advanced. They too never saw the shorlines of the Western front.
Now we come to the present, given images of what could have been, now only locked away into a region far from our own where even if we found a way to play it, would lag beyond use.
At this point, many others and myself are insulted.
As a hammer user for over 980hrs, I will never buy another Monster Hunter game again.

you missed the part where sony demanded they crowbar in trophy support, and gave absolutely no help when they asked to make it online, and then essentially said "pfft, who are you going to go to? nintendo? HAH!"

capcom didn't betray you, sony did

Karadalis:

VanQ:

TemperHoof:
Don't get your hopes up. Three words pretty much summarize the fate of all Monster Hunter PC titles in the West/US/EU regions.

Monster Hunter Frontier.

Look it up.

I played a fair bit of Frontier in Japanese and I can honestly tell you the game is pretty shit. You aren't missing out on much.

Really?

Thought it was the same formula as every other monster hunter.. only that its on PC and has the most monsters of all MH titles?

So if its basically the same as whats on consoles.. why is it shit? Oo

apparently it's very much pay2win, the good armours are DLC, the good monsters are DLC, the style ranks are DLC, the buffs needed to make grinding take a lifetime instead of three is DLC (and limited time, so you need to keep buying them)

and it has a subscription fee.

imagine if WoW and GW2 had a baby that required constant cash transfusions to stay alive, and then also occasionally demanded money to buy luxuries for it's hospital room

The thing I love about Monster Hunter Ultimate 3, since that is how I got my first fix, is that the mats were reasonable, the bosses were reasonable, the equipment was reasonable, the items were reasonable, I can go on and on with how well the game is designed over all. In an MMO, especially with a game like Monster Hunter, I am now going to expect grinding the beginner monsters a good dozens of times just to get the mats for a single piece of armor. Than they will add armor deterioration to keep players from getting to the last monsters too fast. Than there are going to be a stupid amount of debuffs to delay the kills longer. Especially since it will be a Chinese MMO...which tend to be very grindy.

I love monster hunter the way it is. I have history with many MMO's and MMO's mostly fall under the same category of grind immensely for a single piece of armor. want the whole set? Spend a good month, well for me anyways because I have terrible drop rate luck.

AdamG3691:
[quote="Gormech" post="7.406061.16887878"]Okay, settle around. History time.
First we had Monster hunter, and it was good.
Sequels were made, and they too were good.
More were made but Capcom began to favor the Eastern market more, taking more and more time to release the games to the West.
Thus began the decent.
At first, it was the move to strictly the PSP for us.
Then came the memory card mandatory upgrade just to let the game load between areas at a reasonable pace.
Then when the PS3 was coming out, we bought it in hopes of a soon to be released console Monster Hunter.
They betrayed us.
Without warning, they switched to Nintendo, abandoning all of the Playstation users who had come to love the game, making those with no more money to spend after their purchase of the ps3 be left with no other option but to abandon the IP, taking on similar titles such as Dragon's dogma and Dark Souls though, they were not the same.
In the midst of all of this, there were rumors and legends of Eastern MMOs of the game, even blatant ripoffs that in comparison to what we had, were far more advanced. They too never saw the shorlines of the Western front.
Now we come to the present, given images of what could have been, now only locked away into a region far from our own where even if we found a way to play it, would lag beyond use.
At this point, many others and myself are insulted.
As a hammer user for over 980hrs, I will never buy another Monster Hunter game again.

you missed the part where sony demanded they crowbar in trophy support, and gave absolutely no help when they asked to make it online, and then essentially said "pfft, who are you going to go to? nintendo? HAH!"

capcom didn't betray you, sony did

Point taken. Still stuck with the PS3 though so I'm gonna have to settle with what I've got for now.

Karadalis:

VanQ:

TemperHoof:
Don't get your hopes up. Three words pretty much summarize the fate of all Monster Hunter PC titles in the West/US/EU regions.

Monster Hunter Frontier.

Look it up.

I played a fair bit of Frontier in Japanese and I can honestly tell you the game is pretty shit. You aren't missing out on much.

Really?

Thought it was the same formula as every other monster hunter.. only that its on PC and has the most monsters of all MH titles?

So if its basically the same as whats on consoles.. why is it shit? Oo

I, at least, am farily certain it is not shit, else Capcom would not have supported it for 6 years and through about 14 expansions by now.

I'm no business guy, but I'm not really sure why expanding the userbase of your free to play MMO is a bad thing.
Starting in China makes sense but not expanding after the fact, to me, does not.

I do realize translations and providing NA and EU servers are not free, but one would imagine they would get enough sales to offset the cost and increase revenue.

But, again, this is Capcom, they frequently don't make sense. Monster Hunter Frontier would have done well as a PC title here, as we have a large constituent of PC gamers who are thirsty for good Japanese titles.

Just share the fuck out of the video and talk about it a lot so they notice some serious Euro/US market trending and actually think about releasing it here.

Gormech:

AdamG3691:
[quote="Gormech" post="7.406061.16887878"]Okay, settle around. History time.
First we had Monster hunter, and it was good.
Sequels were made, and they too were good.
More were made but Capcom began to favor the Eastern market more, taking more and more time to release the games to the West.
Thus began the decent.
At first, it was the move to strictly the PSP for us.
Then came the memory card mandatory upgrade just to let the game load between areas at a reasonable pace.
Then when the PS3 was coming out, we bought it in hopes of a soon to be released console Monster Hunter.
They betrayed us.
Without warning, they switched to Nintendo, abandoning all of the Playstation users who had come to love the game, making those with no more money to spend after their purchase of the ps3 be left with no other option but to abandon the IP, taking on similar titles such as Dragon's dogma and Dark Souls though, they were not the same.
In the midst of all of this, there were rumors and legends of Eastern MMOs of the game, even blatant ripoffs that in comparison to what we had, were far more advanced. They too never saw the shorlines of the Western front.
Now we come to the present, given images of what could have been, now only locked away into a region far from our own where even if we found a way to play it, would lag beyond use.
At this point, many others and myself are insulted.
As a hammer user for over 980hrs, I will never buy another Monster Hunter game again.

you missed the part where sony demanded they crowbar in trophy support, and gave absolutely no help when they asked to make it online, and then essentially said "pfft, who are you going to go to? nintendo? HAH!"

capcom didn't betray you, sony did

Point taken. Still stuck with the PS3 though so I'm gonna have to settle with what I've got for now.

What..the...fuck O_O. A Monster Hunter fan who UNDERSTANDS WHAT HAPPEND!? HOLY MOTHER OF....its been years...YEARS since i've met another monster hunter fan with SENSE. Its...its glorious...;_;

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