During the corporate’s 41st annual meeting of shareholders, Capcom administration was requested two Monster Hunter-specific questions:
- If the corporate plans on porting Monster Hunter: World to the Nintendo Switch
- If the corporate will develop a brand new Monster Hunter recreation that’s fashionable with highschool college students in Japan
The reply to the primary query was a easy “no”. Monster Hunter: World is not going to be ported to the Nintendo Switch.
The reply to the second query was a “yes”. Capcom is planning a Monster Hunter recreation that can be fashionable with junior and senior highschool college students in Japan. This is the place issues get attention-grabbing.
Prior to Monster Hunter: World, which made the sequence a breakout hit within the west, Monster Hunter was hottest in Japan, the place it was performed by each kids and adults. Most Monster Hunter video games previous to World had been on moveable gadgets just like the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Portable, which made them significantly fashionable with highschool college students, since they may carry the video games round with them and play collectively throughout breaks, on the playground, or at gathering hubs like McDonald’s.
While Monster Hunter 4 and Monster Hunter Generations had been each successful with this viewers, Monster Hunter: World, by advantage of being on residence consoles, isn’t fairly as fashionable. In truth, the sport has solely offered within the neighborhood of two million items at retail in Japan—fairly a bit lower than Monster Hunter 4’s Four million.
So, when Capcom says it’s creating a brand new Monster Hunter that can be fashionable with Japanese highschool college students, logic dictates they’re speaking a few recreation for a transportable gadget just like the Nintendo Switch, which might permit children to play collectively over native multiplayer—one thing Monster Hunter: World doesn’t permit for. It helps that the Switch is extraordinarily fashionable in Japan, having outsold the PS4’s lifetime gross sales, and already has various video games which can be fashionable with the highschool demographic, resembling Pokémon, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart.
In truth, a brand new Switch model of Monster Hunter has at all times been a matter of “when” reasonably than “if”. Capcom has hinted at this prior to now, too. In 2018, Capcom administration was asked the same question—if they’d port Monster Hunter: World to the Switch—and the corporate’s official response was that they’d develop a Monster Hunter recreation particularly for the Switch as an alternative.
Just when this recreation is introduced stays to be seen, however it might have already got been teased. During a celebration of Monster Hunter’s 15th anniversary in 2019, Capcom’s Yasunori Ichinose posted a “message card” that spelt out the letters “N E X T”.
Ichinose served because the director of Monster Hunter Generations and various prior Monster Hunter video games launched for moveable gadgets, however hasn’t had his identify featured in a brand new recreation since. Ichinose isn’t included within the credit for both Monster Hunter: World or its Iceborne growth, which suggests he’s been engaged on a distinct recreation for the reason that launch of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.