Hailed as one of the most successful handheld franchises in the world, Monster Hunter is finally coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Titled Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting, the iOS game erodes a number of mechanics from the PSP versions to deliver straight-up one on one clashes with the game’s fearsome roster of creatures, taking cues from Chair’s Infinity Blade.
Making a full-scale port of the actual Monster Hunter would be an almost impossible task and one which wouldn’t do the insanely popular action RPG any justice. The controls have been boiled down, granting basic actions including movement, basic attacks and evasive manoeuvres, whilst still allowing players to use items. Instead of presenting hunters with open environments there is a menu charting the numerous beastly opponents which look to get increasingly tougher as the game progresses. There aren’t any concrete details surrounding character customisation, one of the series’ biggest selling points, though from the footage it appears that crafting materials are rewarded after each battle, so we assume there is an in-game weapon/armour-smith hiding somewhere.
The game is set to launch in June for Japanese App Store customers, and will hopefully become available in other regions fairly soon.