After somewhat of a drought, Capcom has unleashed a new trailer for Monster Hunter 4. As expected, the fourth major portable instalment in the firm’s power-selling franchise isn’t much of a departure from the rest. You’ll still be going toe-to-toe with a variety of neutral and hostile creatures roaming the game’s luscious yet unpredictable ecosphere, two of which are the iconic Tigerex and Rathalos.
In terms of handheld gaming, Monster Hunter 4 will easily be one of the most significant releases of 2013. Just about every game in the entire series has spent a number of weeks dominating the Japanese sales charts. For Nintendo it could be a tremendous shot in the arm for the 3DS, though some fans may be left alienated.
After all, the original Monster Hunter was born and bred on PlayStation platforms where the property has flourished continually for nearly a decade. If Monster Hunter 4, like Tri, were to miss yet another release on Sony hardware, it could go either way for the franchise.
It may be early days though Monster Hunter 4 isn’t looking as grand as some will have expected, barely matching the still-impressive visual fidelity of its first PSP instalments. With better graphics, dual stick controls, and neat network functionalities, Monster Hunter 4 Vita seems like an absolute no-brainer. Come on Capcom, sort it out.