Capcom is planning to release more Monster Hunter titles outside of Japan, an internal interview has revealed.
According to Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono, Monster Hunter Frontier G will lead the way. Commonly known as the first “MMO” in Capcom’s flagship series, Frontier originally launched on PC before “G” offshoots began to appear on consoles.
Currently the title is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, Ono confirming that a Vita version is still in the pipeline. As Ono explains:
The reason why we have increased our support for so many hardware platforms is because we have our sights set on distributing services for this game in the future outside Japan. We simply can’t release a game as it is, but need to adapt all the necessary services to the unique characteristics of each region. In preparation for that, we’ve broadened our scope and started launching individual titles across multiple hardware platforms.
Bringing Monster Hunter to all platforms is a sound strategy. It’s easily one of the biggest gaming series in Japan and could well take off in the west with the right backing. What’s currently holding it back is Capcom’s narrow-minded support of Nintendo hardware.
The 3DS may still be shifting units but that doesn’t explain why the Japanese publisher has shied away from a multi-platform strategy.