Monster Hunter 4 On 3DS: Is Capcom Out Of Its Mind?
This time, the publisher may have bitten off more Lagiacrus than it can chew.
Last week, Capcom delivered the bombshell announcement that it plans to release the next iteration of its Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter 4, on 3DS instead of a Sony platform, particularly PlayStation Vita.
The news was especially shocking because of the company's success on PSP, where the Monster Hunter series kept the handheld afloat with well over ten million games sold. That's a ton of cheddar in the publisher's pocket.
First, and most importantly, this is wonderful for Nintendo fans. It's also great for Nintendo, as this will obviously move 3DS systems as soon as the game drops.
In fact, both Capcom and the big N will likely see a boost when Monster Hunter 3G arrives on 3DS December 10. That's right, 3DS will receive not one, but at least two Monster Hunters in its lifetime; 3G is a modified version of the smash hit Wii title, Monster Hunter Tri.
That said, it remains to be seen whether this was smart business on Capcom's part. While the door's certainly open to put a Monster Hunter on Vita in the future, it's sort of odd how the company basically turned its back on the throngs of loyal PSP owners likely to switch to Vita when the machine debuts in Japan December 17.
The message, for now, is clear: Want to play Monster Hunter? Buy a 3DS.
Thing is, Nintendo's portable hasn't exactly lit the world on fire. The system's numbers improved following last month's price drop, then sharply dropped, leading some to wonder if it's done for good.
That could ultimately spell bad news for Capcom.
Regardless of which side of the proverbial fence you're on, this is a huge gamble. Capcom expects those same fans, the ones that gobbled up all those PSP Monster Hunters, to jump ship to a Nintendo platform, but there's no guarantee it'll happen.
That leads us to wonder if there's some sort of backup plan. For all we know, a Monster Hunter could be in development for PlayStation Vita, just in case.
For now, though, Monster Hunter 4 is 3DS bound, for better or worse.