Monster Hunter 4 3DS Exclusivity 'Came Down to Timing'
Monster Hunter series creator Ryozo Tsujimoto explains why the latest entry is skipping the Vita
Back in the day, if you were a Monster Hunter fan, you stuck to Sony's portable platforms, but that changed with the release on Monster Hunter Tri for the Nintendo Wii. Now Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to the 3DS and Wii U, while Monster Hunter 4 is a 3DS exclusive title. Monster Hunter series creator and producer Ryozo Tsujimoto told IGN that the change "came down to timing" and that the 3DS version is the only Monster Hunter 4 planned for the foreseeable future.
"The series did start out on Sony platforms, but it's just realistic to think that it can't continue on one platform forever," Tsujimoto said to IGN. "With Monster Hunter 4, it actually just came down to timing - we were developing a new Monster Hunter and the 3DS hardware had just come out, so we figured it was probably the best platform for us to develop it on. You have two screens, with action on top and menus on the bottom, and there's the 3D view as well. It just made sense to put it onto 3DS."
"The way that we work with Monster Hunter games is that we see them as single entities, so we don't develop for one platform and then think about porting it to another platform. The situation with the 3DS and the Wii U is that we wanted people to play this game a lot, so that's why we have taken this [multi-platform] approach with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. But it doesn't mean we'll do that with new entries."
"Other than what we've already announced, we don't have anything that we're planning," said Tsujimoto.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to North America and Europe in 2013, while Monster Hunter 4 is scheduled for a March 2013 release in Japan.