Of all the game crazes that are hot in Japan, perhaps one of the most long lasting and all-consuming has been Monster Hunter yet it is still a game series which doesn’t see much love in the West. Monster Hunter Tri hit the Wii a while back to fairly moderate success, and the 3DS exclusive remake along with the forthcoming Monster Hunter 4 are yet to be confirmed for release outside of Japan. That could all change pretty soon though, particularly if Capcom USA’s new community manager, Yuri Araujo, gets his way.
Araujo has recently written an introductory post on the Capcom-Unity site, specifically aimed at Monster Hunter fans in the West. He told readers: “I actually joined as a user specifically to inquire about the situation regarding Monster Hunter 2 Western release back in 2005/06 – so I know exactly how it feels to be lacking a new MH game for a while. Patience is a virtue, right? Eventually it pays off somehow. We’ll have something veeeeery soon.”
All this sounds very positive and seems to be backed up by various retailer links, and promises by Capcom that they are keen for the action RPG series to become more popular outside of Japan. Which title would you like to see though? Should Capcom bother with Monster Hunter 3G, or just wait for Monster Hunter 4 now? Or could we be seeing a Wii U version shortly after launch utilizing that system’s online abilities?