Monster Hunter 4 is gearing up for its release in Japan next month but you will not be catching this game on the PlayStation Vita anytime soon as the game is going to remain an exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS which is likely to be very disappointing news to fans of the game who have followed the series along the various Sony platforms. Sony has had a very long association with the Monster Hunter series with the last title, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, being released for the PSP back in 2010.
“There’s a limit to how long something can be continuously developed on the same hardware,” Tsujimoto said. “The Monster Hunter series started out on the PlayStation 2, then on the PlayStation Portable. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd [which was a huge hit] had reached the end of the line, and in order to meet new expectations, it was required for us to switch platforms.”
“Games have ideal release periods, which also determine when their development begins. This resulted in our judgement of seeing the 3DS as the most desirable [platform for Monster Hunter 4].”
“[There are] no [plans for a Vita version] for now. We want to have as many people as possible play it on the 3DS, and we are only thinking about making it succeed.”
Monster Hunter 4 is due to release for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on September 17th and has been set a target of 2.8 million units for its first seven months on sale. Hopefully the game will see a release on the PS Vita but I wouldn’t expect it anytime soon if Haruhiro Tsujimoto’s comments are anything to go by.