Monster Hunter Frontier Online Confirmed, Other Capcom Xbox 360 Games Dated [Update]

By Spencer . January 26, 2010 . 12:22am

imageIt’s official, the game Capcom and Microsoft were teasing is a port of Monster Hunter Frontier Online. The Xbox 360 version is due in Japan this summer.


Along with Monster Hunter news we have release dates. Super Street Fighter IV is scheduled for April 28. Lost Planet 2 will thaw a month later on May 20. Dead Rising 2 has a vague we’ll get to this sometime this year window. While these dates are just for Japan, Capcom tends to launch major releases around the same time worldwide.


The other three games will be available for the PlayStation 3 and in the case of Dead Rising 2 PC, as well. However, Monster Hunter is one of Japan’s biggest franchises and now Microsoft has a stake of it. Will a PC to Xbox 360 port convince Japan to buy Xbox 360s this summer?


Update from Ishaan:


Capcom sent over a press release confirming their North American line-up for spring 2010. While Monster Hunter Tri still has a vague "April" time frame, they did announce dates for some of their other big games.


  • Super Street Fighter IV will release on April 27 in North America and April 30th in Europe.
  • Lost Planet 2 for the 360 and PS3 is locked down for May 18, 2010 in both North America and Europe.
  • While they don’t have finalized release dates, Final Fight: Double Impact and Magic Sword were both confirmed for Spring on XBLA and PSN as well.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Considering Lost Planet sold much better in North America, I’m sure LP2 will be released around that time, too. Hell, most of the advertising we’ve seen for the game has been specifically targeted to English-speaking audiences, even.

    Same is true for Dead Rising 2, as well.

  • dgknight500

    I was PO’d at first, but then I heard it’s just a port from the 3-year old PC game (which was a port of the 5-year old PS2 game)… The 360 can have this one…

    I’d rather see a MH game bult from the ground up for next gen systems… And hopefully one that comes to the PS3 :)

  • thebanditking

    Pass, though the question was will Japan pass too? I believe they will, for one its a port and an old one at that. Second Monster Hunter 3 did well but not anywhere near what was expected and that was on Wii, a system that Japan actually supports. Monster Hunter has never done better then the PSP entries and I think thats the real home of the fanbase, portable wireless hunting while on the train, in the car/bus. So while I am sure Capcom was all to happy to give MS a Monster Hunter, especially the pure profit of this entry in the series; I think its going to be a wash for both.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Honestly, when it comes to the Japanese market, the best idea seems to be to just stick with handhelds. Unless you’ve got a name like Final Fantasy, I suppose. I guess it could be released outside of Japan, but… I kind of doubt it. The relatively small North American fanbase is much like the Japanese fanbase in that they’re more interested in the PSP releases. Also, I really doubt anyone wants to pay monthly fees for the game (even if it includes XBL).

      • thebanditking

        especially if they already pay for XBL, they what incentive is there?

    • badmoogle

      Yeah i totally agree.Japan is a difficult market to crack for home console manufacturers,especially for non-japanese ones.
      I expect MHF online to give a slight boost to 360 sales for a week or two (at the most),and then it will be back to normal.

      • thebanditking

        I agree, thats likely how it will play out but I can’t ignore this feeling that it wont even do that. Im not saying to give up but MS needs to focus on establishing their brand with new material aimed at the Japanese, not trying to figure out what Playstation or Wii games will sell on Xbox. The Japanese will never pick Xbox over PS3 or Wii, so its better to differentiate then mimic.

  • So the 360 is getting a 3 year old port of a 5 year old original game? HAHAHA FAAAAAAAAAAAILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. seems like the 360 is taking whatever scraps it can get

    • Hraesvelgr

      I sadfaced.

    • Could you imagine the irony if this were on PS3 instead?

      • What, you mean like God Of War Collection?

    • ECM

      While that’s a bit over-the-top for me you are, essentially, correct.

    • Tokyo Guy

      I agree with your sentiment. The 360 is an utter failure in Japan, and nothing will change that. There have been a handful of hits for the console (most of which are Idolmaster games) and yet still Microsoft is trying to do the impossible. Why even bother? Who is really going to go out and buy a 360 just to play this game? Why isn’t it a NEW installment?

      It’s funny though, how Japan is basically smitten on the PS3 and yet North America and Europe are in love with the 360. You truly get a good picture of the type of gamers in said markets.

    • gar3

      I don’t really see how this is a “fail.” Capcom probably went to Microsoft and suggested a port of this PC version. The reason it’s a port and not a brand new built from the ground-up version is because Capcom is testing the market and is wisely choosing a safe option that isn’t going to lose them any money. Although I dislike using buzzwords, it’s a win-win: Capcom gets to see how well the Monster Hunter franchise could potentially do on a future Microsoft console in that territory (let’s be honest, Capcom ain’t worried about the 360 market over there) and Microsoft gets a big-name game to talk about. Microsoft would have been nuts not to have jumped on this.

  • soooooo the game is actually 7 years old? O_O ……..
    not that i care really but it is monster hunter and i did like the PSP game .
    but im full of MMo´s for now and FF14 is coming …….

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