Capcom Explains Why Monster Hunter Frontier Online Is Being Made For Xbox 360

By Spencer . February 5, 2010 . 7:31am

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Monster Hunter Frontier Online isn’t a brand new game. Capcom originally made the MMO for PCs and servers are live in Asia. This summer it will also be on Xbox 360s, but why?

 

“We decided to offer this title for the Xbox 360 because of this console’s outstanding online game playing capabilities and for other reasons,” said a Capcom’s spokesperson during an investor’s Q&A.

 

Monster Hunter Frontier Online requires an Xbox Live gold account to play. Don’t have one? Don’t worry. The Hunter Life course fee includes Xbox Live gold service. If you paid for Xbox Live in advance each hunter life course will extend your membership a month. Players will be able to talk to each other via USB keyboard input. While Capcom added voice chat to the Western version of Monster Hunter Tri, they are undecided about adding the feature to Monster Hunter Frontier Online.

 

Capcom is making new servers for the Xbox 360 version. A closed beta is scheduled for May. Monster Hunter Frontier Online comes out in the summer.


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  • malek86

    “We decided to offer this title for the Xbox 360 because of this console’s outstanding online game playing capabilities and for other reasons,”

    Other reasons being money, I guess.

    “Players will be able to talk to each other via USB keyboard input. While Capcom added voice chat to the Western version of Monster Hunter Tri, they are undecided about adding the feature to Monster Hunter Frontier Online.”

    Doesn’t the 360 support chat in all games, as a dashboard feature? Though I don’t really know much about it, I don’t play multi.

    • SlashZaku

      Yeah, obviously, most are going to read the ‘other reasons’ as ‘$$$’.

      As for voice chat, I assumed the same. Then again, did FFXI have it when it was brought over?

      • neo_firenze

        Re: FFXI. Yes, the 360 version does allow voice chat as an XBL dashboard feature. But it’s not integrated into the game in any way, so you’d have to chat with friends through XBL. Plus, the vast majority of the FFXI population doesn’t play on 360 (PC > PS2 > 360 in terms of most commonly used), so on a game where you play with people across multiple platforms, it’s not nearly as useful.

    • kupomogli

      “We decided to offer this title for the Xbox 360 because of this console’s outstanding online game playing capabilities, Sony already has giant enemy crab where you can attack it’s weak point for massive damage, and Microsoft is paying us 599 thousand US dollars!!,”

      So Monster Hunter Frontier Online is going to have a giant enemy crab? Cool.

      • MisterNiwa

        Ok ok ok ok ok… where the heck did that come from?

        • Hraesvelgr

          Best not to ask… best not to ask…

      • StealthKnight

        So no crab battles then? Darn, and I had my giant syringe sword ready to do some curing.

    • JeremyR

      I think it’s pretty obvious that Capcom wants MH to succeed in the West. That’s the whole reason they put it on the Wii and now 360, as opposed to putting out another one on PSP.

      The Wii version didn’t do badly in Japan, but at best half what the PSP version did (and much worse factoring in budget re-release, the game is still on the top 50 charts 3 years after it came out). So they really have to really have MH catch on in the rest of they’ve basically missed out on a lot of money.

  • Serge73

    So essentially, because the game is good, and “other reasons”, which aren’t defined. What a pointless response…>_>

    (My complaining is directed at Capcom, not Siliconera!)

    • Dark_Sage

      I don’t believe you.

      Leave Siliconera alone!

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

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        • MisterNiwa

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          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

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          • MisterNiwa

            Ahhhh! Im a monster! A MONSTER!
            But.. we could make a deal, let me be part of the Siliconera Staff and i’ll have plenty of games to offer!

            Muhahahahaha.

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