Spend Summer Vacation With Monster Hunter Frontier Online

By Spencer . February 25, 2010 . 1:08am

imageCapcom set June 26 as the release date for Monster Hunter Frontier Online. Microsoft has something planned for that day too, a special edition USB keyboard bundled with a code for a sword.


The version of Monster Hunter Frontier Online launching in Japan is the beginner’s package and it comes with a host of digital items. A 30 day hunter’s license and one month of Xbox Live is also part of the 6,090 yen ($68) package. The keyboard goes for 1,050 yen ($12).


Now for the bad news. Monster Hunter Frontier Online’s fees will not include Xbox Live Gold membership at launch. A news bulletin explains integration between Microsoft’s system and Capcom’s existing infrastructure was more difficult than expected to complete this before July when online service starts. So, if you want to play Monster Hunter Frontier online you may need to purchase a 1,400 yen ($15) hunter life license and have Xbox Live Gold membership. Fees sum up to roughly 2,200 yen ($24) per month, less if you purchase a longer Xbox Live Gold subscription. Capcom is checking to see if silver members will be able to play online without additional fees similar to Final Fantasy XI.


When the game was first announced, the hunter life course fee and Xbox Live Gold membership were bundled together as a 1,400 yen ($15) package.

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  • malek86

    That’s a lot of money for just a single game.

    Though, most Xbox users are Gold members already, so it’s not like they’ll have to pay for it again. Still, if they do bring it to the west (which probably won’t happen), guess they’ll have to remove the fees just like MH3.

    • Code

      Well they don’t have to remove the fee’s but I figure they are generally trying to build up an audience in North America. I imagine if MH3 was a real smash hit, they’d considering bringing this to North America with fees.

      • malek86

        That would probably be a good way to see it flop. Would MH3 be a smash hit in the US if it had fees? It might not be one even without fees.

        On a side note, I’ve ordered my MH3 some 20 days ago, and it’s still not come. I hate airmail.

        • Code

          Well exactly, I think perhaps my wording must have been poor — Capcom doesn’t know just how large of an audience there talking about for MH yet, outside of what data they can pull from MHFU and the PSP series. It’s safer for them to have free online right now, rather then have an online fee and end up having it flop because people pass on a P2P wii game.

          But after MH3, if they found it sold extremely well in North America, (which honestly I figure conditions might just be right for this to happen), they would have a better grasp of the size of there audience here. Right now MH3 is pretty much testing the waters here for the series to be on something besides PSP. If they found success chances are they would consider bringing more MH to North America, and MHFO on the 360, likely wouldn’t be unrealistic.

          Although thinking on 360 and it’s whole gold membership, I guess there probably more likely to just rely on getting money indirectly through just the gold membership itself, rather then try and tack 360 gamers with a second fee here (although it doesn’t seem like that was the initial plan in Japan either). Although admittedly I’m not sure entirely how the relationship between xboxlive/3rd parties works in that respect. Still I wouldn’t rule out if Capcom did have great success with the MH series here, them trying P2P at some point.

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