Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Producer Talks Voice Chat, Western Fans

By Ishaan . September 25, 2012 . 10:30am

While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate won’t have online multiplayer on the Nintendo 3DS, it will on the Wii U. At the Tokyo Game Show, series producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, shed some light on what features are being planned for that version of the game, according to a Eurogamer report.


“In terms of new features, we have text chat in the game,” Tsujimoto shared. “Right now we’re looking into voice chat and seeing how we can get that to work, but it hasn’t been 100 per cent confirmed.”


With regard to meeting up with friends, Tsujimoto revealed that there is a friends list in the game that you can add your friends to. You can also use a search function to team up with other players that you don’t know personally.


Additionally, Tsujimoto stressed that Capcom do not intend to make major changes to the Monster Hunter games to increase their western appeal, instead opting for smaller tweaks like 3 Ultimate’s Target Camera feature, which makes the re-centre button focus on the closest, largest monster.


“We know there are a lot of people overseas who have made their own Monster Hunter communities,” Tsujimoto stated. “We know there are a lot of people who are huge fans of the series overseas. We want to make products to continue to build that fan base. We know it’s a fantastic game and an interesting game for overseas users. So we think if we continue working on the game, it’ll eventually start to break out.”


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in March 2013 in North America and Europe.

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  • Areuto

    I’m getting a wii U for sure now.

  • Areuto

    I’m getting a wii U for sure now.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Hopefully if we can use a method for voice chat it will be with USB headset mics or something, and not the almost useless Wiispeak.

    •  Wii speak isnt useless but yes a headset would be nice

      • ZEROthefirst

        True it’s not useless but it doesn’t work as well as one would hope it would.

    • Showmeyomoves

      The GamePad has a built-in mic. :)

  • I think not catering towards Western tastes is the right way to go because whenever Japanese developers try to do that they end up pleasing neither side of the globe.

  • Shiki

    ” Yes there are huge fans overseas , but NOT huge enough to be profitable ”

    That’s the sad fact about it .. Hopefully the upcoming games will be able to attract more people to the franchise , to make Capcom reconsider the fate of MH overseas

    • I wouldn’t say not huge enough to be profitable. Each game in the series has sold okay, and Tri broke it out much further, even if it wasn’t some kind of booming 2.5 million-seller.

      I think 3U and 4 will help even more, especially since they’re on new, successful platforms, where there’s a chance to create awareness early on and get people invested in the series.

      • Shiki

        It may sounds great for us , but i don’t think it will with Capcom .. an Okay , for a series that sells like hotcakes isn’t good for Capcom , that’s what i believe , i believe that MH disappointed Capcom overseas , it wasn’t what they thought it would be , and I wouldn’t call Capcom greedy , but they want more than THAT

        Exactly , that was the plan , and I hope it’ll work , i’m puttin’ my faith on the 3DS and Wii U to bring more fans to the series

        • zeta

          I know a couple of people that will buy 3 copies for 3DS and 1 copy for WiiU ver. hope alot of people are like that mentality

    • zeta

      the only thing that made MH unprofittable in the west is the rampant piracy used to play the game in PSP if Wii wasnt hackable the sales would be much better than it was supposed to be.

  • Brian

    lets see Wii U for Monster Hunter 3U and 3DS for Monster hunter 4 sounds about right :)

  • Spider-Man

    I don’t want any changes from the original 3G. Little tweaks I don’t mind. I’m glad they’re not making major changes for the Western audience. 

    • There are no changes from Tri G. He’s talking about features that are included in the Japanese version of the game that were designed with non-Japanese players in mind. Target Camera is in all versions of the game, and is also in Monster Hunter 4.

  • Sardorim

     Yes…. I support small improvements as long as they don’t compromise the reason we love this game. Hunting monsters that are persistent, refuse to die, and take a strong heart to face in the ring of HONOR!

  • konsama

    If you wanna please your overseas fans don’t take a year to release it after it was in Japan.

    Ignoring P3rd, by when MH3U releases here we’ll be exactly one game delayed in comparison to Japan, not saying they should release at same time, but maybe localize MH4 with at least 3-4 months max, or what when we finally be getting MH4 they’ll be getting ready for MH4G?

    • While it is frustrating that we’ll be playing 3U when Japan gets 4, it isn’t really their fault in this case. They always intended to have 3U done in time for holiday 2011, in order to start building up an audience on 3DS. The reason we’re getting it so late is because they recognized that:

      a. It needed to be online for the west.

      b. Having Tri be on a console helped in the west.

      3U on Wii U has been in development for a year or so now, which means development must have begun around the time that the 3DS version released or was basically ready to go out the door. Can’t really blame them for that, you know?

      And I’d say they’re already taking the necessary measures to try and look out for the western fanbase a little better. I mean, look at the online multiplayer in 4. I’d reckon they’re doing that more for us than for Japan. :)

      • Barrylocke89

        Seriously. The fact that MH4 has online is making me (cautiously) optimistic that it will come out in the West. Here’s to hoping!

        • Spider-Man

          Not to mention the Western cowboy themes.

      • konsama

        Indeed, i thought the same about MH4 online capabilities, but still it would be great to get MH4 in at least less than a year after the Japan release.

  • Capcom took a ballsy risk by releasing Dragons Dogma and Asura’s Wrath a little while ago; I’d like to see them take risks and release more Monster Hunter over here. Go Capcom! o/

  • I wonder how Dragon’s Dogma 2 will be. . .

    oh, and I’ll get this game on day 1. . . when I can afford the WiiU

  • psycho_bandaid

    No online = no thanks. I will wait for the 4th game if it makes the trip, or I will get the wiiU version when I want the system and it is actually in stock somewhere.

  • XxStoicmonkeyxX

    Maybe they can actually update those textures? they look llke something a normal psp could handle and they haven’t so much as touched it for all these re-releases or new iterations.

    And voice chat an option in 2012? how is it that hard to allow talking.

  • Rogerrmark

    l will probably get both versions.Even if the 3DS version doesn’t feature online multiplayer,I’ll buy it since I luv playing my RPGs on portables.

  • Myles Lynch

    It make’s me really disappointed in the MH community in general to see all these people saying that their passing up the game entirely because it lacks online. First of all, it doesn’t, and second of all, that shouldn’t matter in the least. The fact that the 3ds version doesn’t have online can’t be changed- not even by nintendo, they talked about how they couldn’t make it work due to the system not being compatible with the online servers earlier this week. Furthermore, if it doesn’t have online, that encourages people to go out and introduce friends into the game, thus boosting sales. If you’re not good enough to solo, Get a friend or a sibling to help you. Come now people stop whining about online, and start showing support for the only MH game to leave Japan in 3 years.

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