Capcom Has Their Sights On Bringing Monster Hunter Frontier G Outside Japan

By Ishaan . February 3, 2014 . 7:36am

Update: Siliconera received a statement from Capcom regarding the possibility of bringing Monster Hunter Frontier G to the West. “For the West, no announcements have been made,” a representative said to Siliconera. The post’s headline has been updated after receiving the statement.

 

Capcom have plans to release their online subscription-based Monster Hunter game, Monster Hunter Frontier G, in the west. Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono revealed plans for this endeavour in an internal interview conducted at the company.

 

“The letter ‘G’ in the title implies it’s compatible with a wide range of platforms, including PlayStation3, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PC. We’re also planning to extend this support to PlayStation Vita,” says Ono.

 

He explains: “The reason why we have increased our support for so many hardware platforms is because we have our sights set on distributing services for this game in the future outside Japan. We simply can’t release a game as it is, but need to adapt all the necessary services to the unique characteristics of each region. In preparation for that, we’ve broadened our scope and started launching individual titles across multiple hardware platforms.”

 

At one point in the interview, Ono states: “There is little need to focus on game consoles in other Asian countries because they are only used by hardcore gamers. We do intend to continue marketing titles aimed at hardcore gamers, but in general our primary focus in the Asia is building up the market for online games.”

 

Going by that comment, since Ono mentions releasing Frontier G on consoles with the intent of releasing the game outside Japan, one can assume that he isn’t referring to Asian territories.

 

Monster Hunter Frontier G is developed separately from the main series of Monster Hunter titles. The latest in the series of mainline titles, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, will be released in the west in early 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

 

Update: Added clarification regarding “outside Japan” comment and updated headline.


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  • Ramengeddon

    omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg ITS HAPPENING

  • ronin4life

    That doesn’t really sound like THIS Frontier will most definitely come over, seeing as how he is “Confirming” it without actually announcing that it is coming over at all.

    Still, most people say it isn’t really good… and I am not really one for MMO’s. I’ll keep my eyes open, but…. meh for now.

  • Minos

    This thing has Cross game between platforms?

  • Amalaira

    Who knew that the letter ‘G’ had such meaning!

    • Virevolte

      I’ll name my son with it.

      • AuraGuyChris

        Only do so if the last name is compatible!

      • Victory

        ChrisG?

    • karldeck

      Well, it could also mean Geass.

    • malek86

      They mean those platforms’ owners will suffer like G did.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Monster Hunter Guts

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Monster Hunter Gaga

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Call me a pervert but I thought it was a cup size~.

    • zferolie

      Monkey G Luffy

  • Iyyuchtus

    I wanna play this badly, but I believe this a subscription based game right?

    • Thatguy

      It’s not only subscription based game, it is also game with a ton of microtransactions.

      Dunno, maybe in G they’ll change that, but i doubt it. But people, who *want MH on Vita* will pay for both, it seems.

    • Thatguy

      It’s not only subscription based game, it is also game with a ton of microtransactions.

      Dunno, maybe in G they’ll change that, but i doubt it. But people, who *want MH on Vita* will pay for both, it seems.

      • Massaki

        Are you sure you’re not confusing it with Monster Hunter Online, the one developed by Tencent, which was going to be F2P from the beginning? Monster Hunter Frontier has always been a subscription-based game, as far as I know.

        • Thatguy

          No, i am talking about that subsrciption game WITH microtransaction.
          I don’t believe, that i typed f2p, instead of p2p.
          I am stupid semi-human being.
          Sorry, people.
          Edit: fixed my earlier post

          • Massaki

            Honest mistake! Happens to anyone! As far as it having micro-transactions included in MHFrontier.. I honestly do not know. I lost track of Frontier’s updates a couple years ago. Guess it’s time to find that out.

          • Thatguy

            Yeah, i hope that they reduced amount of microtransaction in some updates. Otherwise, it’ll bomb in west. Like nuke.

      • sd28

        no your right here is a post from gaf explaining it

        The cash shop shit in Frontier is also completely fucking insane. I COULDNT IMAGINE what it would be like if the game was also F2P. Which everyone here seems to want? I know it would change if brought West, but the cash shop stuff is just so crazy. Im pretty tolerant of IAP stuff and not a guy who yells P2W every time a game sells skins, but holy shit lol. The stuff you can buy with real money in frontier is insane.

        Here’s some examples of the cash shop in Frontier

        Hunter’s Course: $14/30 days. Required to do anything relevant in the game. Without it you can’t gain exp or fight much of anything except Kut-ku.

        Extra Course: $6/30 days. Gives you access to boxes in town (otherwise need to go into private area, PITA), ability to buy additional items (honey, traps, mats for meals, etc), and gathering missions where you can gather 14-16 times per node instead of normal 4-6.

        Premium Course: $10/72 hours. Gives you 200% exp, access to premium quests that gives 200-500k z.

        Assist Course: $10/72 hours. Gives you a demigod AI partner that uses drinks on you, heals you, plays flutes, deal absolutely crazy damage, can’t die, and wake syou up from dizzy/sleep/etc.

        BoS Course: $10/72 hours. Gives you another 200% bonus exp, and extra books of secrets for when you are grinding Style Rank. (Another leveling system for each specific weapon that begins at HR 500 and limits the rarity of equipment you can use on quest, gradually being removed as you level up. In return you get some additional moves for each weapon. SR carves are required for high end gear)

        Forward Course: $30/72 hours. Lowers damage you take by 60-70%, gives you a 25% damage boost, gives you an extra carve off everything

        Cash Shop Armor/weapon sets: $25-30. These are usually around 95% as good as normal armor, but about 100000x easier to upgrade. When you see people in various anime outfits or using weird looking stuff its from here.

        Armor/Weapon “Booster Packs”: Same as the sets, except you get random tickets for various items int he set, and you need several of each ticket to make / upgrade.

      • yukisama

        It is pay to play It definitly is pay to WIN also.Sure, the game is playable by just paying the monthly fee but would you rather pay extra to have 100 runs of the same quest to get your materials in 20 hours or not pay and have it take you 100 hours to get the materials

    • SprintsMcGee

      That is what the article said….

  • Iyyuchtus

    I wanna play this badly, but I believe this a subscription based game right?

  • TheExile285

    Seriously? And they are even going to release the Vita version? Man, they are pushing this game hard.

    Hope it doesn’t backfire….

    • HighBrowDrifter

      I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this….subscriptions for a game like Monster Hunter is risky business imo.

      Time will tell.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      It more than likely will. I mean, it’s not even a good MMO and if people have to pay a monthly fee, they’ll go for the better offering which right now is FFXIV~.

      • Joshua Lewis

        See…i wouldnt say that not if you like hunting large monsters any way which is what allot of my friends want to do..but cant

  • Virevolte

    Hum. Is it the version of the game where you need to kill a hundred times the same monster to get to the next rank ? Or I totally misunderstood ?

  • Lone

    “Outside of Japan” might simply mean “Asia” though.

  • Talearc

    Hopefully when they release this game, it’s gonna be F2P LOL

  • Kuromadou

    i dunno…my hype still goes for MH4 though~

  • Chaos_Knight

    So….does this mean we won’t get GG, the improved graphics version?

  • Ric Vazquez

    Now I can get a pet Rathalos

  • tubers

    So what’s with the Double G (MHFGG)? Is it coming too?

  • malek86

    “The letter ‘G’ in the title implies it’s compatible with a wide range of platforms”

    That makes it weird to see MH4G being only available on 3DS then. I wonder if Ono made up this excuse in an instant during the interview.

    Anyway, if they make it subscription based here, it will bomb hard. So they probably won’t, like for MH3.

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

      He definitely just made that up. Tsujimoto has never said anything about G other than that it means a certain amount of content and difficulty.

  • Go2hell66

    called it

  • icecoffemix

    Outside Japan is a vast place and not necessarily the west.

    And anyway, I’d rather have the one with Cryengine, that sure is pwettty.

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

      Actually, Ono goes on to mention that for Asian territories, they don’t intend to focus on consoles, so this is almost certainly for the west.

      • icecoffemix

        Okay, thanks for clarifying. :)

  • Rinkawa Erion

    “We’re also planning to extend this support to PlayStation Vita”

    keyword here is “planning”

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Called it!

  • MitsukiIX

    sigh another MH game… i rather see em release sengoku basara 4 here

    • Lucas Martinez

      I agree with Sengoku Basara, but MH is fine too.

    • Kamen Rider Rayz

      Monster Hunter fans dislikes this. Lol!

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    I get the feeling a lot of people who’ve had this long-standing curiosity regarding Monster Hunter Online and Frontier are not going to be pleased when those games inevitably come over.

    • DesmaX

      Well, it does sound like a pretty cool concept. Did they really mess this one up?

    • Go2hell66

      how is it different from regular monster hunter? apart from subscription fees

      • KuroNathan

        You know how MH has a lot of issues with rare drops and grinding for super rare drops? Frontier exacerbates that issue by making the drop rate even lower from what I heard

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

        It’s not quite as polished, it’s even more grindy, and it’s paid online.

        • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

          I hope Capcom knows what they’re doing.From what you’re saying with it being grindy, not well-polished, and suscription-paid based…that’s not a good combination for it, isn’t it?

          • ZEROthefirst

            It isn’t a good combination for MHF at all.

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

            Well, MHO is already F2P, and I suspect they’ll make Frontier F2P as well, if they bring it to the west, so that should help alleviate some of the annoyances.

      • ZEROthefirst

        It doesn’t actually feel like Monster Hunter when you play it, it plays a bit differently. It’s the same basic gameplay but some things were changed up and it’s sluggish and clunky. The majority of monsters are re-skinned up the a$$ with slightly different moves here and there (I know it’s Monster Hunter but this goes crazy with it), paid subscription, and if you think drops for things are rare on the consoles… think again. I can’t say how the game feels in the long run, but I’m just speaking from the few days I got to play it when one of my buddies from Korea was here.

      • icecoffemix

        @Setherzam:disqus
        @zerothefirst:disqus
        @Ishaan:disqus
        3 people 100% agree that it’s very grindy, so I guess it’s infamous for that. Evil things to do since it’s subscription based.

        Can’t say I’m surprised though.

  • Learii

    I know Monster Hunter don’t have fee but how about this one? because is say subscription-based

  • konsama

    Oh shit it’s happening, where else did it snow in the equator?!?!?!?

  • DarthSithZero

    PLEASE! CAPCOM! I’m dying to play Monster Hunter on my Vita.

    • icecoffemix

      I’m not :P

      Go try Toukiden, might be more to your liking.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Then it’s too bad this isn’t a Monster Hunter game.

      • DarthSithZero

        Why is not a monster hunter ?

        • Dylan Anantha

          It is, but it’s a terrible MH game. Even the Koreans think it’s too grindy, and that is an impressive thing to do.

  • Lemski07

    about time!, “extend its support to vita” droooool…

  • Kornelious

    As long as I get my Fire Emblem costumes i’m fine with this :)

  • Pythia Brixham

    The problem is whether or not the game will be P2P. I doubt that a game that has been out this long will make people want to pay a monthly fee, especially considering that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is getting a western release.

    • J_Joestar

      yeah, maybe if they waited to release MHO instead it would look new enough for more people to give it a chance as a subscription model game.

  • ArmoredBoar

    “Going by that comment, since Ono mentions releasing Frontier G on consoles with the intent of releasing the game outside Japan, one can assume that he isn’t referring to Asian territories.”
    Why wouldn’t it?

    In terms of MHF, how does”outside Japan” not mean “westward” but rather “in SEA and Korea” when it always has ever since Frontier came out?

    Just so the usual deluded fantasy of having this overseas is toned down just a bit, consider the following: China has no more console ban. Ever since then, a ton of games are being localized for their upcoming distribution, with games in simplified Chinese no longer being limited to Asia releases.

    • kardonius

      Maybe it changed since you posted, but the implication of it going west is related to these:
      Ono: “There is little need to focus on game consoles in other Asian countries because they are only used by hardcore gamers…”

      combined with:

      Ono: “The reason why we have increased our support for so many hardware
      platforms is because we have our sights set on distributing services for
      this game in the future outside Japan….”

      Since hardware platforms here refers to game consoles, and he says there is little need to focus on game consoles in other Asian countries, then the reasonable areas to expand outside Asia is the western countries.

  • DarkLight

    Not a graphics whore or anything but these graphics look dated.Anyway,been reading the other comments saying its really grindy,is it that bad?Despite that,looking forward somewhat to the game.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      Its an old game from 2006, but the largest mh ever. The new one GG will have an updated graphics engine that looks a lot nicer for lighting, shadows and color.

      • DarkLight

        Oh,I see,that’s good.

  • d19xx

    “The letter ‘G’ in the title implies it’s compatible with a wide range of platforms”

    Gompatiple?

  • Draparde

    I look forward to at least trying it out if/when it comes to the west

  • 하세요

    Neat and all, but from what I’ve heard, the core series are significantly better as this isn’t developed by Capcom. I’ll pass, but cool for those who want it.

  • Areuto

    My reaction when I heard this…..”O_O Woah”…..Is it just me or does capcom sound like they got their shit together!?

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    Monster Hunter Frontier G, Monster Hunter Frontier Global
    Monster Hunter Frontier GG Monster Hunter Frontier Global Get together

  • Martian Wong

    So outside Japan is just referring to other part of Asia or US?

  • XypherCode

    I’m not too sure if this will be good for MH4U sales if ever this comes west. Maybe the best possible release for this is a year or more after MH4U is released. And outside of Japan can still mean anything.

    • 하세요

      I’d be more concerned about these sales than MH4U.

      • AokiShizuku

        I’d like to see how the excited people react when they first play.

  • Nameless App 1989

    Subscription? You mean you have to pay to keep playing the game?

    • J_Joestar

      yeah, but who knows what pricing model changes may happen in international versions. Tri on the Wii required a subscription of sorts to play online in Japan but it was removed in the western localizations.

  • Gessekai

    Can someone please explain to me why people don’t consider Monster Hunter Frontier G a “Good” monster hunter. And didn’t someone say Monster Hunter Frontier G was going to be free to play?

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