Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Released For iOS In Japan

By Ishaan . May 7, 2014 . 8:20pm

 

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G—known as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in the West—is available on iOS devices in Japan. The game costs 1,600 yen.

 

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for iOS features high-resolution graphics and Wi-Fi multiplayer. (Multiplayer via mobile data is not supported) In addition, the game’s UI has been adjusted for the iPhone and iPad.

 

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for iOS also features support for the MFi game controller. The game also features a variant of the “Target Camera” feature introduced in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate—only this time, you can choose to permanently lock on to the monster as well, if you like.

 

PSP:

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Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G was originally released in 2008 for the PSP in Japan. You can view a comparison between the two versions above.

 

Meanwhile, next new Monster Hunter title being released in Japan and the West is Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS. Japan will get that game this Fall, while North America and Europe will get it in early 2015.


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  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Quick note: Please don’t start port-begging in this comments thread. I know it’s tempting, but don’t. Why this is being released for iOS is beyond obvious.

  • 하세요

    Er, yay, I suppose. Guess the cute mini MH games just wasn’t enough for the mobile scene.

  • Go2hell66

    Thats pretty cool. One of the few mobile games id actually like to give a go

  • Roberto

    capcom…

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Frontier would’ve been a better fit for the platform. While it’s almost as ancient as 2nd G, it’s continually updated and unlike one of the platforms Frontier is coming to, phones are almost always connected to the net. It also has microtransactions, which I hear are loved by phone gamers … of course Vita might just be the in-between to making that port happen. But a proper Monster Hunter would probably take a good chunk of Frontier’s appeal away.

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

      That’s an interesting thought, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily true. While it is true that games with micro-transactions are very common on iOS and Android, Frontier is a full-fledged subscription-based game.

      The phone demographic is known for being cheap when it comes to paying for games/apps, and even when micro-transactions are implemented, they’re done in a way that people spend little bits of money at a time, and a large number of people doing that at once is what adds up to form a profitable title.

      I can’t imagine anyone that games on phones being willing to pay a monthly subscription fee for an older Monster Hunter title, especially when there are so many alternatives on consoles that would be significantly cheaper, and—in the case of 3U, 4 and 4U—more polished and balanced.

      Now, they could feasibly port MH3U to iOS and I’m sure they will at some point. They’re probably just holding off until that game stops selling. Despite the fact that MH4 is available in Japan, some people are still buying 3U even now.

      • JonathanisPrimus

        The microtransactions comment was a joke, but Frontier probably should transition to a F2P model. The expansions are pushing horribly low numbers at retail so I can’t imagine there’s a tonne of people playing. Yes that would step on Monster Hunter Online’s toes, but as far as we know that game isn’t leaving China.

        The low player base is why I can’t comprehend the decision to make that the MH for Vita. MMOs are basically the antithesis of handheld gaming and while PSO2 has been successful on the platform, it’s F2P.

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

          Mmm. Reworking Frontier as an F2P title would require significant effort, though. They already have a bunch of F2P Monster Hunter spin-offs for mobile.

          To be honest, I think Frontier on Vita is more a side-effect of Frontier coming to PS3. We know Sony have provided tools to help port PS3 games to Vita wherever possible, so they probably figured it wouldn’t hurt.

          • JonathanisPrimus

            Frontier already supports micro-transactions and the game is in constant development.

            I’d be very disappointed if Sony pushed for Frontier to be released on Vita.

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

            Sure, but let’s say they released a F2P version of Frontier on mobiles… where does that leave the console versions, where people actually pay the monthly subscription and provide Capcom with a constant stream of revenue? The last thing they want is to risk lose their paying subscribers.

          • JonathanisPrimus

            I meant a switch to F2P across the board.

  • konsama

    I think no one was expecting this lol.

  • planetofthemage

    Cross platform multiplayer?

  • bananaking123

    MH on iOs isn’t going to be optimal, considering on the PSP it made fingers cramp up, and on the 3DS it requires constant tapping of the shoulder button. The touch gameplay looks okay at first, but swiping to see if there’s a gigantic monster charging up behind me? God the horror.

    • yomachaser

      Did you read the posting at all? It has a new full lock option for the camera to no more tapping the camera if you don’t want to.

      It also takes a physical controller so controls aren’t going to be an issue.

      • bananaking123

        If it were any good, they would have implemented the system into console version by now. Then again, it might be new tech. Time will show

    • Multiboy2k

      …..Im playing it now as posted with a BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER.

      And, yes it’s better than all of the versions that were on the PSP.

      Their is a future with MH on ios. The big clear retina screen does wonders for the game. Best looking version so far. Period.

      • bananaking123

        Interesting. How does the game feel? Have you played the game without using the Bluetooth controller? Would it feel natural to use their on screen touch controls or is a controller really necessary?

  • tubers

    LOCK ON LOL!

    Wonder if I’ll find this easier to play than the PSP.

    Items below would’ve been great if one didn’t have to pan through items.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/BaoZakeruga BaoZakeruga

    Monster hunter with purely touch screen controls? I’ll save myself the rise in blood pressure and skip it lol.

    • FallenAfh

      Good thing that it supports controllers then. Love your kneejerk reaction though.

      Also inb4 changing goalposts “wah no one will buy a controller”

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/BaoZakeruga BaoZakeruga

        someone took my comment waaaaay too seriously.

        • FallenAfh

          Someone took my reply wayyyyy too seriously

  • chaos_envoys

    so any news on western release???? WANT THIS NAO!!!

  • nonscpo

    This port looks beutifull, I cant say if im happy or sad that we are not getting this.

  • safeto20scroll

    Oh wow, I am very surprised Capcom managed to pull off a full MH game out on ios. There seems to be a lot of negative views on touch only controls but upon looking at what Capcom set out, personally I think its very intuitive. Every action is made possible with the use of two thumbs, they even included a full lock-on (something that was begged since first gen). Honestly I can see this working smoothly on a tablet, not as much on the iPhone though.

    Also this being a 7 year+ PSP game, they did a good job cleaning up the models, I am really impressed.

  • Pandakids09 .

    Makes me wonder if there going to do this for portable 3rd too?

  • Syn

    well, considering how crazy the fights get in Freedom Unite(Dual Rajang/ and ofcourse the Plesioth eish) I cant even begin to imagine the hell players will have with this on touch devices…unless its been made easier which am pretty sure it has….I mean G-rank missions anyone…

  • shuyai

    Good luck on Monster hunter on ipad/iphone, it will takes skill and patient of a god to play it

  • Spider-Man

    This feels like NTR for some reason.

  • Skeledon

    Good thing everyone else got transparent hands just like in the video so they wouldn’t get in the way of the screen, am I right??

    • yomachaser

      So you’ve never played one of these games ever huh? You very much mentally accommodate for your hands.

  • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

    Why port Unite to iOS and not Portable 3? Isn’t Portable 3 better with its weapon upgrades, colorful graphics and new weapons?

    • yomachaser

      That will come next for sure,but Capcom will use this one as a testbed to tweak the system.

  • Flandre Scarlet

    God I wouldn’t go near touchscreen MH with a 10 foot pole and can’t imagine why anyone else would either.

    • yomachaser

      You have a poor imagination then.

  • isotrex

    They should sell an MH controller. It’ll be like selling a pancake. :D

  • Multiboy2k

    I have it and am playing it right now.
    It completely beats the PSP version in every single way.
    They didnt just update the graphics and fine tune the controls, but they also corrected the hitbox collision detection issue that was present in the old game. And, believe it or not the swiping for the camera is LOADS more intuitive than the ‘Claw’. I have logged more than 2600+ hours into monster hunter since it’s inception. And, what they did on the ios is nothing short of a miracle. I look forward to newer versions.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    You know exactly why. Because all it takes is one comment to get the entire train rolling. Now, let it go. I’m deleting this comment and any replies to it. This post is not the place for your platform complaints.

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