Monster Hunter Explore Focuses On The Adventures Of A New Island

By Sato . July 31, 2014 . 5:31pm


Last year, Monster Hunter Smart, a mobile version of the hunting game series with a few RPG elements, was released on iOS devices in Japan. Capcom have revealed the “reborn” version of the game with Monster Hunter Explore, which will be for both iOS and Android platforms.



Monster Hunter Explore is a mix of hunting RPG action with exploration, and takes place on Markja Island that is filled with all kinds of ancient monster history and treasures. Hunters gathered on this island to find treasures hidden in the ruins of the island.



Like always, the Guild Sweetheart will be present to support Hunters on their exploration and hunts by providing quests. She might be a little careless at times, but she knows quite a lot about ruins and monsters. More than anything, she loves her job of helping hard-working Hunters.



The Senior Hunter is a passionate high-class Hunter. He’s known for his skills, but lately, he has begun to see a limit to how much he can accomplish on his own, and has been looking for a new partner.



Markja Island is home to various terrains that are waiting to be explored by the new Hunters. The further you go, the more undiscovered lands you’ll discover, which also features some monsters that even the locals have yet to see.


Here’s a look at a few familiar monsters on the island, that some of you veteran Hunters may be familiar with:


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While out exploring, Hunters can acquire mysterious lithography fragments.


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It is said that those who can find all the pieces, will be led to the legendary treasure, and there are new places to explore, only for those who manage to acquire the treasure.


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Similar to Monster Hunter Smart, Monster Hunter Explore is a free-to-play mobile game with micro-transactions, and will launch on Android and iOS sometime in 2015.

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  • Archeeer

    God dammit, Capcom. Is this what you are using the MH4 money for?

    • ronin4life

      That MH4 money will go a long way for Capcom. A mobile game will barely knick it.

      And if that mobile game could build up a base to one day mirror MH4 Without the Console dev costs? Well, there’s your answer.

      They don’t need MH4 levels of work to reap MH4 levels of success. Well, at least that is the end game here.

    • DanielGearSolid

      No Bro!

      They’re using it on Deep Down!

  • mike dickson

    capcom stop giving handjobs to the mobile society and make proper games for godsakes

    • Balalaika

      iOS games are cheaper to make and easy to profit on since there are hundred of millions of cell phone users and potential buyers and many of those unfortunately own a iPod (touch) or a iPhone.

      • Seems like no matter how many times you say it, it won’t stick.

      • sd28

        whilst this is true there is nothing stopping them from doing both

        • Balalaika

          Capcom a few months ago was in a bad financial situation so they rushed to finish up some projects and change their “strategy” so they would be making more money than they were spending. Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS really really helped them.

          • mike dickson

            If u put it in that way you have a point there were losing a bit of money from street fighter its a good way to compansate

    • Namuro

      They’re already working on MH4G, MH4U, MHF, and MHO (kinda) already, that’s 4 simultaneous projects there (though, it really counts as 3 games…). What’s with making a few games for the mobiles. Share some love for the mobile gamers, c’mon, dude.

      Also, even if you don’t like mobile games, you’ve got to admit that there’s a big opportunity to be found in that area, and if you can hit a jackpot like Puzzle & Dragons, then it’s worth trying out.

      • mike dickson

        Mobile gaming doesn’t bother me too much I play brave frontier XD but I see were your coming from some place u got to start from to get big like puzzle and dragons like mentioned but to be fair I’m only annoyed by how games there making on it that’s time they can use to either polish games there working on or making even more IPs

        • Namuro

          The harsh reality of having to make money and stay alive, doesn’t leave much time for risk-taking and creativity, unfortunately… (╥_╥)

          • mike dickson

            the sad truth but if capcom has the balls they could try at make an amazing ip * cough * mega man *cough* but they lost inafune so yeah we aren’t seeing him in a while

          • Namuro

            Well, we’re seeing him in Smash Bros.!

          • mike dickson

            hmm good point but he plays weirdly tho tried him at smash feast two months ago but i was using the wiiu pro controller never touching that thing again XD

          • Namuro

            Well, there’s the GC controller!

          • mike dickson

            i know thank god they decided to do that

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Love that the Senior Hunter is wearing Wroggi gear…but that’s a he? Not that I mind, but that’s a fairly effeminate face even by anime standards.

    • WyattEpp

      Also looks pretty… erm, busty for a guy….

    • Ony


    • Namuro

      Nah, “He” is just like Naoto. LOL

    • Exkaiser

      Nah, that’s the ladies’ Wroggi armor. Chalk this one up to the translator, I think.

  • triablos

    Collecting all the DQ7 tablet pieces leads to the One Piece!?

    • Jeremy Noble

      No, it leads to the Fabled MMO, Phantasy Star Online 2. In english no less.

  • Namuro

    Ooh, I’m quite interested in this.

    Talking about exploring, though. It would be pretty good to have a game that you can just “explore” the lands in details. Just to be able to walk through the vast and varied lands of Monster Hunter, observe the monsters in their natural habitats, enjoy the views, etc. Maybe do some photographing like in Pokemon Snap (wait, do they even have camera in Monster Hunter?).

    Just a relaxing game that lets the player discover more about the world of Monster Hunter. This way, they can make a really nice opened world, as they don’t have to worry about the combat.

    Yep, I’m just gonna keep dreaming.

  • Yue D Andre

    MH Explore vs FF Explorer, who’s coped who now @[email protected]

  • GameTaco

    I have to admit, the copy-paste of MH3-series concept art doesn’t get me too hyped, but I’m nonetheless interested to see where it goes (like, say, Western mobile devices~).

    I can always hold out hope for an unlikely surprise. Maybe Raviente is hanging out on three of those islands…

  • Wyverian

    Very INTERESTING. But argh…. I don’t have a phone for this.

  • Happy Gamer

    I was always talking about a concept like this! I hope they focus on the world’s lore more than anything really. The MH world has such rich potential story wise if they decided to do it.

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