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.