Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released soon in Japan, and we’ve already seen plenty of new features, like the additional features for certain weapons. Series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujioka recently discussed more of what’s new in the upcoming game.
The video above is the first in an ongoing series that will talk about all the new things that we’ll see in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. In this first video, the two developers start out by explaining that those with save data from Monster Hunter 4 will be able to carry over most of their stuff to Ultimate.
Moving along, the two note that the high-difficulty “G-Rank” is being added to the multiplayer guild quests in 4 Ultimate, as the original Monster Hunter 4 only went up to High Rank.
Monster Hunter 4’s single-player Village Quests only went up to 6-star Low Rank quests, which featured the flagship monster, Gore Magala, at the center of the story. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate adds High-Rank to the Village Quests, and the Gore Magala saga will be done with.
This time around, its story will revolve around the “Lead Hunters”—a group of Hunters who take on special requests that aren’t given to your average hunter. These elite Hunters consist of members with specialized knowledge and excel at specific techniques. They even travel around the world to take on all kinds of different requests. You can read more about their members in our earlier report.
The new story will take place in Dondruma Town, the place that was originally featured as the online gathering area for players back in Monster Hunter 2 for PlayStation 2.
While Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate introduces new sub-species, the main focus has been on the new flagship monster, Serlegios. According to Fujioka, Serlegios has quite the sturdy legs, and will use them in ways we’ve yet to see from other monsters.
Finally, at 4:49, Fujioka and Tsujimoto show off some of the new Felyne actions, such as the trick where your little buddy can launch you up on top of monsters. Fujioka also mentions another one where the Felyne can take stamina from monsters to give it to the player.
Tsujimoto says there are still plenty more they’ve yet to reveal, and while they might not be able to cover all of it before the game’s release, we’ll learn more about the new fields and other features in the next video.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is slated for release in Japan on October 11, 2014, and in the West in early 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.