Capcom Want To Crack The West With Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
‘Crack the West’ as in ‘sell a tremendous amount of 3DS and Wii U videogames’, not ‘Crack the West’ as in ‘physically fracture entire continents’.
After a long wait for fans, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is soon to be released. Coming to both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS, the game can cross saved games over the two platforms and even has online play for Wii U and, more recently, a 3DS connected to a Wii U.
In Japan, the series is big business, but Capcom want to replicate this success on a more global level. It’s why they’re releasing hardware bundles and actively marketing the game far more aggressively this time around. Speaking to Eurogamer, Monster Hunter producer Ryozo Tsujimoto stated the developer’s intentional push to reach a ‘Western breakthrough’.
Whilst originally Capcom has always seemed coy in discussing the game’s global prospects, it appears that now they’re aggressively pushing to bring the franchise global success. Tsujimoto-san explained that by having a simultaneous release on two consoles, consumers are free to pick the version that most appeals to them.
Pleasingly, Tsujimoto-san also promised that he and his team are working hard to ensure global releases for Monster Hunter games don’t flag too far behind their Japanese counterparts.
“We’re well aware of the complaints from the fans about the time difference of releases. We have been trying our best to try to reduce it.”
Tsujimoto-san stated that Nintendo has been a ‘great help’ in getting the game localised, and hopes to ‘implement a more systematic way of doing this in the future’. Implying more games in the series are definitely going global!
Having said that, Tsujimoto-san wouldn’t take the bait in discussing any release dates for the upcoming 3DS-exclusive Monster Hunter 4. He cheekily reminded the world that strong sales of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate would only encourage the series as a whole.
“Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an amazing game. We’ve put so much effort into it. It’s my baby. So before you talk about my next baby, I’d like you to love my first baby.”
Aww shucks, Mr. Tsujimoto! That’s so cu–wait, are we going to have to change this ‘baby’ when it goes whoopsie and feed it and rock it to sleep now? We thought it was a videogame about hitting monsters with immense weaponry!