Fans of the Monster Hunter series may be left with more disappointment if a recent interview* ,conducted by Japanese news outlet Toyo Keizai, with Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto is to be taken seriously. Essentially, Mr. Tsujimoto said that Monster Hunter World probably won’t be coming to Switch due to the technical nature of the device (read, power), and its specific user base. However, different versions of the series on Switch, such as Monster Hunter XX, will still be explored.
Specifically, the Capcom president said that, “It is difficult to put out ‘Monster Hunter World’ for the Switch.” He went on to say that Monster Hunter World was developed with Xbox One, PS4, and PC in mind due to, “….a desire to reshape the game [using] state-of-the-art technology and response to the voice of the user.” The Nintendo Switch isn’t as powerful as those devices, which we all know, so it would make sense that the game wouldn’t find its way to the portable console if using more powerful tech was always a goal. Many past fans have been clamoring for a graphical overhaul of the Monster Hunter series, and it seems World was Capcom’s answer.
Moreover, Mr. Tsujimoto relayed that, “The Switch is different from other stationary machines both in functions and users,” meaning Monster Hunter World was created for a different audience than its traditional 3DS series has been in years past. “Each game console has its own characteristics, and our software designers need to make software adapted to them,” he said.
Of course, the last bit of his statement’s were postivie, commenting that Capcom is working on how to adapt titles for Switch “in the future.” This means we should still be able to have a Monster Hunter game released on Switch to look forward to, especially worldwide.
Monster Hunter World is currently the best-selling Monster Hunter game to date, passing 6 million units last week. Let’s hope something similar is in-the-works for Switch.
*Original article is in Japanese, and has been translated using Google Translate.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
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