A couple weeks ago, Capcom announced Monster Hunter XX for Nintendo Switch in Japan, leaving many gamers in the US wondering if the game will make it stateside. Now, thanks to a new Capcom trademark for Monster Hunter World in the US, it looks like gamers’ desires may be coming true.
The trademark was noticed by Nintendo Insider and was filed on June 5th. Considering the timing, many gamers are expecting to see Monster Hunter World officially revealed during E3 next week.
The addition of Monster Hunter World should be giving the Nintendo Switch another strong title in its first year. Many gamers were worried about the lineup of games when the handheld-console hybrid launched in March, but thanks to the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it seems the Nintendo gaming device is off to a good start.
Thanks to the release of Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS in the West, the IP is growing a large fan base in the United States. With that in mind, it makes sense that Capcom would want to capitalize on that momentum with its latest addition to the series.
Monster Hunter World isn’t the only way Capcom is taking advantage of its newfound Monster Hunter fandom in the United States. During Nintendo Direct in April, the gaming company announced it is bringing Monster Hunter Stories out West this fall. The series is also getting the Hollywood treatment, with a full-fledged movie adaptation in the works.
It looks to be a busy time for the Monster Hunter franchise throughout the globe, with multiple titles in development or near release, and the movie underway. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see what Capcom reveals during E3, and if it provides any release date details for the list of upcoming Monster Hunter items in the United States.
Since Capcom doesn’t have its own press conference set for this year’s E3 event, gamers expect the developer to make an appearance with Monster Hunter World during the Nintendo event early next week.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (via Nintendo Insider)