PlayStation Vita 'Monster Hunter' Game Expected this Year

Monster Hunter Coming to PS Vita in 2012

There are definitely some concerns over the PS Vita's initial performance in Japan, but that hasn't squashed anticipation for the portable in North America. Still, Sony can't help but be disappointed with the poor sales numbers for its new handheld, so apparently the company will be resorting to a surefire tactic that will definitely move some units. I'm referring, of course, to a new Monster Hunter game.

Monster Hunter is a series that sells like hotcakes in Japan, and its immense popularity is rivalled by very few games. That's why it should come as no surprise to learn that PlayStation France CEO Philippe Cardon confirmed that a new Monster Hunter title should be hitting the PS Vita within "the coming months."

This info surfaced over on the French gaming site Le Point, where Cardon stressed how the PS Vita's Japan-based woes could have been completely avoided if Capcom had simply released Monster Hunter alongside Sony's latest portable.

“The games available at launch in Japan do not correspond to the typology of the Japanese public. It lacks a particular game, Monster Hunter, scheduled for the coming months. Had it been there from the start in Japan, the story would have been different.”

Neither Capcom nor Sony have offered any kind of official confirmation that the game will be coming to Vita, but it's safe to say that this is a move that many saw coming. Monster Hunter dominated the charts with every one of its versions on the PSP, so it'll likely do the same on any portable it launches on. The only downside to this for Sony is that their rival, Nintendo, already has Monster Hunter 3G available for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, and also plans on launching Monster Hunter 4 later this year.

Currently there's no word on any version of Monster Hunter coming to territories outside of Japan, but that may change soon. In the meantime, stay tuned to Game Rant for more information on the monster hunting franchise.


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Source: Le Point [via VG247]

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