News: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed In Japan

Capcom forced to revise down revenue expectations.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 12/19/2012 16:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Everyone’s favourite beast-slaying series Monster Hunter is having its latest instalment set back a few months, Capcom have announced. It’s to be delayed until Summer 2013 in Japan, a move that’s likely to upset Japanese fans, particularly since Monster Hunter is a series which consistently sells into the hundreds of thousands. It’s bad news for Nintendo as well– the series is a major system seller and the loss of sales in Spring might produce a lull in Japanese sales for that quarter.

Monster Hunter 4 Screenshot

However, gamers shouldn’t fret too much, since the extra development time may simply be to ensure that every aspect of the game is ready for release. A Capcom source said that the delay was “based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the expectations and wishes of users.”

The lack of sales for Resident Evil 6 and the delay in Monster Hunter 4’s release has forced Capcom to lower their projected earnings for the fiscal year ending March 2013.

Source: Nintendo Life

2 Responses to “News: Monster Hunter 4 Delayed In Japan”

  • 261 points
    JasonMaivia says...

    What do they mean by “further quality enhancements”?
    Are they doing something with the game’s muddy visuals?
    Are they tweaking controls, weapons, and items?
    Are they adding/fixing a new feature or two for quality assurance.

    When they said “users” I assume it has nothing to do with the western audience. They tend to almost always cater to their Japanese fan base, and I don’t know what they want in Monster Hunter. Did anyone hear of any complaints about the Monster Hunter games from Japanese gamers?

  • 96 points
    morpha says...

    I just watched a 30 minute gameplay demo and It doesnt really add much to the game…

    Not that it matters since its not likely to get released in the west.

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