Capcom Japan has revealed that a new Monster Hunter game is releasing on mobile devices, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G. The game previously released on the PlayStation Portable in 2008 in Japan, and in 2009 in the West as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The Japanese version of the game recently launched on Apple’s IOS store for ¥1,600 (~$16 USD).
On IOS devices the game will feature higher fidelity graphics with a 2048×1536 resolution on the IPad. The game will have full touch screen support, Wi-Fi multiplayer. The game also features a new HUD to accommodate the new device and will also feature the target lock on from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The lock-on, which was temporary, can be toggled on to target the monsters permanently or utilised in the same way as the previous title. The option to not use the targeting system is also present.
Here is a comparison between the PSP version of the game and the IPad version.
The IOS version has faster load times when entering another area of the map, as well as faster saving. The game only supports Wi-Fi multiplayer, with either automatic matchmaking or playing with specific hunters. It will use Game Center for multiplayer.
Here are a lot of screenshots of the game on IPad:
The game will also support the MFi game controllers.
Additionally, Capcom has also released a new trailer for the game.
Monster Hunter is one of Japan’s most popular franchises. The series started in 2004 on the PlayStation 2, and has since been on the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U and the PC. To date, the entire franchise has sold over 28 million copies, with the latest main instalment being Monster Hunter 4 for the Nintendo 3DS selling over 4.1 Million copies in Japan. Capcom has recently announced that the game will be releasing outside of Japan as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in 2015, which will include additional content. A MMO, titled Monster Hunter Online was announced last year for China only. The beta opened in July last year and little information was released since.
The game is currently available on the Japanese Itunes App Store ¥1,600 (~$16 USD). There has been no announcements for an international release. You can also check out the game’s official website for more information: http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/P2ndGi/
Source Article – Gematsu
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