So, MH4U is coming. Only for 3DS and probably it'll never be on Wii U.
MH4U will have online gameplay, it's the first time on 3DS
Who's excited about it?
Here's a interview with Capcom about MH4U on Nintendo World, the Nintendo Brazilian official magazine. In this magazine's article (not in this interview that is part of the full article) they affirmed that Capcom now believes MH is better suited for hand-held experience what makes us think that we'll never see MH again on the big screen. Do you believe so? Or do you think that the actual reason is that Wii U is not selling enough for them?
I'm not really into MH on Wii U, but I've played some hours on Wii and what I saw is that MH is quite time consuming. Many monsters require 30-40 minutes to beat. So do you think it's better suited on hand-held?
Interview with my highlights. My comments in brackets.
Monster Hunter is nowadays one of the most popular franchises of Japan. Don't you think it's complicated to add new elements to its formula?
Yes, ... but, we've got to keep thinking about new features that keep MH ahead. However, if one comes out with an interesting idea that makes the multiplayer experience elements worse, we don't follow it.
How did Japanese fans react to the new jump mechanic?
Firstly there was some resistance. Players thought that jumps would change what they knew as Monster Hunter and that it would be hard to execute during huntings. The good thing is that once MH4U was released everyone could try them out and they understood that it was a necessary upgrade.
MH4U doesn't have subaquatic combats. Why?
We totally focused on better gameplay elements. Which are ground action and the new ways of interaction with that universe. Submarine combat was interesting in MHT, but it'd compete with new features.
As submarine huntings, do you intend to make jumping only for MH4U or you're going to keep it on next instalments?
We don't know. We don't have nothing planned. The truth is we're always hearing players' opinions. We model MH experience based on that.
MH is one of the greatest phenomenons of the last decade in Japan. However, this series haven't caught on in the West? Why haven't so?
There'll always be differences among players' taste. A lot of things Westerners ask we can't execute perfectly for now [Like what?]. We believe that Multiplayer online on 3DS and the target system will make all the difference. Before that we had in mind something that works only in our country where everything is small, people stay on public transport for hours and hang out in common areas. [It's the usual Nintendo/Japanese way of thinking] In the West, it's more reasonable people playing online, that's why we did big changes in this feature [They talk like MH for Wii U doesn't exist].
What also changed a lot was the narrative. The new game has much more story than predecessors.
Until then, when you defeated a monster a short cut-scene came up and we got back to action. What we did now was something more subtle. Everything happens in real time, including the character that shows on subsequent scenes of a combat.
What else might cause more impact among Brazilian fans?
The verticality. Instead of only worrying about what is before you, all the scenery will be a big challenge. Monsters will come up from a mountain or under the player, making him search new ways of positioning. Due to that, we assured that moving through scenery is simpler as ever. Instead of press a button to climb a mountain, you just need to head to it running.
People say MH is one of the most hard franchises for beginners. Is there any plan to make it more friendly?
Yes, this game has a lot of things that makes it easy for beginners understand MH. The online mode is going to have a important role, because you can have someone that knows how to do the things on your side helping you. It provides a better experience and it's good for both parties, because it's easier to face danger with more people and it increases the rewards you get. I believe MH community will go up a lot with that and this exchange of knowledge is going to help whoever gets lost on their first huntings. [Again it seems like they here ignore MH for Wii U]
Finishing, what do you like most in MH?
A combat, character, well... Kirin is my most favorite creature in MH4, but the Poogies [laughs]... I appreciate how the little pigs are present in all the games. They're funny, they help me relaxing... It's silly, but I really like it.