It seems like just yesterday that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and its limited-edition 3DS model both came out, yet here we are not even two months later and hearing about another one. Of course, Japan has had the previous game longer than we have.
Monster Hunter Stories, however, looks somewhat different. Gone are the realistically rendered worlds and painterly-styled beasties; in their place is a new, cartoonish style reminiscent of some badly translated kiddie anime you’d see on Fox Box ten years ago.
I’m being unnecessarily harsh. The new style is different but it’s actually pretty in its own, offbeat way. It’s too early to judge this game anyway, since the trailer does not contain a single second of actual gameplay footage — though it does hint you’ll be able to ride the monsters this time.
The game’s producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, says he’s actually been working on this new direction for quite some time. “After having passed the 10th anniversary last year, this is a new challenge for the Monster Hunter series, that we’ve began designing since about five years ago… While staying true to the world of Monster Hunter, and a story that can only be told through an RPG, we’d like to pack it with fun and enjoyment that we can’t even begin to describe with words.”
The new Digimon-ified Monster Hunter will be released in Japan in 2016. No word on an American release, but Capcom has been diligent at bringing the series overseas lately, so it’s perfectly possible.