Monster Hunter 4 is set to be released in the Summer of this year for the Nintendo 3DS. There have been has been rumour of this game being made for the vita also. This is due to an article in a local games magazine that’s published in Japan writing: ”Whilst originally it was said that the delay of MH4 was due to wanting to make a better quality game and graphics, the real reason appears to be that it may be released on the PS Vita to increase sales.” This was incredibly exciting for many Monster Hunter fans, and of course this information spread incredibly quickly which is unsurprising due to how large a fan base this franchise has.
This could quite possibly have been the push needed to help bump up the sales on the Vita. The Monster Hunter franchise was one of the main reasons that the PSP was so popular in Japan. Since it’s launch of the franchise it has sold around 21 million units as of May last year. Which is unsurprising due to how amazing the series is (if you’ve yet to experience Monster Hunter in any of it’s incarnations then you really should do so and if you already have? Well, you will most likely agree that the series are incredible).
However, recently Capcom’s Corporate Officer/Senior Vice-President Christian Svenson responded the rumour with a rather simple, and shattering statement: “I would not believe everything you read on the internet. It will set you up for disappointment or misdirected frustration.” (Source)
Sadly, like most of these rumours they end up being false. Although there is still some possibility that this rumour is true; it’s highly unlikely. It’s understandable as to why Capcom wouldn’t wish to release this game on the Vita due to how bad the sales currently are, but I can’t help but wish for this to be released.