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Monster Hunter 3DS will not feature online co-op
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October 18, 2011, 18:36:40
News comes from ONM UK
Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 3DS won't feature an online co-op mode.

In Monster Hunter Tri for Wii, you could get stuck into online quests with up to four players but you won't be able to play online in the 3DS version which is due for release in Japan in December.

While you'll be able to connect to the internet and download quests, if you want to play these quests with friends, you'll only be able to do this locally.

According to Andriasang, this local co-op system is similar to the PSP Monster Hunter games.

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Posted: 10/18/11, 18:36:40  - Edited by 
 on: 10/18/11, 18:37:23    
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
Brutal. Now I can not play it, knowing either version I play is fatally gimped.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:33:50
What are you talking about?

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:35:06
@anon_mastermind No online for one, no 3D for the other (and less monsters).

edit: Yea, the wii version.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:37:52  - Edited by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:41:37
You're talking about the Wii version of Tri, right? Not some hypothetical Vita version that doesn't exist?

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:40:35
I think Capcom is like half geniuses and half morons in a constant power struggle, but both sides agree that taking the easy way out is usually the right thing to do.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 01:10:05  - Edited by 
 on: 10/19/11, 01:10:39
anon_mastermind said:
Well I'm talking about "new" franchises. Those ones were established over a decade ago.

These days, even Nintendo has trouble making new franchises reach god-tier status in the West (bar the Wii ___ line).

Hm, you may have a point. I wonder why that is. I can think of several Japanese-developed games that are worthy of making a big splash (and some of them did, like Dead Rising) but for some reason they never caught on. Are Westerners really content just playing Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto?

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 02:23:52
Critical Hit

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 03:14:13
No online = not worth buying.

This game is NOT meant to be played offline or thru local wifi.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 04:06:39
Wait... this isn't MH4 though, right?

I don't really care all that much then. I'm getting MH4, not whatever this (apparently gimped) thing is.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 04:20:54
GameDadGrant said:
Are Westerners really content just playing Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto?
Yes. And Western RPGs, which have just exploded this gen.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 18:13:13  - Edited by 
 on: 10/19/11, 18:13:53
Maaaaaaan... I was hoping this would come here and be online. I'll still buy it, but the lack of online for it sucks.

That's if it even comes over here.

Here's hoping MH4 makes it and has the online setup this series needs to be successful. I actually still play Tri fairly religiously on Tuesday evenings...

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 20:28:34

It would seem that Western audiences have been drawn to realism in gaming over the past couple generations. You've got your requisite whipping-boy franchises like CoD, GTA, & Madden, but it goes beyond even that. Fantasy and Sci/Fi are as popular as ever but even those are dark fantasy & sci/fi. Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Mass Effect, The Witcher and more feature characters and locations are are realistic.

Then you've got your requisite genres that try to imitate real life...sports and racers. Those are popular with Westerners these days too.

Don't forget the 3rd-person Action genre either. Assassin's Creed, Batman, Gears, Dead Space...all realistic, all wildly popular.

It seems that unless you're talking Nintendo cornerstone franchises, most Westerners today just aren't that interested in traditional Japanese stylings of the Anime nature (I know that covers a lot of stylistic sub-genres). Sales figures over that last 10 years or so mostly reflect this.

The indie scene on Steam/XBLA/PSN/iOS is pretty strong for cartoonish presentations though.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 22:00:34  - Edited by 
 on: 10/19/11, 22:01:49
This isn't really a big deal at the moment. This game has only been announced for Japan and in Japan it isn't hard to find people to play with on the train or other ideal places, where people will be playing, just like where you would be playing. They will get the same enjoyment out of the game as we do with online. They just don't need it. The good thing about this knowledge is that you can play the entire game offline. For a good six months of owning the game I didn't have wireless internet and was angry because I was missing over half of what I was paying for with Tri. This game does have over twice the content as the Wii version though.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 22:10:15
@New Forms
Yeah it seems the more advanced technology gets, the more "real" games feel and they're being gobbled up by the Western audience.

Another question is: can Japanese devs get in on this action? A lot of the franchises you mentioned are new IPs that did well. But none of them are coming from Japan.

On topic, Monster Hunter has a touch of realism to it. I mean, if Dead Space is "realistic" then so is Monster Hunter. The problem is the game being too complex for a mainstream audience.

See, this man knows what he's talking about. A western release could very well have online.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 22:29:14
Little Big Planet managed to sell over 3 million. Ratchet and Clank sold okay. Fable II sold well. Borderlands. World of Warcraft of course.

I'm sure there are more stylized Western games that have sold well this gen, I just can't easily find them with a google search. Certainly more multiplat games than Borderlands would show up.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 22:53:09

Most definately. I'm talking more about general trends rather than absolutes.

The West can produce a fanciful hit like Plants vs Zombies just like The East can bring us realism defined in Gran Turismo.

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 23:36:04

And you let the thread die! How could you?! We could've had Monster Hunter Tue!

Posted by 
 on: 10/19/11, 23:58:56
He never played with us, only his real friends.

Posted by 
 on: 10/20/11, 00:08:47

Yeah, whats that about?

Semi-related: Mikester, when are you starting a new account? We gotta play with Gui and Casper soon(ish)!

Posted by 
 on: 10/20/11, 01:16:20
This is so dumb.

Posted by 
 on: 10/20/11, 03:43:58
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