Monster Hunter: Capcom “trying to make it work” in the west

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Monster Hunter is phenomenally popular in Japan but despite its rock-solid hardcore action and multiplayer push it’s never done quite as well overseas. Capcom is hoping to change that.

“Capcom is very dedicated to the brand, obviously in Japan being as huge as it is. But, the team is also dedicated to trying to make it work here in the US,” product manager Laili Bosma told Joystiq.

“It’s not magical, it’s not going to happen overnight. My goal here is to try to get as many people to experience it first-hand, and for us to answer those questions.”

Capcom took Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to SXSW and is hosting as many hands-on events as it can over the next few months.

“We have a full on booth – a Monster Hunter dedicated booth – at PAX, we have a Monster Hunter dedicated booth at Wondercon, we’re also going to be attending C2E2 in Chicago, we have events that we’re planning on doing at Capcom’s offices in the near future,” Bosma said.

“We’re also looking to hopefully do a summer tour with Monster Hunter across the country.”

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the last release of the ridiculously popular third entry in the series, which began on the Wii but has visited many other platforms on it re-release journey. It hits Wii U and 3DS in North America on March 19 and Europe on March 22, with cross-save.