Sony’s Future with the Monster Hunter Franchise Uncertain

September 16, 2011Written by Alex Osborn

If you’ve been following the news that’s been flowing out from the Tokyo Game Show over the past few days, then you’re likely aware of the fact that the 3DS will be receiving two Monster Hunter titles from Capcom in the near future. In the past, the more recent¬†Monster Hunter games have been closely tied to the PlayStation Portable, serving as the main reason for the console’s popularity and success in Japan.

Snagging the franchise out from under the feet of Sony was a smart move on the part of Nintendo, and will undoubtedly improve the overall success of the 3DS, especially in Japan. During Nintendo’s pre-TGS press conference they announced that both Monster Hunter Tri G as well as Monster Hunter 4 would be coming to the 3DS, which has left PlayStation fans wondering whether or not this means the Vita will see Monster Hunter 4 as well.

Speaking to Reuters, Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan explained that the future between the Monster Hunter franchise is uncertain, while alluding to the fact that there is a good chance it will go multiplatform.

I don’t know. You will have to ask Capcom.

Most large game publishers operate on a multiplatform basis.

If Sony can’t manage to get Capcom to bring the series to the Vita, the 3DS is going to have one heck of a leg up on Sony’s handheld.