Rumour: Monster Hunter 4 Delay Is Due To PS Vita Port
Posted by Damien McFerran
We hope this isn't true
If we could give the "Rumour" prefix on this news story additional emphasis, then we would - because this one needs to be taken with a sizable pinch of salt.
Japanese magazine GameLab is reporting that the delay of Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS isn't due to quality improvements - as stated by Capcom - but because the game is being developed simultaneously for the PS Vita, and both versions will launch at the same time.
Monster Hunter is a series that is very close to the hearts of Sony fans - it's the reason the PlayStation Portable was able to claw itself back from the dead in its struggle with the Nintendo DS a few years back. Ironically, Nintendo and Sony find themselves in a similar position today - the 3DS is dominating while the PS Vita's sales are - to put it bluntly - in the toilet.
However, history doesn't always repeat itself and we'd be shocked if Nintendo allowed Capcom to pull the rug from underneath it in such a fashion. Monster Hunter 4 may well end up on the PS Vita in one form or another in the future, but the idea of its suddenly becoming a simultaneous release on both 3DS and Vita is unthinkable - especially as Capcom and Nintendo seem to be enjoying a pretty positive relationship of late. Plus, the 3DS offers a much larger market for Capcom right now - it's just sold 10 million units in Japan alone.
What are your thoughts on this rumour? Do you think there's any truth in it, or is it a load of old cobblers? Drop a comment below to let us know.