Monster Hunter World is shaping up to be pretty special indeed, but for Nintendo fans missing out on this blockbuster title it's something of a sore point - especially when you consider how the 3DS iterations of the series did so much to expand its core audience.
Well all know that the game isn't coming to Switch - Nintendo fans have been graced with Monster Hunter XX instead - but at least Capcom has an excuse. A while back, co-director Kaname Fujioka stated that his team's aim was to make the best Monster Hunter for PS4 and Xbox One, and now Fujioka - alongside fellow director Yuya Tokuda - has offered another (similar) reason:
We don’t have any plans for the Switch at the moment. Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost 4 years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So [the decision was made] before the Switch was even announced or on sale.
It’s also because for every title we decide what the best fit for hardware is for the concept. We don’t just look at everything. It’s more like ‘if we want to achieve this kind of game concept, where’s the best place to achieve that?’ and for this title the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were the best fit for us.
That's a fair comment - if a game enters development for a target platform many years before another (technically weaker) system is announced and revealed, it's hardly fair to expect it to be ported over right away - especially when you consider that Monster Hunter world is an ambitious outing which pushes Sony and Microsoft's consoles to their respective limits.
However, when you see the way other companies have scaled their software for Switch - such as Rocket League and DOOM - one does wonder if Capcom's decision to bypass what could potentially be the biggest platform for Monster Hunter World is a wise one.
We assume that Capcom will eventually give Switch owners a "proper" Monster Hunter game in the fullness of time, but will it be World or an entirely fresh outing? Let us know your thoughts with a comment.