Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 will miss its March 2013 release date in Japan.

The company has revealed that the eagerly-awaited game will be pushed to a vague summer launch, and added that the delay was "based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the expectations and wishes of users. Capcom apologises to all stakeholders and Monster Hunter fans who are anxiously awaiting this new game for this delay and asks for their understanding as development on this exciting title continues."

They news - along with the revelation that Resident Evil 6 has failed to meet sales targets - has forced Capcom to revise down its projections for the financial year ending March 2013.