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Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter logo.png
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Developer(s)Capcom
Publisher(s)Capcom
Creator(s)Kaname Fujioka[1]
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS
First releaseMonster Hunter
March 11, 2004
Latest releaseMonster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
July 9, 2021

Monster Hunter (モンスターハンター, Monsutā Hantā) is a Japanese media franchise centered around a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2, released in 2004. Titles have been released across a variety of platforms, including personal computers, home consoles, portable consoles, and mobile devices. The series is developed and published by Capcom.

The games are primarily action role-playing games. The player takes the role of a Hunter, slaying or trapping large monsters across various landscapes as part of quests given to them by locals, with some quests involving the gathering of a certain item or items, which may put the Hunter at risk of facing various monsters. As part of its core gameplay loop, players use loot gained from slaying monsters, gathering resources, and quest rewards to craft improved weapons, armor, and other items that allow them to face more powerful monsters. All main series titles feature multiplayer (usually up to four players cooperatively), but can also be played single player.

As of June 30, 2021, the game series has sold 75 million units worldwide, and is Capcom's second best-selling series following Resident Evil. The early games in the series principally sold well in Japan and other Asian countries, popularized by the series' use of ad hoc multiplayer features on portable consoles. Monster Hunter has been critically well-received in Western markets, but had generally languished in sales, in part due to the game's steep learning curve. However, with Monster Hunter: World (2018), Capcom aimed to attract a global audience using the power of advanced home gaming consoles and computers and released the title simultaneously worldwide. World became the best-selling Monster Hunter game within three days of its release, and became Capcom's single best-selling video game of all time with 20 million sales as of October 2021, including more than 70% outside of Japan.

In addition to games, the franchise has an anime based on the spinoff game Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village, Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On based on the spinoff title Monster Hunter Stories, a manga Monster Hunter Orage, and a book Monster Hunter Episode.[2] A feature film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson was released on December 3, 2020.

An animated film, subtitled Legends of the Guild, was released on August 12, 2021 on Netflix.

Gameplay[edit]

Monster Hunter games are action role-playing games that takes place in a shared low fantasy setting, where the human-like species have a pre-industrial level of technology such as steam power, but continue to study the ruins of a long-past advanced civilization. In the setting's less populated regions, monsters roam the landscape and threaten small villages or research bases that have been established to study the ruins and these monsters. Players take the role of a Hunter that serves to help protect the villages and bases from these monsters, typically aiding in researching these. This is generally presented through a series of quests to slay or trap a monster but can include numerous optional challenges.

The core feature of Monster Hunter is its compulsion loop.[3] Unlike traditional computer role-playing games, a player's Hunter does not grow and has no intrinsic statistics or attributes whatsoever. Rather, the Hunter's abilities are instead defined by the specific weapons and armor selected. The player can equip weapons, armor, and items most beneficial towards completing a given mission, and if successful, the Hunter is awarded in both in-game money ("zenny") and loot representing parts from the monster. These parts, along with other resources collected while on missions or through mission rewards, can be used to forge or upgrade new weapons and armor which then can be used in against more powerful monsters and tackle more difficult missions, completing the compulsion loop. Harder missions are typically restricted by a hunter's rank, which cumulatively increases as the player completes specific missions designated by the quest giver. Mission rewards are often generated randomly, often requiring the player to grind the same monster repeatedly to get the right parts. Weapons and armor have intrinsic bonuses or penalties towards certain types of elemental or physical damages, and may provide special skills which can be fine-tuned through the mix-and-matching of equipment pieces.[4]

The games feature a variety of different weapon classes, ranging from swords, hammers, and bows, with the most recent titles (Generations, World, and Rise) having a total of fourteen classes.[3] Each weapon class has a unique set of combat maneuvers and reflect a number of different play styles based on speed of attack, damage strength, range and the application of buffs and debuffs to monsters and allies. Monster Hunter games use an "animation priority" combat, committing the player to a move until the animation is completed and leaving them potentially vulnerable to a monster's attack.[5] Further, players are encouraged to watch their Hunter's health and stamina. Losing all health will force a retreat to a base camp, and after three such retreats, the mission is deemed a failure. Performing most combat actions consumes stamina, which recovers in a short amount of time; once exhausted of stamina, the Hunter becomes vulnerable as they pause to catch their breath. Monsters and other environmental hazards can also inflict blights and other negative status effects that impair combat abilities. Combat is centered around watching for a monster's tells prior to an attack to be able to dodge it and/or make a counterattack, and looking for openings to unleash strings of attack combos, depending on the Hunter's current weapon.[6] Unlike most other action games, Monster Hunter fights have been compared to a series of boss fights.[3]

Nearly all Monster Hunter games have a single-player mode; in these, the Hunter is often accompanied by a Felyne or Palico, a sentient cat-like creature that provides support and limited offensive abilities in combat. Most Monster Hunter games released with support for four-player cooperative online modes, allowing the group to hunt down stronger versions of monsters, though this support has since been disabled in older games. The games typically have a main quest line, frequently called "Low Rank" or "Village Quests", which can take up to fifty hours to complete. Once completed, the game opens up with new "High Rank" or "Gathering Hall" quests, featuring stronger versions of monsters they have previously faced, as well as new monsters are yet seen and unique variants of these foes, all of which provide better components for more powerful weapons and armor sets, providing hundreds of hours of potential gameplay following the main quest.[7][3] Most, if not all titles have a third rank of difficulty ("G Rank" or "Master Rank"), released after the base game. These add more monsters, locations, weapons and armour sets to the game.[8][3]

History[edit]

Release timeline
2004Monster Hunter
2005
2006Monster Hunter 2
2007Monster Hunter Frontier Online / Monster Hunter Frontier Z
2008
2009Monster Hunter Tri
2010Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village
2011Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting
2012
2013Monster Hunter 4
Monster Hunter: Frontier G
2014
2015
2016Monster Hunter Generations
Monster Hunter Stories
2017
2018Monster Hunter: World
2019
2020
2021Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Ryozo Tsujimoto in 2016

The first Monster Hunter game was one of three titles Capcom had developed to take advantage of the processing power and online capabilities of the PlayStation 2, which according to Ryozo Tsujimoto, who has been the series' producer since Monster Hunter Freedom 2, had begun to match arcade games in capabilities; the other two such titles were Auto Modellista and Resident Evil Outbreak.[9] Tsujimoto considered Monster Hunter to be the culmination of the work of these other two titles once it was released.[9] He also felt that the game was intended for such cooperative play so that players of any skill level, working with others, could feel accomplished in taking down giant creatures.[10] Monster Hunter proved a success, selling over 1 million copies, principally in Japan.[10] Enhanced versions of the early games, adding more difficult monsters and end-game quests, were released with a "G" affixed to the end (such as Monster Hunter G for the first such game); for those titles that were released in Western regions, these were often, though not always, affixed with the Ultimate moniker. A second team worked to develop a series for the PlayStation Portable. These games often had a more lighthearted tone and expanded upon the palicoe system. In Japan, these games were released under the "Portable" title, while in the west they were released under the "Freedom" title. Even after these naming conventions were abandoned, this established the general tradition of one team releasing games for home consoles and a separate team releasing a portable game a few years later.[3]

The series took off explosively in Japan with Monster Hunter G and Monster Hunter Portable/Freedom on the PlayStation Portable and even more so once its sequels Monster Hunter Dos, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd/Freedom 2 and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G/Freedom Unite were released which supported up to four players.[11] Handheld systems are generally more popular in Japan and due to the country's high population density, it was easy to find players to hunt cooperatively with, making it a phenomenon there.[12] James Miekle, writing for PC Gamer, had worked for Q Entertainment and lived in Japan during the release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which was the best selling PlayStation Portable game of all time and described how even during work, impromptu Monster Hunter sessions would break out between employees and there was extensive marketing of Monster Hunter branded consumer goods.[11]

While Monster Hunter had been successful in Japan, its popularity in Western markets (primarily North America and Europe) languished. In contrast to the Japanese culture, Western markets favored home consoles and computers during the mid-2000s and because of a thinner population density, most players relied on Internet-based gaming rather than local ad hoc networking.[12][11] The series also struggled with a difficult learning curve that had made the games off-putting in Western markets.[13]

The series had little popularity in the West until the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Nintendo 3DS, a console that had gained a sizable foothold in Western markets. While Monster Hunter's popularity in the West was still to a niche group, Capcom saw the potential for more growth there and took steps to better localize the next few titles to make the series more attractive; Monster Hunter 4 was the first game in the series to break one million sales in Western markets.[12] Capcom recognized there was still room for further growth of the series there; in an October 2016 interview, Capcom chairman Kenzo Tsujimoto said they were looking towards increasing the popularity of the games in the Western markets, recognizing that gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have dominance in these regions over handhelds.[14] Monster Hunter: World, the series's first major entry targeting home consoles and computers, was developed to be more alluring for Western markets without trying to make the game simpler.[13] A number of changes in gameplay were made that took advantage of the consoles' new technology; notably, while the prior games had split each hunting area into different zones as necessitated by limits of the console hardware, World's used seamless zones and several changes to gameplay were made to account for this.[3] World became the series' best selling game, achieving more than 17 million units sold by 2021 and making the Monster Hunter series Capcom's best-selling series following Resident Evil.[15]

With the success of the changes to the formula defined by World, Capcom decided to continue this approach with the series' next major title, Monster Hunter Rise for the Nintendo Switch.[16]

Games[edit]

Below is a list of games in the Monster Hunter main series. Each generation has a number of entries that are derivative of the original release. While the first four main titles were numbered, the subsequent installments, starting with World, use a keyword instead of a number to reflect a central concept for that game.[17]

Main series[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Monster Hunter March 11, 2004 September 12, 2004 May 27, 2005
Notes:
Monster Hunter 2 February 16, 2006 August 28, 2007 (PlayStation Portable) September 7, 2007 (PlayStation Portable)
Notes:
Monster Hunter Tri August 1, 2009 April 20, 2010 April 23, 2010
Notes:
Monster Hunter 4 September 14, 2013 February 13, 2015 February 13, 2015
Notes:
  • Released on Nintendo 3DS.
  • An enhanced version was released for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe titled Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
Monster Hunter: World[18][19] January 26, 2018 January 26, 2018 January 26, 2018
Notes:
  • Released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and first in series to be released worldwide simultaneously. A Microsoft Windows version was released on August 9, 2018, and eventually through patches brought to parity with the console versions.
  • Brought multiple changes to standard gameplay, such as the elimination of loading screens between map zones, and a more approachable design for new players to the series.
  • Includes a major story-based expansion, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2019 and for Windows in January 2020. The expansion was also released as a standalone title.
Monster Hunter Rise March 26, 2021 March 26, 2021 March 26, 2021
Notes:
  • Released worldwide on the Nintendo Switch.
  • A Microsoft Windows version is planned in January 2022.[20]
  • Cross-compatibility features with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.
  • Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, a major expansion to the base game, is scheduled for release in mid-2022.[21]

Spinoffs, remasters, and expansions[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: June 21, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Microsoft Windows
2010 – Xbox 360
Notes:
  • The first full-fledged MMORPG spin-off.
  • Released only in Japan.
  • Shut down on December 18, 2019.[22]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 26, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – Released on PlayStation Portable

2011 – An expanded version called Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village G was released on PlayStation Portable
2015 – An enhanced port called Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX was released on Nintendo 3DS

Notes:
  • A game based on the series' catlike "Felyne" creatures, known as the Airou (アイルー, Airū) in the Japanese language games.
  • The subtitle of the game can be translated into English as "Warm Felyne Village".
  • The game has only been released in Japan.



Original release date(s):
  • WW: June 1, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – iOS
Notes:
  • First game in the series to be on the iOS system.
  • A fighting spin-off.



Original release date(s):
  • JP: April 17, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U
2014 – PlayStation Vita

2016 – An upgraded game called Monster Hunter Frontier Z was released on Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360[23]

Notes:
  • Another MMORPG spinoff.
  • Frontier G was not released outside of Japan.


Monster Hunter Online

Original release date(s):
  • CHN: August 18, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Third Monster Hunter MMORPG game as a collaboration between Tencent and Capcom.
  • Uses Crytek's CryEngine 3.
  • Free-to-play business model.
  • Beta in Cancini began on July 6, 2013.
  • Planned to be released only for Windows.
  • Shut down on December 31, 2019.
  • Though developed primarily for Chinese players, and solely uses the Chinese language, the game is not region locked, and only limited by the language limitations. Tencent has approved the distribution of an English-language patch created by a fan group in May 2016.[24]


Monster Hunter Spirits

Original release date(s):
  • JP: June 5, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – Arcade



Original release date(s):
  • JP: September 3, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – iOS
2015 – Android[25]
Notes:
  • Name was changed from Monster Hunter Smart.



Original release date(s):[a]
  • JP: November 28, 2015
  • NA: July 15, 2016
  • EU: July 15, 2016
Release years by system:
2015 – Nintendo 3DS
2017 – Nintendo Switch
Notes:
  • Plays with more emphasis on action and customization.
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter X (cross-).
  • Announced in a Nintendo Direct presentation on May 31, 2015.
  • Added new "Hunting Styles" and "Hunter Arts" abilities to make Generations the most customizable and personalized Monster Hunter yet.
  • An enhanced version was released for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch; this was titled as Monster Hunter XX in Japan and released August 2017, while the worldwide release is titled Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and was released for the Nintendo Switch only on August 28, 2018.[27]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: October 8, 2016
  • NA: September 8, 2017
  • EU: September 8, 2017
  • AU: September 9, 2017
Release years by system:
2016 – Nintendo 3DS[28]
Notes:
  • Plays more as a traditional role-playing game with less focus on action elements.
  • Has turn-based combat.
  • Much larger emphasis on story than mainline entries.
  • Has the player take control of various monsters from throughout the series and use them as pets/partners called Monsties.



Original release date(s):
  • WW: September 6, 2019
Release years by system:
2019 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2020 - Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Adds "Master" ranks to base game, functionality similar to G-Rank in previous games.
  • Adds new ice-covered biome and several returning and new monsters.
  • Additional quality-of-life improvements on the base World game, even for those that did not purchase Iceborne.
  • Certain gameplay features such as the clutch claw and new weapon moves are locked behind Iceborne expansion.


Monster Hunter Riders

Original release date(s):
  • JP: February 29, 2020
Release years by system:
2020 - iOS, Android[29]
Notes:
  • Plays more as a traditional role-playing game with less focus on action elements and turn-based combat.



Original release date(s):
  • WW: July 9, 2021
Release years by system:
2021 - Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Notes:
  • Expands upon the previous game with new mechanics for battle, and monster build types also a much larger roster of monsters; much like Monster Hunter Rise, many returning monsters are from Monster Hunter World.
  • The player character can now be customized via a character creator, instead of having a pre-made character like the first game.
  • Has co-op multiplayer.
  • Cross-compatibility features with Monster Hunter Rise.[30][31][32]


Reception[edit]

Since the series debuted, Monster Hunter has sold 78 million units across all titles by September 30, 2021; it is Capcom's second highest-selling series, following Resident Evil.[15]

Total worldwide sales for Monster Hunter games exceeding 1 million units, through September 30, 2021, are listed below:[33]

Title Sales (millions of units)
As of September 30, 2021
Monster Hunter World 17.5^
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 8.5
Monster Hunter Rise 7.5
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd/Freedom 3 4.9
Monster Hunter X/Generations 4.3
Monster Hunter XX/Generations Ultimate 4.3
Monster Hunter 4G/4 Ultimate 4.2
Monster Hunter 4 4.1
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G/Freedom Unite 3.8
Monster Hunter 3G/3 Ultimate 2.6
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd/Freedom 2 2.4
Monster Hunter 3/Tri 1.9
Monster Hunter Portable/Freedom 1.3
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin 1.3

^ Monster Hunter World, including shipments of the standalone Iceborne version, surpassed 20 million units by October 2021.[34]

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

A female Monster Hunter appeared as a playable character via downloadable content in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. The game also features a stage called "Valkanda", which combines Val Habar from the fourth installment with Wakanda from the Marvel universe. Rathalos and Tigrex, two of the series' flagship monsters, make a cameo appearance in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on hunting missions.[35] Rathalos appeared as a special event monster to fight in Final Fantasy XIV as part of a cross-promotional event with Monster Hunter: World, with the Behemoth appearing in World in return.[36] In 2018, Rathalos also appeared as a boss character and a summonable Assist Trophy in the crossover fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,[37] while several Mii Fighter costumes based on Monster Hunter were added post-launch in March 2021 a few weeks ahead of Rise's release.[38] In 2020, Rathalos made a limited appearance in Cygames' mobile title Dragalia Lost as part of an in-game event.[39]

The Monster Hunter games themselves have offered crossover events with other Capcom and third-party properties, allowing users during the event to earn armor and weapons inspired by the other property. For example, Monster Hunter World has had promotional events that include Resident Evil,[40] Mega Man,[41] Assassin's Creed,[42] and The Witcher series.[43]

Anime[edit]

A series of anime shorts titled MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airū-mura Airū Kiki Ippatsu (ja:モンハン日記 ぎりぎりアイルー村) was broadcast beginning August 10, 2010. A sequel, MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airū-mura G, was produced.[44] An anime series based on the franchise premiered on October 2, 2016.

Manga and comics[edit]

A manga titled Monster Hunter Orage was published jointly by Kodansha and Capcom in April 2008. The author of the manga is Hiro Mashima. There are four volumes total with the last volume published on May 4, 2009. An English release of Monster Hunter Orage first took place on June 28, 2011. Elements from Monster Hunter were later included in the Worlds Unite comic crossover from Archie Comics, which featured several other Capcom and Sega franchises making guest appearances in the previously running Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comic lines.[45]

Card game[edit]

A trading card game titled Monster Hunter Hunting Card was released in October 2008 with periodic updates planned.[46]

Film[edit]

A film based on the series has been in conception since 2012 by director Paul W. S. Anderson. The film was formally announced by Capcom in October 2018, with production starting that month with Impact Pictures and Constantin Film and was released in the United Kingdom and China on December 4, 2020. The film is based on a United Nations task force falling into an alternate dimension where Hunters fight off monsters and the force joins the Hunters to prevent monsters from returning through the portal to Earth. The film starred Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, T.I. Harris, Diego Boneta and Tony Jaa.[47][48][49][50][51]

Animated film[edit]

In 2018, Capcom and Pure Imagination Studios announced that they are working on a 3D animated film Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild. The special will be written by Joshua Fine, and feature a fledgling hunter taking down an Elder Dragon.[52] Originally slated for a 2019 release, the film is scheduled for an August 12, 2021 release on Netflix.[53]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Per the developer, World is the fifth installment in the main series. Generations is a spin-off.[26]

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