Less than a year after the Japan-exclusive release of Monster Hunter 4, Capcom has announced the next entry of the franchise to grace western shores. This title is none other than the expansion of MH4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
The announcement was made by none other than series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto via YouTube. In the video, Tsujimoto detailed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate would release in Japan sometime this year while western audiences would receive the game in early 2015.
For those unfamiliar with the term, the "Ultimate" or "G" editions of each Monster Hunter game work similarly to expansion packs. As well as including the original game, each Ultimate version includes brand new monsters, locals, weapons, armor, and G Rank quests, a true test of a hunter's skill.
The producer went on to say how MH4U would make better uses of vertical and lateral movement in the came. This refers to MH4's implementation of running and climbing in combat to expand a players range of attacks such as attacking in mid air or riding a monsters back.
Multiplayer was briefly touched on as well. Unlike the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, MH4U will support both online and local wireless hunts without the need of a Wii U.
As the video came to a close, Tsujimoto hinted that more announcements would come via Facebook and Capcom-Unity.