Monster Hunter Frontier Online was originally released in 2007 for the PC, later coming to the Xbox 360. While it was never released beyond Japan, it was still reasonably popular -- as all Monster Hunters typically are in Japan. In April this year Monster Hunter Frontier G was released to the earlier mentioned platforms, but Capcom announced today it would come to the PlayStation 3 and Wii U later this year. Yet again exclusive to Japan.
Tatsumi Kimoto, Director on the project, made the following comments:
"The biggest asset of MHFG is how it provides a continually-evolving hunting experience for you to enjoy through its regularly large-scale updates. That's a unique attraction, the way the game changes with each update through its new monsters, weapons, and armor. With MHFG being online only, you can enjoy the game with hunters from all across the country, and we provide a wealth of content that lets you interact and work together with them. For someone just starting, it's packed with so much content that you'll never be able to digest it all."
Monster Hunter Frontier G will be available as a free download to players in Japan, though there's a monthly subscription required at that point. Then of course there's a variety of microtransactions to help player really get started from that point on. It's basically everything North American publishers love these days, how is this not released here?
The PlayStation 3 and Wii U releases will hit on November 20 and December 11 respectively. I'll warn you straight away, the announcement trail for Monster Hunter Frontier G is pretty exciting. It may make you frustrated and angry that Capcom hasn't managed to bring these titles westward.