I still vividly remember seeing the T-Rex in Nintendo's E3 2017 Spotlight and thinking that it was CAPCOM's Monster Hunter: World, which they just debuted the night before during Sony's E3 2017 conference. And then Cappy appeared on top of it. At that point, it still could've been a cameo thing (which would be far from the first time that's happened) exclusive to what would be the Nintendo Switch version of Monster Hunter: World, but... it was full-blown Super Mario Odyssey and we all freaked out and subsequently forgot about Monster Hunter.
What became of Monster Hunter: World? Well, it was never announced for the Switch. After being a series that was happily carrying CAPCOM on the Nintendo 3DS and sometimes Wii U, Monster Hunter: World will be released only on the PlayStation 4, the PC, and the Xbox One, and if you're not a PC, it'll be released in January 2018. (PC version has an unknown release date.)
While we don't like “World” as a sub-title, it reflects the game's bigger worlds and worldwide release. CAPCOM wants THIS to be the Monster Hunter game that gets Westerners interested in it, though I feel like they've been saying that for the past several Monster Hunters. That's why it's not given a number at the end. I suppose, this time, for real, the team will be internally evaluated based on how well the game does in non-Japan markets. In other words, if, say, 50% of sales come from non-Japan, they'll get a bonus. ...Or they'll get their normal pay and they'll just be fired if they fail.
Perhaps that explains efforts like this:
The embed there skips ahead of most of their trailer, which shows at least a little of something resembling a story, which the mainline Monster Hunter games don't really have. That could also help attract a Western audience.
BUT, LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT THERE MEGA MAN.
We just celebrated at the start of December the awesome announcement that Mega Man 11 will exist and release in 2018, and it's sporting sleek, modern graphics. Right after that, CAPCOM releases that trailer featuring this Minecraftian Mega Man as a costume for your Palico companion.
|Blocky Mega Man struggling to eat a... sausage? I'd struggle with that, too, but I wouldn't simultaneously look hideous.|
That's the total opposite of sleek or modern. I cannot recall when Mega Man has ever looked like that. I mean, obviously it's a 3D representation of his 8-bit NES sprite, but I do not believe they have ever given him a 3D pixellated look like that.
Mega Man will be featured in FREE downloadable content, specifically called an “online event quest” with dates to be announced later. When you use one of his many weapons, the background music changes to one of the 8-bit background music classics from the NES Mega Man games. Obviously, these are spectacular songs, and after I wrote that sentence, I've been listening to the whole Mega Man 4 soundtrack. While Europeans won't care at all about Mega Man, Americans will!
I just hope this cameo's return to a long-gone era isn't a signal for what will happen to Mega Man 11, because much of our collective excitement for Mega Man 11 is predicated on Mega Man 11 being modern.
By the way, there will be a SECOND (the first was 10 days ago) weekend beta for Monster Hunter: World for PlayStation 4 players this December 22. If you can, try it and let me know if CAPCOM still has no idea how to get newcomers to appreciate the Monster Hunter series, because KoopaTV's staff is forever turned off by how horrible the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo is on the 3DS. It's not newcomer-friendly at all, and newcomers are who CAPCOM needs to please for Monster Hunter: World to succeed.
(Also, getting it on the Switch would help. Maybe have that Cappy cameo be a real thing if Mega Man gets to show up!)
Ludwig only wrote about this because he received a request asking for him to write anything about Monster Hunter: World. You, dear reader, are free to submit a request as well on the Requests page! Ludwig also suggests that you be on KoopaTV this December 22 instead of on a PlayStation 4, because something very exciting will be published on that day. STAY TUNED.