Monster Hunter 3 is already out in Japan on the 3DS, but when it makes its way to the Western world in March next year it will be released alongside the Wii U version, with both titles utilsing cross-platform gaming.
After Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was revealed at the TGS, Eurogamer caught up with Ryozo Tsujimoto where he explained how the two games would work together.
Tsujimoto explained that data can be saved across both versions of the game once a free app is installed, which allows data from the Wii U to transfer to the 3DS, and vice versa. This allows you to play the same campaign on both platforms.
Capcom has introduced a new feature which it hopes will initiate "Monster Hunter parties," where players can connect their Wii U to three other 3DS consoles, allowing four-player local co-op over Wi-Fi. Gamers will be able to take their saves with them to a friend's house, but will still be playing in the same game. Tsujimoto said he hopes this feature will make up for the lack of online play on the 3DS game.
Tsujimoto explains, "we wanted people to play together...We know there are some people who want to play online. Unfortunately with the 3DS version you can't do that. But we have made this feature so you can play together. You can have your friends bring their save data to your house and have a Monster Hunter party. One person will play on the big screen and three other people will play with their 3DS versions. People can continue their save data from what they had before and go back home and update their data on their Wii U."
The 3DS version doesn't have online play simply because "when we were developing the game we were looking into it but there were some places we were unsure about," Tsujimoto admitted, instead deciding not to "release something that didn't work well. We didn't want to lower the quality of the game."
Tsujimoto also detailed how the online component will work on the Wii U. "With internet play you can play with other hunters online...In terms of new features, we have text chat in the game. Right now we're looking into voice chat and seeing how we can get that to work, but it hasn't been 100 per cent confirmed."
Friend lists will be used in the game too, making it "easy to jump to wherever they're playing." Tsujimoto went on to explain that there will also be a search function to make it easy to find other hunters. "Once you get four hunters connected together you'll automatically go off on a quest. We're trying to make an online experience that's extremely stress-free and easy to use for the players."
Capcom remains hopeful that with the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the west, the series' popularity will grow further, but Tsujimoto insists that there will be no drastic changes to the series to appeal to western gamers.