The Monster Hunter franchise is coming to Hollywood, Capcom has recently announced.
The new was revealed during this year’s Tokyo Game Show, by Capcom producer Ryozo Tsujimoto. Though few details have been revealed thus far, Tsujimoto has confirmed that a live action movie based on the cult RPG series is currently in the works.
The publisher also revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories; a story-driven spin-off coming exclusively to Japan next month. The events of the film will remain separate from Stories, however, according to Tsujimoto (via. Wired).
“While it isn’t related to Stories, there is a Hollywood movie adaptation of the main series in progress.” he said.
As with plot details, there’s no word yet on a release date for the Monster Hunter movie, nor an estimated development period. Given the film’s source material, though, we can probably expect to see some of the series’ beautiful behemoths recreated in glorious CGI, and hopefully springing onto the silver screen in the near future. Hey, maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the fiesty Felyne race.
The beast-conquering series began in 2004, with the original Monster Hunter releasing in Japan for the PlayStation 2. Further entries made their way onto the PSP and Nintendo Wii, before finding their current home on Nintendo’s 3DS in 2011. While the games’ punishing combat and committed playstyle has proven a hit in Japan, the Monster Hunter series remains something of a cult-classic amidst Western audiences.
The latest in the series, Monster Hunter Generations, released in the UK on July 15 2016, following its original release in Japan last November. Some new amiibo figures were also unveiled by Capcom for the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories, which are expected to hit shelves this December.