10 years ago today Capcom released the first Monster Hunter game. It launched in Japan for the PlayStation 2 as part of a new initiative from Capcom's Production Studio 1 designed to test the waters of online console gaming. It was a triumvirate that included cel-shaded racing game Auto Modellista, the multiplayer-focused Resident Evil: Outbreak and, of course, Monster Hunter. Capcom hoped at least one would sell a million copies, what the company considered then to be the mark of a hit title. One did.
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As job descriptions go, Monster Hunter is pretty hard to top. Not only is it concise and wonderfully self-explanatory, it's also the sort of thing that instantly impresses the opposite sex and marks you out as someone whose genetic material is worth adding to the family tree.
"Have you met Ian? He's in computers"
"Oh, that's interesting. I'm a MONSTER HUNTER"
Capcom has announced that PSP title Monster Hunter Portable will go by the name Monster Hunter Freedom in the US when it's released there in Q1 2006, and elaborated on details of the game's features, including multiplayer modes.
Based on Monster Hunter PS2 and its Japanese-only sequel MH G, Freedom aims to expand the single-player side of the game so it's more suitable for handheld play. To this end you'll have a larger range of tasks to complete with your customised avatar - retrieving dragon eggs, hunting down big creatures, etc. - while scavenging defeated monsters for food and supplies, and accumulating mission rewards for upgrading your arsenal and equipment.
There will be multiplayer modes though, via ad hoc Wi-Fi. Four players can team up in co-op missions, exchange items and guild cards, and there will be a 'treasure hunters' two-player co-op game where players have to collect and deliver treasure somewhere within a time limit.