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Monster Hunter 4 for PS Vita: 2012 release date would sell hardware

Many gamers will agree that Sony’s launch titles, both first party and third party are looking very impressive indeed in preparation for the launch of the PS Vita in Europe and US in February. However, one huge title missing off the list is a Monster Hunter game and it is a title that would inevitably help Sony to shift more PS Vita hardware units.

Despite fears last year that Monster Hunter wouldn’t be coming to the PS Vita, you’ll be pleased to hear that we are now hearing whispers that Capcom may be preparing a Monster Hunter game for the PS Vita for release sometime in the second half of 2012. The information has been cited from Japanese magazine Nikkei Trendy, and you can see a screenshot of the magazine including an image of Monster Hunter over at TheSixthAxis here.

As many fans will well be aware, the decision to bring Monster Hunter 3G to the Nintendo 3DS and not confirm a title for the December Japanese launch of the PS Vita remains a very strange move by Sony. It is no secret that Monster Hunter is huge in Japan and the availability of Monster Hunter for the PS Vita would undoubtedly be a win win situation for both Sony and Capcom. We would even go as far to say that if Capcom brought Monster Hunter 4 to the PS Vita, it would easily be the most popular game on the system. Meanwhile for Sony, they could sit back and just watch hardware units increase by the thousands as many fans flock to stores to get their new Monster Hunter fix.

Whether or not Monster Hunter 4 or a version of an older Monster Hunter game appears on the Vita is irrelevant – fans would just like to see a MH game on the system period. Considering the benefits for both companies as mentioned above, we would predict that this will happen sooner rather than later. If you are a big Monster Hunter fan, let us know your thoughts on the idea of MH appearing on the PS Vita.

The question we want to know, is would Monster Hunter alone be responsible for your PS Vita purchase should it become available?

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