Jeez, you guys. Can you, like, stop with all this “when is Monster Hunter World coming to Switch?” nonsense for just one second? Poor old Capcom’s sick to death of hearing about how much you want it on Nintendo’s machine, OK?
And who came blame Capcom, right? Monster Hunter World has been a complete and utter smash hit for the Japanese publisher, becoming the company’s fastest selling game of all time – no mean feat when you consider that it also owns Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Mega Man and many other huge gaming properties.
The decision to bring the series to Sony and Microsoft’s home consoles caused some furrowed brows a short time ago, with many fans crediting the excellent portable 3DS editions for giving Monster Hunter bumper sales and newfound global appeal. However, Capcom’s choice has been well and truly vindicated, and the company has said on more than one occasion that Monster Hunter World started development way before Switch was a known entity, making a port unlikely.
We get the feeling that Capcom will have to keep saying this until the end of time, because Monster Hunter World on Switch remains a hot topic. Speaking in an interview with Toyo Keizai, Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto himself had to reiterate the official line once more:
We’re aware of that request. However, taking into account various conditions, bringing Monster Hunter: World now for release is difficult. The reason is that the Switch has different functions from other stationary consoles as well as different players. Each game console as its own characteristic, and it’s necessary that we, as game makers, adapt to that when making [a game].
From now on, we’re looking at how we can support the Switch with our games, and that also includes Monster Hunter.
During the interview Tsujimoto pointed out that Monster Hunter does exist on Switch, even if it’s a port of an existing 3DS release. If you wanted to be hopelessly optimistic you could say that Tsujimoto doesn’t rule out Monster Hunter World on Nintendo’s hybrid system entirely, but his wording makes it sound more like Capcom is considering making a game which plays to the console’s unique strengths, rather than porting another title over.
In short, it really doesn’t look like Monster Hunter World is coming to Switch, so try asking for something more feasible – like world peace or a cure for all diseases.