Earlier today I revealed that Capcom had announced the latest entry in the Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter Stories. However earlier we had no knowledge on the game whatsoever apart from a brief trailer, however thanks to a short message from series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto it has been revealed this game has been a long time coming, in fact the company began designing the game roughly five years ago.

Tsujimoto said:

After having passed the 10th anniversary last year, this is a new challenge for the Monster Hunter series, that we’ve began designing since about five years ago. While staying true to the world of Monster Hunter, and a story that can only be told through an RPG, we’d like to pack it with fun and enjoyment that we can’t even begin to describe with words. It is still in the middle of development, we’d like to offer you a new kind of excitement that is different from the conventional series, and the development staff are working on it in full-spirit.

Tsujimoto has also said that Monster Hunter will not be like other Monster Hunter games, instead of hunting monsters like we do in the other games players will become ‘Riders’. The story in this particular Role-Playing-Game will tell the tale between the Riders and the monsters.

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