The latest issue of Japanese print magazine Famitsu, features an in-depth interview with the producers of Monster Hunter 4 who are currently working on the Ultimate version for the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS eShop. The interview reveals that the new game will feature several elements originally planned for the original which were cut due to time constraints.
“Firstly, it’s a due to way to thank those who are currently playing Monster Hunter 4. After the release of Monster Hunter 4, there were plenty of voices that said ‘we could’ve done this and that more,’ and we had more and more ideas for things that we could have done in Monster Hunter 4, and [the concept] came from all those uncomfortable feelings of wanting to make all of that happen.” – Tsujimoto
Capcom’s Fujioka reveals that one of the first ideas they hoped to implement was the ability to pull off jump attacks whilst being vaulted in mid air. Whilst testing this feature, which always appeared popular between groups of players, they hoped to be able to differentiate vaults by monsters and by other team mates.
“Adjustments aside, one of the first things we did was to test whether we could pull off jump attacks while being vaulted into mid-air. When we asked the development staff if it could be done, ‘most likely, yeah,’ was their response. We thought of all kinds of different reactions for those mid-air moments, but the ‘hey, you just sent me flying!’ you often hear accompanied with a laugh from your friends, is an exchange that we definitely wanted to keep. However, we wanted to add a difference between being sent flying by monsters and by your buddies. We wanted to expand with something that could change a ‘sorry’ after being sent flying, into ‘thank you!’”
“One of our previous concepts was to ‘have the challenge of high difficulty hunting,’ and now that there will be G-rank quests in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, we’re preparing things that G-rank-caliber players will be able to enjoy. Once you get to the part where you can unlock your Hunter rank at the Guild Hall, an urgent quest will appear. Once you clear that quest, the path to G-rank will open.” – Fujioka