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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate update will add cross-region MP

Vocal fan uproar prompts u-turn in plans for region-locked multiplayer

Capcom is working on a post-launch patch for the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which will add off-TV play and cross-region multiplayer.

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The patch will go live approximately one month after the game's March launch (some time in April, says Capcom).

Once installed, Europe and US servers will be merged, allowing players in both regions to play together in games of up to four players.

This signals a complete u-turn on Capcom's original plan to region-lock the game's multiplayer component, to the disappointment of fans and even Capcom USA's own community man Yuri L. Araujo, who publicly admitted, "I'm not thrilled with the servers being split either."

The update will also add compatibility with Wii U's off-TV play feature, allowing for full gameplay to be transferred to the GamePad screen.

Capcom says this update comes entirely as a result of "very loud and clear" community feedback.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will release for Wii U and 3DS in Europe on March 22, and North America on March 19 via both retail and digital (eShop) outlets.

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