Monster Hunter 4 will not see a release on the PS Vita anytime soon, says Capcom.
During a recent interview with Mainichi Shinbun Digital, as translated by Siliconera, Capcom's chief operating officer Haruhiro Tsujimoto confirmed that there are no plans to release Monster Hunter 4 on the PS Vita.
Tsujoimoto says there is a limit to how long games can be continuously developed on the same hardware. Monster Hunter was first released on the PS2 and then the PSP, and according to Tsujoimoto Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was the end of the line for the series on Sony's hardware.
"Games have ideal release periods, which also determine when their development begins. This resulted in our judgment of seeing the 3DS as the most desirable [platform for Monster Hunter 4]," says Tsujoimoto.
When asked about the PS4 and next-gen hardware, Tsujoimoto said that "while planning out game content, we will develop and judge which hardware is the most suitable. However, for the sake of the players, having it be a multi-development is the most ideal."
To the disappointment of Sony fans, Tsujoimoto clarified that despite speaking of "mutli-development", Capcom has no plans "for now" to release Monster Hunter 4 on the PS Vita. Tsujoimoto wants "as many people as possible to play it on the 3DS, and we are only thinking about making it succeed."
He goes on to reveal Capcom's goal of selling 2.8 million units seven months after Monster Hunter 4's release, which shouldn't be a problem according to Tsujoimoto as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS sold 2 million copies.
Monster Hunter 4 will release September 14 in Japan, a Western release is yet to be confirmed.
Capcom released a gameplay trailer for the 3DS exclusive earlier this month.