Monster Hunter 4 opening movie released

3DS game hits Japan next month, western launch plans still unconfirmed

Capcom has released the opening movie for Monster Hunter 4 ahead of the impressive-looking 3DS exclusive's Japanese release next month.

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The game was originally scheduled for release in Japan in March, but was pushed to summer 2013 "based on the decision that further quality enhancements [were] needed in order to meet the expectations and wishes of users".

The game was delayed again in May, when Capcom and Nintendo announced a Monster Hunter 4 release date of September 14 in Japan, where the game will launch alongside special edition 3DS hardware bundles. Western release plans for the title have yet to be confirmed.

Earlier this week, Capcom chief operating officer Haruhiro Tsujimoto said the publisher currently has no plans to release Monster Hunter 4 on Vita.