mhfulogoAbout a month ago, Capcom surprised everyone when they released an iOS version of their hit 2008 PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G in the Japanese App Store. Known as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite outside of Japan, the iOS version contained everything from the PSP release, including a few enhancements like improved graphics, controller support, and most exciting of all online multiplayer.

What wasn't really clear is if the iOS version of the game would see release outside of Japan. The PSP original was localized and released worldwide, and people in our forums found files containing the English language version of the title screen buried within the Japanese app along with many other clues that hinted that the rest of the world would eventually be getting the iOS version of the game.

Today, Capcom confirmed that Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is indeed heading to App Stores worldwide, and they've released a new trailer showcasing some of the new features of the iOS version.

Capcom did not offer a release date for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS, but they did say the game will be on display and playable at E3 next week, along with several of their other upcoming titles for various platforms. I'd imagine those of us who don't reside in Japan won't have to wait too long to get our hands on it, so we'll definitely give you a heads up when we find out more about when it's coming.

  • JJE McManus

    It would be grand, wouldn't it?
    But those buttons on an iPhone? I'd go so far as to say they look cramped even for an iPad. So, for me, it's not an instabuy. I'll wait and watch a couple of twitch streams first.

    • seinfeld95

      Given the fact that it's been out for some time now in Japan, they'll most likely implement controller support for it, if they haven't already.

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      • lll Anubis lll

        Who liked this? I'm going to hunt you down...

      • Opinion

        I did

      • br4nd0n

        Why'd she get fired bro?

      • JJE McManus

        Playing Candy Crush instead of doing her job at the drive thru window

      • Mnoz

        It had MFi support since day 1.

  • workingman

    Hopefully it shows up the week after e3, can't wait to have it again

  • ODMay

    I'm guessing a $19.99 price tag for this.

    • FRnchFRy

      I thought it was supposed to translate to around $13.00. Correct me if I'm wrong.

      • ODMay

        Yea, you're probably right. I went back and seen the other post about MH2 and it was ¥1,600 and that's like around $14/$15 here.

  • AjaxJump

    INSTABUY!

  • Morgan01

    Finally, it's coming!

    • YourAverageDude

      I still play this on my psp haha

  • Dom1nat0R

    What's the price translate to in USD?

  • Squablo

    Glad I held out and waited for the US release. This will be epic!!!!

  • Revengercm

    Hope they add online data system. This is a long ass game!

    • lll Anubis lll

      What do you mean exactly? Like online storage for save files?

      • the_rebel14

        Yeah, I think he means cloud saving.

      • lll Anubis lll

        Oh okay, thanks.

  • lll Anubis lll

    I'm torn. I recently got a vita and would love this game on it. However, the ios version is superior in multiple ways. If I did buy it on ios, I'm not sure how much I would play it. Curse first world problems!

    • Design by Adrian

      How is it superior? Doesn't matter to me, since I own an iDevice and might buy a razor controller.

      • lll Anubis lll

        I believe the ios version has online multiplayer, update graphics, and a lock on camera.

    • the_rebel14

      Haha! The never ending struggle for truth, justice, and the best video game console!

  • leehomf

    So what's the difference between this one and the 2g? Someone please elaborates.

    • Cookies

      As far as I am aware (I have a copy of both, but haven't put much time into the japanese version) and can find on the interwebs, they are the same game. They just aren't called G in the west for some reason (every game so far has had a G version, with only some being released outside of japan and never under the same name).

  • Cookies

    As much as I love this game (it's probably the most solid installment in the series so far, but that's just my opinion), I'm still somewhat apprehensive about the virtual controls (and can't afford to fork out for a good controller). I guess I'll wait until you guys review it and see how playable it is under normal conditions.

    • dudewelcome

      i've been playing the jpn version, and believe me, they work surprisingly well. they might even be the best virtual controls i've ever used on ios and don't at all compromise the monster hunter experience (though, to be fair, they take a little getting used to, but not in any way that's unusual for learning controls to a game)

  • Goggles789

    Monster Hunter Freedom Unite? I have to wonder, who names this stuff?

    • Jake7905

      It sounds like a badly worded military operation.

    • Cookies

      This is Capcom, the people that brought you Megaman Battle Network 5 Double Team DS. It's never surprising when they have long names (although in this case it's formulaic and not that weird).

  • terrence92

    And controller support?! Instabuy

  • XzJ450NzX

    Guys republiqué is free on the appstore right now. I know, its related to monsterhunter. :P

  • neobooper

    Its hard enough to play on PSP, it will be hell trying to play it on touch screen

    • dudewelcome

      it's actually easier to control on ios in my opinion (aiming bowguns/bows and controlling the camera both feel more natural, and you can kiss the psp "claw" situation goodbye) :3

  • Design by Adrian

    You get 15 slashes per hour. 1 slash is replenished every 2 minutes. You can buy 10 slashes for $1.99.

    • Stormourner

      pppppffffftttt!!! XD

    • lll Anubis lll

      Wait, if you get 15 slashes per hour wouldn't that be 1 every 4 minutes?

      • Design by Adrian

        Roar!

      • lll Anubis lll

        Dang, maybe you should hold off buying Monster Hunter and get some breath mints instead!

      • LanceAvion

        That's the point, you can only use up to 15 in an hour so when you use all 15 slashes in half and hour you'll want to buy more. Micro transactions at their finest.

  • https://www.youtube.com/HansKaosu HansKaosu

    I need new pants!

  • audiotaku

    Money money money MON-EEEEY!

    • dudewelcome

      yeah, i completely agree- it's WELL worth the money both on ios and psp. the jpn app is 1.0 gb

  • curtisrshideler

    Dragon Quest VIII and now this??? So many good RPGs, I'm struggling to divide me free time between them all. Never played a MH game before. But I hunted all day long in Ravensword 2, so I imagine I'll enjoy this one.

  • ChubbyPig

    So excited for this release, spent more hours on this game than anything else, amazing to have such a great game in my pocket with online capabilities.

  • Sylars

    Hey guys I have the japanese version from the japanese Store.
    Yes there is indeed a compatibility with controller and adjustable in the settings menu.
    So INSTABUY for all who love Monster Hunter or even for those MH newbies, because the controlls are still player friendly on the iphone. Even better that ob the psp. ^^

  • Sylars

    Ahh one more thing. Monster Hunter freedom unite is the western title for Monster Hunter portable 2nd G. So practically the same game, cheers.

  • Terwilke

    Is that... Dual Rajang in the distance?!?!

  • falco

    Hitman Sniper is coming on ios too

  • Devok

    Does this need online connection cause all capcom games need internet.

    • Dude.. Welcome..

      thankfully, no

  • tranceforma

    Hell yes, been waiting forever for a Monster Hunter game. Can't wait to play this

  • bigred447uk

    Been playing the Japanese version for weeks. The controls are excellent. Will buy the western release despite blowing a load of Yen on this already.

  • klouud

    FINALLY!!

  • lll Anubis lll

    Thanks for your input. I used to have it on PSP and I loved it. How do the graphics hold up on the vita? I'm afraid of a lot of aliasing, which for some reason bothers me. I bet the controls are a lot better on the vita though.

  • PresidentZer0

    So what is this game about ? Never played it.