mheiconWhile the beloved Monster Hunter Freedom Unite remains broken and unavailable on the App Store, Capcom is moving ahead with the series on mobile and has just soft-launched their free to play'd out version of the game called Monster Hunter Explore. The game has been out in Japan for a while, and our own Shaun Musgrave went hands-on with that version last October, and actually found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's certainly much more streamlined than the notoriously complex main games in the series, and is obviously geared for a broader, more casual audience, but Monster Hunter Explore manages to capture the core aspects of what make the Monster Hunter games so fun in the first place.

Considering the fanbase for Monster Hunter is pretty hardcore, it'll be interesting to see how long-time players react to this new take on the franchise. Even though this is more or less a "social RPG" version of Monster Hunter, there are no energy restrictions and it actually comes with full real-time co-op multiplayer for up to 4 players, which is impressive. Of course, you might hate social RPGs and end up totally hating it tainting one of your favorite series, or perhaps you're just not interested in checking this out as a matter of principle for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite never being fixed. Hey, I feel ya! However, if you count yourself among those who are excited by the sound of Monster Hunter Explore, the good news is that this latest soft-launch is proof positive that the game is releasing outside of Japan and in English, so I imagine it won't be long before it launches worldwide.

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In the meantime if you have a Canadian App Store login you can use this download link for Monster Hunter Explore and you can find more impressions or leave your own in the game's forum thread. If you don't have a Canadian account, it's easy enough to make one by following our little guide. We'll be keeping an eye out for any details on when Monster Hunter Explore might be leaving soft-launch and going worldwide, and we'll keep you posted.

Canadian App Store Link: Monster Hunter Explore, Free (Universal)

  • Amenbrother

    Pretty cool so far!

  • josej777

    Are they gonna fix MHFU?

  • curtisrshideler

    I'll download it IF they fix MHFU. Otherwise, I'll stick with iOS 8 and my MHFU, and not support Capcom's new endeavors.

  • JudasKain

    Capcom: Here's a f2p MH to make up for that 20 bucks you spent on an ancient MHFU that we wish everyone would just let die. Shall we call it quits?

    • Devante Weary

      To be fair, I've played MHXR since it came out and they did an excellent job with it. It's nearly perfect for what it is.

      It's like MH Lite, but in a good way. Means it's more of a play for 30 minutes and come back later type of game. Very arcady.

  • OtherSilhouette

    Any way to play this in the U.S.?

    • Tallgeese

      Jared kindly put a link at the end of the article that will explain the process of switching your app store to other countries' app stores (since the game is F2P, you don't have to worry about payments and it's pretty easy)!

      • Tallgeese

        mmmm... ちょっと待ってくれ。。。Spinning...

    • Tallgeese

      To change App Store country with your iPhone.
      .Click the App Store icon.
      .Scroll all the way down to the bottom
      .Click on the bar that says: [Apple ID: yourmail@hopefullynotanevilcorp]
      .Click [View Apple ID]
      .Click [Country/Region >]
      .Click [Change Country or Region]
      .From the list select [Canada]
      .[Agree] to Apple's Terms&Conditions
      .Haha, of course I'll [Agree] I read them ^_^
      .In the Account view select [None] for BILLING (if you haven't already, I can't recall if it keeps your card info when you switch back, you may have to re-enter it whenever you return to your country)
      .You should be able to keep the rest of your info the same, just select [PE - Prince Edward Island] for your PROVIDENCE
      .Enter [C1A 1B6] for the POSTAL CODE
      .Click [Done]
      .Get congratulated and select "Start Shopping" or [Done]
      .Use the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the CANADIAN(!) app store screen and enter [MONSTER HUNTER EXPLORE] (don't let the Empire catch you, traitor!)
      .Select the game!
      .Click [GET] and [INSTALL] and enter your code it's [12345] remember ;}!
      .While it's installing call CAPCOM/representative/mother/random number and demand the greatest hunter of all time, Ironbeard McCullough, be brought of early retirement to make more Monster Hunter commercials and/or watch them on the youtubez cuz they the best!
      .Lament the fact that the Monster Hunter Tri site where he yells at you to "click the button" no longer exists!

      • Tallgeese

        *out of retirement
        .Also say hi to Nathan Fillion for me please while you in Canada
        .Just do the same thing but obviously select your country and enter your missing info to return
        .You can also do this for other countries like New Zealand (which often gets soft-launches first), and Japan (often gets Japan only games).
        .You'll have to google the other country's postal/providence/region/nearest McDonald's codes but it's incredibly easy if you mess up Apple will tell you what you need in red to continue and you can just google what you need.
        .You can return after installing but there is a chance the game won't work when you do (some games require updates that won't be available if you leave the app's country)
        .I think I heard some countries will do an additional check to see where your IP is, and those require a VPN to get past.

      • Alexythimia23

        Tallgeese i tried this for usa and got a zip code and everything but it needed me to open an account so i put in my own details which it would not take? So are u saying this works for you? If so il try again..

      • Tallgeese

        Sorry, the only time I think it would want you to fill out or open a new account is if you choose SIGN OUT instead of VIEW APPLE ID (it's a little confusing as you are technically SIGNING OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY but with the VIEW (meaning ED!T) ID command). And it's a method that's always worked for me (also as long as I select NONE for billing) also how I first learned from googling around.
        .
        .I've also always hopped around from my "home base" of USA (not sure if there are additional difficulties to get in here, I know Japan wants a phonetic romaji version of your last name.) If the in-device switch method isn't working Jared's link to Carter's method of creating a new appstore identity altogether might be more useful to you. Sorry, that's all I can think of...
        .
        .There's also a link on Carter's page to an identity website which may be helpful if you are having trouble getting the proper geographic credentials (but again, from your description it sounds like it won't take your modified ID information, it just wants you to create a new one but then won't take it, not sure why... 🙁

      • John Doe

        I love you. thanks 🙂

      • Tallgeese

        ^_^

      • Alexythimia23

        Awesome il try thanx tallgeese ✌🏼️

      • Tallgeese

        no probs ^_^ hope it works!

    • Vernon Carter

      Qooapp it's I'n Japanese tho

  • Iyka

    OH MY GAWD YES

  • Montanx HS

    I'm actually more intrigued by this than proper MH titles.

  • heretikeen

    Another day, another visit to TA, another F2P that's "perfectly enjoyable even without spending a dime."
    I'm getting so bored and tired with mobile gaming.

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      you're free to leave the mobile gaming

  • OrangutanKungfu

    FFS Capcom. Just fix the original game...

  • Mikiesque

    Actually this is surprisngly good. Prefer to play proper MH game on 3DS and this simplified version on the phone. Good to have auto play feature so you can opt in and out when you feel like being part of the action.

    Good mobile version! Prefer this to MHU.

  • Nivak

    No Englisch Language?

    • TakKuroda

      The canadian version is in English

      • Nivak

        Downloaded it from cn store but its not englisch:/

  • Menezesmaia

    Wow, I'm really surprise with this game. The controls are amazing, srly.

  • Bradley

    Yawn. More mediocre F2P crap substituting for legitimate games and more willing masses ready to lap it up because we are programming ourselves to think that because some F2P is slightly better than other F2P, it is actually good. A willing and complicit media does nothing but advance the problem.

    • Talaen

      Thanks for sharing. I do indeed rate this slightly better than most FTP games based on a few hours of play, and haven't had a reason to even think about spending a dollar yet, so consider this one of the best values I've seen in a while.

      I have no problem paying for games (I buy a few console, handheld, or PC games every month), but if I am going to play a FTP game for periodic fun, I'm at least very happy that I don't have to worry about stopping when my energy runs out and being forced to pay to play.

  • dalianor

    1.11gb download content once game is installed is a little brutal !!

    • http://www.thomadaneau.com/ Thoma Daneau

      Came here to see if anyone had the same thing in mind. It's pretty big...

  • Taeles

    Fun game, love the lack of timers and energy bar. Only wish there was either 1, landscape mode or 2, the ability to view portrait games in landscape with black borders on my pro 12.9 heh.

    • JudasKain

      There is a special place in hell reserved for portrait mode.. And games with black borders...

      • Shaun Musgrave

        This is how Japanese mobile gamers feel about landscape mode. Viva la difference, I suppose. 🙂

      • JudasKain

        Hmmm are you the TA guy who lives in Japan? Would you kindly explain why japs no like landscape?

  • Kamakazie

    Not bad so far. It's suuuuuuuper light compared to actual Monster Hunter, but it looks like it'll do a good job of scratching that itch when I don't have the time to pull out the 3DS and do a real hunt.

    I appreciate that the weapons actually feel like a decent approximation of the real thing, that you need to dodge/block at the right time, and that it has online multiplayer.

  • riChchestMat

    Capcom do not deserve the oxygen of publicity. MHFU is why I stopped buying games on iOS. A 1 star review that says this crashes on the Capcom logo would be poetic justice.