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Monster Hunter Demo Live Today on PSN!

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You’ve already heard about Monster Hunter coming to the west as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. If you’re new to the vast world of Monster Hunter, we’ve got some great new things to help you better understand what this game really has to offer.

First, the official demo will be live today (once the PlayStation Store is updated – keep an eye on the PlayStation.Blog) and loaded with brand new monsters. There’s three quests to choose from: Hypnocatrice, Plum Hermitaur, and an Epic Hunting Quest with three monsters to slay. Aside from new monsters, there’s also pre-made characters for each weapon type to choose from. Great Sword, Long Sword, Sword, Dual Blades, Hammer, Hunting Horn, Lance, Gun Lance, Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, and Bow… They’re all there. We’ve crammed as much into the demo as we could. You’ll be hunting in the forest, the desert, and in the swamp.

Monster Hunter just wouldn’t be the same without co-op, so the demo is fully capable of four player ad-hoc co-op! The demo isn’t going to just leave you to fend for yourself if you aren’t playing ad-hoc. If you play single player, you’ll have your choice to bring one of three Felyne Fighters with you. There’s Kota a Melee Fighter, and then there’s Ginger a Bomber, and finally Melody a Support type.

Now that you have a chance to finally hop into MHFU, we have a brand new set of videos coming to teach you some basics about hunting. Check out the first video right here!

There will be 3 more tutorial videos to come soon. You’ll be able to snag these videos online via the PSN so you can take the tips they offer with you on your PSP. In all, there’s going to be nine videos total for you to grab on PSN before the game launches.

And finally, we have one more tool to help you start your hunt: The Encyclopedia Gigantica. It’s focused on the community, and gathering all the knowledge from fans like you in a wiki style. Right now there’s not much in it, and the tools to add information about the in depth details of Monster Hunter will be coming around the E3 timeframe. Once that’s available, you’ll find much information about the world of Monster Hunter, including everything from the basics all the way to pro tips from other hunters who’ve contributed their own experience. Check it out right here!

And remember, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite hits shelves on June 23rd!

Good hunting!

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JuanDHexen said:

May 21st, 2:04 pm

Very nice, I dying to see what all of the fuzz is about since Japan can get enough of it.So I really hope I like it=)

Gamer_Matt27 said:

May 21st, 2:05 pm

I never thought I’d see the words, ” Monster Hunter Demo on PSN” until Monster Hunter 3 came out for PS3. Oh wait…

Stoopidfool said:

May 21st, 2:05 pm

so is this game that good?

Sekoku said:

May 21st, 2:07 pm

Tried to get into MHF1 saw that the “meat cooking” mini-game was sound-based and you had to press X at an EXACT MOMENT to get “well-done meat” quit because I couldn’t hear it.

Tried MHF2, saw the same gimmick was being used there, quit in seconds.

If Unite’s demo has the same gimmick count me out. I’ll stick to the grand-daddy series that your clone is copying. PSO.

AKA: You/Capcom need to consider some people play without sound and having sound-based mechanics your PSO clone is pretty damn stupid. I’m not saying cater to us all the damn time, but at least throw us a bone/make it more forgiving to get into it. Well-done meat shouldn’t require a split-second fraction-of-a-second-oh-you-see-it’s-golden-mash-x-too-bad-you-have-burned-it! timing.

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:31 pm

    I like PSO too. Good game.

    But as far as the meat cooking, I just want to point out that it\’s not a required task. I\’m surprised you got hung up on that. In fact, there\’s plenty of ways to increase stamina with out cooking your own well-done steaks. Like taking it to the Felyne kitchen, or having a friend trade you one, or heck, even just using an energy drink or mega juice.

    Besides, the timing shouldn\’t have been that difficult for you, since it\’s not all sound based. In fact, there\’s a color change to the meat when it\’s done, and you have a pretty decent amount of time to hit the X button. I know because I play with the sound off since it\’ll drive my wife nuts while she\’s watching her reality shows. =/

depward said:

May 21st, 2:08 pm

@Shawn Baxter – thanks very much sir!

growking said:

May 21st, 2:09 pm

update the store for god sakes

depward said:

May 21st, 2:09 pm

@54 seriously? That’s such an inconsequential piece of the overall game. You could even take your raw meet to your felynes and have them BBQ for you, skipping that altogether.

So refusing to play the game because of that = fail :)

dulcediana said:

May 21st, 2:10 pm

no MH for PS3… gonna be the worst decision

Mr_Kuwabara said:

May 21st, 2:13 pm

Woot I cant wait for the full version but Capcom, please, why do you have to butcher the names!

Hypocatrice sounds yucky, why not just leave it as Hypnoc? Same goes for Nargacuga. Oh my why not just call it Naruga?

/rant over

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:22 pm

    The Monster Hunter team in Japan comes up with the english names. And most of the time you\’ll shorten the names of the monsters anyways when playing, like los, ian, etc. It really shouldn\’t matter since we\’ll all end up abbreviating the new monsters\’ names anyways.

    Just saying.

Enigma777 said:

May 21st, 2:14 pm

Please, PLEASE bring Ad-Hoc Party to the US!!! This game is just begging for it!!!

BlooodyCow said:

May 21st, 2:14 pm

I am just curious. What was going through your mind mind when you were post this blog? People only want one monster hunter demo on the PSN and that is a Monster Hunter game for the PS3. I know I would have been ashame to post knowing we cancel the PS3 version of Monster Hunter 3.

Capt-Fury- said:

May 21st, 2:17 pm

We need Ad-Hoc party in the US

spunnups said:

May 21st, 2:27 pm

That looked really cool. I’ve never played a MH game before, but I gotta try this demo.


Please bring MH3 to PS3!!!!

Nagash_MalKaVian said:

May 21st, 2:29 pm

good news.. but… when an HD version for PS3? :D

untill then, I’ll play this one on psp >_>

BukDaN-E said:

May 21st, 2:30 pm

dang i remember the monster hunter for ps2 and it was a really good game i still have it too.

will MHFU psp be able to play online if u connect it with the ps3?

i havnt played any of the psp monster hunters so this would be refreshing.

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:34 pm

    You can play it through the PS3 online if you have the Japanese Ad-Hoc Party Beta. It\’s super easy, and perfect for Monster Hunter. Even supports both text and voice chat.

BurntOrange32 said:

May 21st, 2:34 pm

Can’t wait to try out the demo for monster hunter, well… after I play inFamous. Currently waiting for the inFamous demo to finish downloading….

strikepantsu said:

May 21st, 2:35 pm

I’ve been playing MHP2G (Even bought the limited edition bundle with the bronze MH PSP) since the Japanese release. Now that this is getting a state side release is there any other reason for me to grab a copy, aside from being a huge fan and wanting to show Capcom some support? Will there be changes to the game (other than the new names *ugh*). I’ve already preordered MHFU but I’d still like to know if there’ll be anything new. Also why does EU get a MHFU bundle? I kinda want an excuse to get a PSP-3000.

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:39 pm

    I can think of a big reason… playing it ALL in English, French, Spanish, German, or Italian.

katsuo7171 said:

May 21st, 2:37 pm

I’m having a psychic vision. A munster hunter entertainment pack to be released alongside the PSP2 at E3. PLEASE!! I haven’t bought a PSP yet but this game makes me want one alongside GOW chains of olympus. I will definitely buy one with the PSP2 MH entertainment pack.

Kaorobean said:

May 21st, 2:37 pm

So, uh, wouldn’t this be a good time to release the Adhoc Party application in the US Store?

Sometimes I wonder about you, Sony.

LokeSTL said:

May 21st, 2:39 pm

Add trophies to BCR please.

*runs for the hills*

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:42 pm

    Hmm… That\’s a really good idea… I\’ll fight for this for you!

Tikicobra said:

May 21st, 2:40 pm

Awesome news. I’ve never played Monster Hunter but it always intrigued me.

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:44 pm

    Well, if you want to me to run your ears off about it, hit me up on PSN (Snow_Infernus). It\’s always good to have someone do a little crash course with Monster Hunter, since it\’s a pretty deep game.

    Don\’t let that scare you though, despite being a pretty in depth game, it\’s oozing with awesome sauce.

PullusPardusUS said:

May 21st, 2:46 pm

This is going to be bad if Sony doesnt release Ad-Hoc Party…
you guys know how online is important in the west.

BukDaN-E said:

May 21st, 2:49 pm

thanks for the info, ill try it out sometime!

hopefully sony would release the ad-hoc party beta in the US huh?

gheart008 said:

May 21st, 2:49 pm

I’m a little confused. I watched the video, but all those scenes were from Freedom 2…

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:55 pm

    Actually, it\’s still Unite. Unite includes most of the stuff (not all of it though) from Freedom 2. In fact, even some from Freedom 1. But basically, Unite is the biggest, most complete Monster Hunter you can on the PSP.

supercoolmanchu said:

May 21st, 2:50 pm

Finally the ultimate version of a pretty sweet game is coming westwards and a good reason to stock up my PSP games library :-)
Don’t even remember the last time, I bought a PSP game…
Will there be a nice collector’s edition?

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:57 pm

    No, but if you\’re in Europe there is a sweet PSP bundle coming. (Which I\’ll be importing for myself, btw)

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 3:10 pm

    No, since the demo doesn\’t work like that. The demo is straight up pre-made characters. So there\’s really no progress to be made.

    Besides, this demo shows off G Rank quests. So once you get the full game you won\’t actually see the demo quests until at least HR7.

strikepantsu said:

May 21st, 2:54 pm

@ gheart008:

The monsters shown are from freedom 2 but the Feylne helper and a majority of the weapons shown are from Unite. The gunlance at 0:29 is one of my favorite weapons.

Shawn: Will we be able to import our saves from Freeom 2 to Unite? Will it be the same as transfering from Portable 2 to P2G?

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 2:56 pm

    Oh totally. I actually got a build not too long ago, and I was even able to import my Freedom 2 save into it then. So to answer; Yes, your Freedom 2 save can be imported.

Jenovah said:

May 21st, 2:56 pm

Awesome looking forward to seeing why this game is a MONSTER hit in Japan…..Er, No pun intended :P

matahtak said:

May 21st, 3:01 pm

I’ve never played a Monster Hunter game before. I would if it was on PS3 though… in a heart beat… looks like a really fun game. How cool would it be to hunt for monsters in HD with your PSN friends? Hahaha

Capt-Fury- said:

May 21st, 3:04 pm

hey Shawn, can we import our demo progress to the final copy?

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 3:11 pm

    No, since the demo doesn’t work like that. The demo is straight up pre-made characters. So there’s really no progress to be made.
    Besides, this demo shows off G Rank quests. So once you get the full game you won’t actually see the demo quests until at least HR7.

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May 21st, 3:06 pm



Watchmann said:

May 21st, 3:06 pm

Very nice surprise. While Monster Hunter has always looked appealing, I’ve never bothered with it as I’ve got the notion that the game is at it’s best in coop. I’m still not understanding this lack of support for infrastructure. Is this a technical issue, because I’ve noticed that many games are releasing now without infrastructure, but including ad hoc. If it’s not that, then is it merely a lack of interest in supporting servers?

I will be downloading the demo at least, regardless.

ScRaBBiT said:

May 21st, 3:08 pm

I love Monster Hunter. It’s great to see Capcom trying to push this in the west. Any word on ad-hoc party for the U.S.? I could have sworn I heard awhile back it was going to release here with either PSO or MHFU.

Zezzler said:

May 21st, 3:10 pm

What time does the PSN Store update? i want to try this ASAP!

SalvadorRuizJr said:

May 21st, 3:14 pm

Will save file from Monster Hunter Freedom 2 transfer over or do we need to start over?

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 3:15 pm

    The save will transfer from Freedom 2, yes.

Berae said:

May 21st, 3:24 pm

I cant understand all the hype related to this game, i mean i bought monster hunter 2 and it was so boring, i guess it was not my kind of game

justin456789 said:

May 21st, 3:24 pm

I’m just wondering can we uploaded our Freedom 2 save file or this demo save file to Freedom Unite? If not that ok I still buy Freedom Unite anyway.

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 3:34 pm

    Yes for the full game! No for the demo, since the demo is pre-made characters.

BigAnt18 said:

May 21st, 3:25 pm

I have inFamous and Cross Edge preordered, I can’t wait to get them! I hope they both come on Tuesday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday because the UPS guy is here to often lol. I kinda wish Cross Edge got some more press though, everyone I mentioned it to had no idea it was coming out. O_o

RurouniSaiya-jin said:

May 21st, 3:28 pm

Pretty Cool. A demo could help me decide on whether to get it or not. I’m still on the fence because I’ll have nobody to play with. I hope Ad Hoc Party comes over to NA

texasdisciple74 said:

May 21st, 3:35 pm

well what time does the playstation store get updated????? i want infamous demo

Tenjin said:

May 21st, 3:37 pm

Hello Sony, please release AdHoc-Party in english language =)


GothPunk said:

May 21st, 3:39 pm

Hi Shawn, any chance the demo will be coming to the EU PSN?

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    Shawn Baxter said:

    May 21st, 3:41 pm

    It will be, but I don\’t know what Europe\’s timing is on that. Sorry.

cepwin said:

May 21st, 3:40 pm

So what is the estimated time that the store will be updated?? I’m looking to download several demos when it is so I’m curious.

texasdisciple74 said:

May 21st, 3:40 pm

what time does playstation store update this is killin me

SolduNuts said:

May 21st, 3:41 pm

This game looks sweet, some how I have missed out on playing Monster Hunter up until this point and I must say this game will not pass me up this time. I am wondering if this game will come on UMD and/or download through the PSN?

Thank you Capcom for your continued support of everything Playstation.

Shuanji said:

May 21st, 3:42 pm

yeah,pls sony .. give us Ad-Hoc Party in English !!!! we use it allready in Japanese …
in english it is more komfortable

AKGermany said:

May 21st, 3:46 pm

What’s the best place to start if I want to check out this franchise?
Is this new one as good a game as any or should I check out one of the predecessors as a starting point?

texasdisciple74 said:

May 21st, 3:46 pm

someone got 2 know when the store gets updated

jgstyle00 said:

May 21st, 3:47 pm

Well at least you guys are getting a LITTLE earlier with these posts. Still, the Thursday update post should be posted FIRST thing in the morning.

It should be the first thing I see in my RSS reader when I get up in the morning. Come on guys, you can do it…

Tenjin said:

May 21st, 3:50 pm

Take Unite for your first Game, or Take Monster Hunter Freedom 2, you can take over your character.

If you are German, come visit mhfu.siteboard.eu :)

And please Sony, give us AdHoc Party in english =)

texasdisciple74 said:

May 21st, 3:52 pm

come on ppl answer me … what time does the psn store update!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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