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Capcom Reveals Pricing Structure for Monster Hunter G Online Multiplayer

by Lukasz Balicki - March 11, 2009, 6:44 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Siliconera

Monster Hunter G will be pay-to-play in Japan.

This morning, Capcom revealed the pricing structure for the Japan-only title, Monster Hunter G. Players who purchase the title will be given a fourteen-day free trial, after that they will have to spend Wii Points to purchase a subscription. Three subscription options will be available: 800 Wii Points for 30 days, 1500 Wii Points for 60 days, and 2000 Wii Points for 90 days.

Though the American Monster Hunter titles offered free online play, the pay-to-play structure has been present in every version of the popular series in Japan.

While this news may be disheartening for some, it should be noted that Christian Svensson of Capcom USA ruled out any possibility of the title releasing in North America.

Talkback

I know this game is similar to Phantasy Star Online, which also had paid online play, but that business model seems so outdated by now.  These games aren't really persistent, nor are they massively multiplayer -- you're in groups of four, like a very basic FPS.  Maybe the Japanese have different standards, but if Monster Hunter 3 Tri is ever released in the West, I think Capcom will have to make the online features free just to maintain parity with everything else in the market.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMarch 11, 2009

Yeah the only online enabled Monster Hunter that ever came out in the US was Monster Hunter 1 and that didn't have any online fees. The only explanation why they are doing this is because Capcom built their own dedicated servers for Monster Hunter on Wii. All the PSP Monster Hunter games are ad-hoc so the only way to play online with those is "tunneling".

Spak-SpangMarch 11, 2009

Truthfully, pay for online is not worth it, but you know if you are going to do it...you need to do it right. 

The game should be free to pick up a copy or at high discount $20.00-$30.00 for the initial purchase.  Then at most it should only cost $5.00 a month to play. 

UltimatePartyBearMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: Flames_of_chaos

While this news may be disheartening for some, it should be noted that Christian Svensson of Capcom USA ruled out any possibility of the title releasing in North America.

I was disappointed at first, but then I remembered that G was just the remake, and he didn't say anything at all about Tri.

EnnerMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: UltimatePartyBear

Quote from: Flames_of_chaos

While this news may be disheartening for some, it should be noted that Christian Svensson of Capcom USA ruled out any possibility of the title releasing in North America.

I was disappointed at first, but then I remembered that G was just the remake, and he didn't say anything at all about Tri.

Hah, same here. Oh man, it would be lovely if Tri gets officially announced and a Phantasy Star Online installment comes to the Wii. Monster Hunter can be frustrating and unforgiving at times so it would be nice to have PSO offer something a bit easier to chew.

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