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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Online Play Is Region-Locked

by Tom Malina - February 8, 2013, 12:52 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/02/07/monster-hunte..., Siliconera

You'll need some local friends if you to go hunting over the internet.

Online multiplayer in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be region-locked, according to series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto.

In an interview with Gamereactor, translated via Siliconera, Tsujimoto confirmed that the server infrastructure would prevent North American players from hunting online with European or Japanese players on both Wii U and 3DS, and vice versa.

This is not the first time the franchise has had region-locked multiplayer. The original Monster Hunter Tri for Wii also only allowed players to form hunting parties with others in the same region.

Talkback

EnnerFebruary 08, 2013

No world wide web for hunting monsters. A shame.

AnGerFebruary 08, 2013

While many people may regard this as bullshit, I do not consider it a bad idea, because it is (from my p.o.v.) easier to make an appointment for a match if you all live in the same timezone (or close timezones).

GKFebruary 08, 2013

It's not a major deal breaker though I do have friends in Europe that I would like to go hunting with. Region free would also help out when I play early in the morning while much of North America is asleep.

Fatty The HuttFebruary 08, 2013

Boo. That's a shame as there are a fair few folks from Europe, Australia and Japan on these boards with whom it would be fun to slay monsters.

Mop it upFebruary 08, 2013

I guess Nintendo were worried about language barriers or something.

GKFebruary 08, 2013

Quote from: Mop

I guess Nintendo were worried about language barriers or something.

Think we can say "after" this time without getting censored if that's the case?

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusFebruary 09, 2013

I love region locking, it's great!!! I'm also against widespread literacy and the refridgeration of food.

PatpadiFebruary 09, 2013

You hate this region lock ? Me too and we can stop it just enter you free into my petition here's the link http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/capcom-change-that-monster-hunter-tri-ultimate-has-a-region-lock

ejamerFebruary 11, 2013

Just a guess, but restricting online play by region probably makes good connections more likely, while reducing management costs from Capcom's perspective. Less lag + (hopefully) free online service = good news in my books.


Region-free play would be ideal. But (for me) this isn't a deal-breaker by any means.

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