Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector’s Edition announced for North America

Publisher Capcom has revealed a Collector’s Edition for the upcoming North American release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Said package will contain an exclusive Gore Magala figure (design not final), a pin in the form of a Felyne wearing the “eerie-looking” Gore Magala armour, a lanyard featuring a selection of monster icons, a microfibre screen-wipe cloth (the game logo seen above is a place-holder), the North American version of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (you want the game too, right?), and a special-designed box carrying all the above swag that resembles the in-game Supply Box. Capcom mentions “limited” supplies and advises customers to go on and pre-order the game via GameStop for $59.99.

Back in late January, Capcom had announced an enhanced edition of Monster Hunter 4 simply entitled Monster Hunter 4G, coming exclusively to the 3DS. The game will be launching on October 11th in Japan, and in early 2015 in North America and Europe. Versions out of Japan will be called Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Monster Hunter 4 is different from its predecessors in its strong emphasis on three-dimensional movement. Walls can now be climbed more fluidly and in any direction, and for the first time, players can grab on to monsters and attack them, as well as attack while in mid-air. The monsters are terrain-aware and use the environment to their advantage. Moreover, two new weapons have been added – the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade. Unfortunately, underwater combat – a feature from Monster Hunter 3 – has been removed.┬áThe game’s director – Kaname Fujioka – had stated that Monster Hunter 4 has a larger focus on adventure and story progression than previous Monster Hunter titles.Multiple base-camps unlock as the player progresses, creating the largest cast of NPCs of any Monster Hunter game to date.

Additionally, Monster Hunter 4 is the first Monster Hunter game appearing on a handheld to feature fully integrated online multiplayer. Previous titles in the series on the PlayStation Portable and 3DS consoles only allowed local area connections, although online play was possible by linking through a PlayStation 3 or Wii U console.