Capcom’s action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World just finished up its limited-time beta earlier this week, but it will be out on January 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a PC version to come in late 2018.
Previous installments haven’t gained much traction in the West due to focusing on handheld platforms like the Nintendo 3DS instead of consoles and PC, according to industry analyst SuperData Research.
“Platform is the primary factor, but there is another related reason,” said SuperData’s senior analyst Carter Rogers in an email to GamesBeat.
“Previous entries in the series have encouraged players to meet up in person with and play together.
This generally isn’t feasible outside of densely populated Japan.”
Capcom has sold over 40 million copies of Monster Hunter games since the series debuted in 2004, thanks largely due to the devoted Japanese fan base.