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Monster Hunter: World PC delay explained

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We are all extremely excited about the release of Monster Hunter: World for PS4 and Xbox One on 26 January, so much so that I listed it as my top pick in our most anticipated games on 2018. PC gamers, however, will have to wait quite a while still to join the hunt and until now, there has been no clear explanation as to why.

PC release window and explanation

The PC version is expected to release in Autumn 2018 as announced last week. That’s northern hemisphere Autumn, so for South Africans, it should be between 22 September and 21 December 2018. That’s still a long way, but the wait might just be worth it.

GamesRadar (as reported by PC Gamer) had a chat with Ryozo Tsujimoto, the game’s producer, where Mr Tsujimoto explained why Monster Hunter: World is taking such a long time to get released on PC, noting PC servers and matchmaking as one of the reasons, as well as the fact that it is the development team’s first PC game.

For the main Monster Hunter game, this is our first PC title and it’s something we want to make sure we get right. So rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not it not being able to have our full attention on it. We want to get console out the door and then we’re going to take some extra time and try and get the PC version as good as possible."

"There's extra work you need for PC as well. On console you use first party matchmaking, you just kind of plug into it, whether it’s PSN or Xbox Live, but on PC we’re going to have to work more to get our own matchmaking working. So, hopefully, PC users won’t mind waiting a little bit longer for us to bring you a really great optimised PC experience." - Source

I, for one, do feel for PC gamers as the PC release window is still a long way off. However, since the game will start getting free content updates in “Spring 2018” on consoles, PC gamers might be in for something like a definitive experience when the game finally gets unleashed for them. Further, getting the best, most polished version of the game possible might be worth the wait in the end.

For those who have a PS4, don’t forget that the third and final PS4 beta will be kicking off next week, as the game is definitely worth checking out.

Check out our Monster Hunter: World beta coverage on the PS4 Pro below and then tell us if you plan on playing the PC version of the game in the comment section below.

Source: PC Gamer

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