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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to get cross-region, off-TV play in April


Capcom is introducing a patch to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in April that brings both cross-region and off-TV functionality to the Wii U game. The introduction of cross-region play, which allows North American and European players to monster-hunt together in battles for up to four players, represents Capcom backtracking on its decision to region-lock the game, and the company says the update is a "response to community feedback."

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate comes to North America in three weeks time on March 19, so it won't have cross-region or off-TV functionality at launch. The game is also set to receive free additional quests on both 3DS and Wii U, with the first of these available at launch.

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Capcom today confirmed that following the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo's Wii U system on March 19, a software update will be released a month later (in April) as a response to community feedback.

The software update will add online cross-region functionality, allowing North American and European gamers to play together online in up to four-player battles*. Monster Hunters will also be able to play the game using just the Wii U GamePad without the need for a TV screen as the software update makes the title compatible with off-TV play.

Capcom will be continuing to support Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for several months after release with additional free of charge downloadable quests. The first quest will be available at launch.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate releases across North America on March 19, 2013 for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, at retail as well as in the Nintendo eShop.

*Online play for gamers in North America and Europe will be completely free to play, although broadband Internet charges still apply.

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