Capcom discuss Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’s crossover content


Sonic and the Black Knight crossover content for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was a surprising reveal to coincide with Tokyo Games Show 2014, and series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has shared some insight into how each collaboration was chosen.

It will be joined by Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. inspired content, with Tsujimoto sharing how such content came to fruition.

“There are actually a few people at SEGA that we’re pretty close to,” Tsujimoto explained to Siliconera. “We were chatting and thinking if there was something we could do together—some kind of collaboration. Then we settled on Sonic, ultimately, because he’s not only popular here in Japan, he’s also extremely popular overseas.

“Since we’re doing an overseas version of this game, it made sense to do some sort of collaborative crossover that would make sense globally. So I had an associate of mine at SEGA introduce me to the person in charge [of licensing]. We shook hands, made the deal, and there you go.”

As for The Legend of Zelda’s crossover and Super Mario Bros. content, Tsujimoto attributes this to Capcom’s close relationship with Nintendo and looking to choose something that would make sense.

“As you know, Nintendo helped a lot with development and they’ve been very good partners, so we wanted very much to take some kind of a Nintendo IP and do some sort of crossover that seemed to make sense from our point-of-view,” he discussed. “And of course, with us on the development side, when you think of Nintendo, the first thing you think of are Mario and Zelda characters. Certainly, for those of us on the devteam that are in our 30s and 40s, that’s exactly the first thing that comes to mind.

“So, we started to think of what we could do with Mario and Link-type characters. It occurred to us… as you know, in Monster Hunter, you’ve got a Sword and Shield, and Link is the same way, so it would be a perfect match. So, we went over to Nintendo, discussed, got permission, and went ahead and did it.”

Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan on October 11th, and in early 2015 across Europe and North America as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

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