Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, a killer-app for the Wii U if there ever was one, will be getting some much welcome new features via a new patch that drops on April 15th at 8pm EST in America and April 16th at 1am in Europe, available for download via the eShop.
The two features on offer are Off-TV Play, which allow you to play the game entirely on the Wii U Gamepad without the need to use the TV screen at all, as well as Cross-Region Play that allows you to team up and game with players from other countries across Europe. Once the patch is live, the servers for the United States and Europe will be merged.
This patch follows much outcry from fans of the game who protested Capcom’s initial decision not to merge servers. Thankfully Capcom heard their pleas and did a 180, as originally they were planning to keep the servers separate. Even Capcom USA’s Community Manager Yuri Araujo was not happy with Capcom Japan’s original decision, and stated so when he said he was “Not thrilled with the servers being split either.” This will go a long way in satisfying both he and the fan community at large.
Both updates will definitely be welcome for fans of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. And it’s always good to hear when a videogame company acknowledges and then works to fix the complaints of their customers.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was released in North America for 3DS and Wii U on March 19th 2013 and in Europe on March 22nd. Both games can be bought either in stores at retail or digitally via the eShop on each platform. It’s worth noting that the 3DS version does NOT feature online multiplayer, and thus the patch will not effect the 3DS version of the game.