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'Monster Hunter Online' announced by Capcom, powered by CryEngine 3

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Monster Hunter Online has been announced as a joint effort between Capcom and Chinese online specialists Tencent.

The game, which is powered by the CryEngine 3, will begin a six-month testing period in June throughout China. Global launch plans are still to be confirmed.


Monster Hunter Online will feature new skills, weapons, moves and maps, as dragons and humans struggle to co-exist.

Using the CryEngine 3, the developers are better able to simulate realistic environments, and will introduce dynamic light and shadow effects and weather systems.

Gameplay will remain similar to previous Monster Hunter games, although as a PC title, it will also feature mouse and keyboard support.

View Monster Hunter Online images below:
The news comes days after Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate added GamePad-only play, and cross-region support.

Released last month, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an expanded version of Wii role-playing adventure Monster Hunter Tri. It features cross-platform online play and progress sharing between the Wii U and 3DS versions.

The game went on to top the Wii U chart during its first week on sale, and was said to be partly responsible for an increase in console sales over Easter.

> Read Digital Spy's 'Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate' Wii U review
> Read Digital Spy's 'Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate' 3DS review

Watch a trailer for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate below:

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