Capcom has revealed that it has a ‘major unannounced title’ planned for launch before March 2024 or before its currently fiscal year ends. We know that the company is hard at work on several major projects right now including Dragon’s Dogma 2, the mysterious Pragmata and possibly Resident Evil 9. The outlier seems to be the next big Monster Hunter game, which fans expect might be the unannounced game expected to release very soon.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, the Japanese Q&A section of Capcom’s recent earnings call revealed that it intends to hit a 45 million units sales target for its current fiscal year with its unannounced title. The company reached 22.6 million units at the halfway mark of the fiscal year, meaning that whatever unannounced game is set to release in a few months might be related to one of Capcom’s biggest franchises: Resident Evil and Monster Hunter.
To rule out Resident Evil, it’s unlikely that a new entry would reach that lofty sales target. Even at its best, the franchise has never drawn in the strongest initial sales. New Resident Evil games typically become major financial successes several months later. The only franchise left is Monster Hunter and that seems like a fair bet. At nearly 20 million copies sold, Monster Hunter World is Capcom’s best-selling game of all time so the anticipation for a follow-up would be incredibly high – high enough to meet Capcom’s fiscal year target.
This shouldn’t be confused with Monster Hunter Rise as that’s largely considered a side project in the franchise. The next mainline entry would be Monster Hunter 6 or a direct follow-up to World, which would be widely available on almost all platforms on release. To add a bit more fuel to the fire, the Monster Hunter franchise will celebrate its 20th anniversary in March next year, meaning it would be a perfect opportunity to release a new game.
Some have speculated that it could be Dragon’s Dogma 2 instead, though Capcom specifically lists the game as “unannounced” in its earnings results. Either way, it’s safe to assume that a reveal for this mystery game could happen at The Game Awards in December.
In the meantime, check out the mobile game, Monster Hunter Now, which offers an AR experience that’s been warmly received by fans so far.
Source: Video Games Chronicle