Monster Hunter Online Closed Beta Keys Being Sent Out to Chinese Players

A very select few Chinese players get to test out Monster Hunter Online this month. Perhaps we'll get some in-game shots?

Monster Hunter Online has yet to be confirmed for a Western release, but that doesn't mean we can't keep an eye on the game's status in China. Tencent is sending out closed beta keys to a select 1,000 applicants, and getting in as a foreigner is nearly impossible.

Closed beta applicants will have to complete a questionnaire before being considered and have a short 48 hour window to activate their account should they be one of the lucky few chosen.

What makes Monster Hunter Online special, aside from being the second Monster Hunter-branded MMORPG, is the fact that the game is being developed as a collaboration between Capcom and Chinese giant Tencent Games using CryEngine 3. This means two things:

  1. This is the first Monster Hunter title being developed outside of Japan.
  2. The leap to CryEngine 3 marks the first time the series will be using a brand new engine.

The question of whether or not this step forward for the series will be released internationally is still up in the air, but it is not unlikely considering Tencent's previous forays into the Western MMO markets and the international appeal of the franchise. Fingers crossed to see Monster Hunter Online make it to this side of the ocean.

Associate Editor

Ashley spends all her time playing games, cooking, and studying languages. It's a miracle she's not burned out on the whole thing after being a game addict since '89 (I'm old, deal with it). Classic annoying Sega kid, still hasn't let go of Sonic and prefers arcade-style games. Final Fantasy and SaGa rock whatever it is you like, chump.

Published Jun. 18th 2013
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    I would love to see this game make a western release, granted I played Monster Hunter Frontier Online even though I couldn't read it.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Monster Hunter Frontier is okay, but it really goes too far with the standard MH grind. More Monster Hunter, however, is always welcome.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    You've played it?
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Yes, via proxy on the JP server. I didn't play for too long, though, because the proxy I was using at the time really didn't give me even remotely ideal latency.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    ah, I was in Okinawa, so I didn't need a proxy. Do you play the freedom titles using Adhoc?
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Sadly, no. I played Freedom and Freedom Unite before they implemented the adhoc software on the JP PSN. I played FU for a bit around that time, but unfortunately by then I was already a bit burned out.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    Time to get un-burnt out!
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    But I don't even know where my copy of FU nor my other PSP is. Dagnabbit. I've moved three times since then. I have my other PSP with CFW on it, but the stick with my saves is in limbo at my family's house somewhere.

    Just wanted to edit this and say that both of my PSPs have had very hard lives, lol. I mostly use my secondary with CFW to play Project Diva and Taiko no Tatsujin these days, if in the mood. Rhythm genre 2gud.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    CFW? You know youwant to play FU! :P

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