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Monster Hunter Online free-to-play MMO announced with trailer

Crytek says CryEngine 3 powered PC game will be released internationally

Tencent Games and Capcom have announced Monster Hunter Online.

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The free-to-play PC MMO is powered by CryEngine 3 and open beta testing is scheduled to begin in June.

While the original announcement focused on plans to release the game in Japan, where it will be published by Tencent, a follow-up press release from Crytek said the title "will be developed for the international market" and "released internationally on Windows platforms".

It added: "The MMORPG will contain Monster Hunter's trademark blend of vast environments, awe-inspiring fantasy creatures and in-depth customization options."

CryEngine director of business development Areil Cai also said: "The Monster Hunter games are known for immersing players in breathtaking worlds where great gameplay and spectacular sights go hand in hand.

"CryEngine 3 is the perfect fit for the series, and will ensure Tencent Games and Capcom are well equipped to make Monster Hunter Online the groundbreaking MMORPG experience fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating."

Check out the first Monster Hunter Online trailer and screenshots:

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Capcom has confirmed a delayed Monster Hunter 4 release date window of this summer in Japan. Western launch plans for the 3DS exclusive have yet to be revealed.

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