With the Monster Hunter franchise reaching all-new levels of popularity thanks to the success of Monster Hunter: World, it was only a matter of time before it would be adapted for TV audiences; and that is exactly what will happen come 2019 with the release of an animated special titled Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild 3D.
The special, which will be the result of a collaboration between Capcom and Pure Imagination Studios, tells the tale of a young man who wants to prove himself a hunter “worthy of recognition” and will soon get an opportunity to do just that once his village finds itself in the path of an Elder Dragon. The press release didn’t go into further detail about the movie, but considering that the promotional material features a Nerscylla, it’s likely that other monsters not present in World will make an appearance in the flick.
The announcement was also accompanied by a statement from Capcom’s Ryozo Tsujimoto and Pure Imagination Studios’ John P. Roberts, who said the following:
“We are thrilled to return fans to the universe of Monster Hunter and expand the series’ rich lore,” said Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto. “We think die-hard fans will appreciate our dedication to the source material while those uninitiated to the series will still be treated to an epic adventure in a wholly unique world.”
“At Pure Imagination, we focus on building content driven eco-systems and experiences that can live across multiple platforms of engagement,” said John P. Roberts, Chief Content Officer, Pure Imagination Studios. “With Monster Hunter, our talented and diverse group of animators, storytellers and producers, who have created content for LEGO, Marvel, and Star Wars, are collaborating with Capcom to create a powerful and engaging story universe to serve its enormous global fanbase.”
Production will be completed this Winter and the special is expected to premiere globally in 2019.