Before I get too excited about this, I can't help but think back to Tri. Now, in the west the online was free to play, which seems like common sense until finding out that the JP version was 5 bucks a month to play online.
Do we have to worry about that kind of thing for this game? Or is it just a given that it'll be free to play online in the west or in both territories?
I'm thinking it's subscription based in Japan, simply because there is a vast amount more players over there than there is here. Their servers need much more maintenance to handle the load, so to speak, thus the fee.
..and even if that's not the case, they can get away with it because Japan loves the Hunt. it's one of the most popular series over there. (I wish the same could be said for the rest of the world...)
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