Monster Hunter Online is sunsetting in China at the end of this year

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Bad news for the Chinese hunters of Monster Hunter Online: Tencent has announced that the game will be shutting down at the end of the year. The China-exclusive MMO entry in Capcom’s popular action-RPG franchise, which first went live four years ago in 2015, was the result of an agreement between Tencent and Capcom — an agreement that the studios have chosen not to renew, resulting in the game’s closure.

Of course, why exactly Capcom and Tencent have decided to let their contract lapse and bring Monster Hunter Online to an end isn’t entirely clear. It might be that the game just wasn’t profitable or popular enough, or it might have something to do with China’s restrictive game-regulation practices, which last year forced Tencent to pull Monster Hunter World from sale in China after the studio’s license to operate was revoked in the region.

Monster Hunter Online isn’t officially shuttering its doors until December 31st, but the game has put a halt to new registrations and payments, so at this point, current players are basically locked in to wait for the world to end. But in the statistically unlikely event that you’re a Monster Hunter Online player with an active account, you’ve got until the end of the year to get your fill of monster slaying.

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Monster Hunter Online isn’t officially shuttering its doors until December 31st, but…

Well… Darn! Guess I should go download it and finally make an acc-

…but the game has put a halt to new registrations…

… oh… Well.. darn…

Literally my train of thought reading through that line.

As for the why, it sounds like Tencent’s recent scuffles with the Chinese Government over game releases is playing hard into it. They’d gotten the rights to publish MH titles in China, starting with MH: Worlds obviously enough, but have since found that deal frozen as they were refused allowances for their games… Which means, sales preorders and all of that jazz Tencent was expecting to get from the Worlds just went out the window.
It also sounds like Capcom may have some hand in it as well, apparently having revoked the licenses and rights to the Monster Hunter games because of… well, said issues between what was supposed to be their in into the Chinese market and the Chinese government. As well as some other possible issues.

Which… well, yeah, see above. Darn. It sounds like events are being permanently enabled in game so… there’s something? But unless you know someone willing to go halfsies, or thirdsies… fourthsies… tenthsies… whatever… No way to play now. If we’re lucky though, maybe a private server or emulation may crop up? Please…?


This should be a warning to any developer trying to jump into the China market. It is much more erratic than ANY other game market. Outside companies trying to get a foothold into China is very unlikely to be a smooth (if even possible) due to the citizens being very patriotic to Chinese-made games and the government’s fickle censorship and legal processes.

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In my experience the Chinese are not patriotic on anything Chinese made – just like cars, clothes, food and everything else. They play Chinese games because the western ones are unnaturally nerfed by it’s government. No human being would ever willingly play a Chinese developed game over a game made in the west or Japan or even Korea – all things being equal.


> citizens being very patriotic
I bet they wouldn’t be so patriotic if they had a choice and weren’t being watched / tracked / spied on everywhere. Nonetheless, 25% of Chinese Internet users have VPNs – that’s US-sized market for not-so-patriotic products. To compare: it’s only 3% in Russia where government isn’t terribly friendly either.


Honestly, there’s mostly one reason at the moment and it has little to do with citizen preference. The government’s put a size fifty XXL Texas-big heel down on gaming as a whole, requiring anyone wanting to release a game to go through official Regulators in a process that is… on its brightest, clearest day, like staring into the sun with a magnifying glass strapped to your hobbyist astronomer telescope. And not during those times, is well… like the fallout of doing just that.

You’re seeing an increase in VPN use, coincidentally, because of that as a result. Especially if you want to, say, google a picture of Winnie the Poo and actually see what he looks like.

edit: And, of course, to also play games. Because even Chinese companies are being strangled by it.