The fact that a Monster Hunter title hasn't been confirmed for PS Vita is costing Sony's new handheld dearly in terms of Japanese sales, in stark comparison to the 3DS which has secured its own license to print Yen. However, PlayStation France CEO Philippe Cardon seems to have spilled the beans about an upcoming and unannounced portable Monster Hunter that should delight the Sony fanbase. Explaining the Vita's lacklustre sales figures to French site Le Point, Cardon explained that it was all down to the lack of Monster Hunter.
“The games available at launch in Japan do not correspond to the typology of the Japanese public. It lacks a particular game, Monster Hunter, scheduled for the coming months,” he said.
“Had it been there from the start in Japan, the story would have been different.”
This ties in nicely with a few corroborating reports that suggest a mid-to-late 2012 release date. No official confirmation as yet, but we'll bring you more as we hear it.