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Monster Hunter getting 3D animated special in 2019

Capcom is teaming up with a Western team to produce the animation

Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild concept art
Capcom/Pure Imagination Studios

Capcom is continuing to ride the wave of Monster Hunter’s success with a computer-animated special, the company announced today. Set to premiere in 2019, the developer is working with Western production company Pure Imagination Studios on this latest iteration of the franchise.

Neither studio is offering many specifics on the nature of this 3D-animated project, but there is both a name and a vague premise. Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild will tell the story of a male warrior who leaves his unassuming hometown to take down a dangerous Elder Dragon.

Both Capcom and Pure Imagination — whose previous projects include the Lego-inspired episode of The Simpsons — seems to be shopping the special around right now, with plans to air it worldwide next year. Also attached to the project is writer Joshua Fine, whose best-known credit is Starz’s Ultimate Spider-Man series.

Monster Hunter: World won over a huge, dedicated fanbase when it launched in January, becoming one of Capcom’s biggest-selling titles of all time. This won’t be the first animated take on the series, however; a children’s anime ran in 2010, with another airing in 2016. There’s also a Western-produced film in the works.

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