Capcom Cancels All Monster Hunter Festa Events
Six upcoming tournaments cancelled out of concern for attendee safety.
Capcom announced today that all upcoming installments for this year's Monster Hunter Festa tournament and fan event have been cancelled.
This year's Monster Hunter Festa was scheduled to kick off on the 13th in the southern Fukuoka region. Following Friday's earthquake and tsunami, Capcom quickly announced that the Fukuoka event would not be held.
Today's announcement applies to the remaining legs of the tour, which were scheduled to be held according to the following schedule:
- 3/19: Nagoya
- 3/21: Tokyo
- 3/27: Sendai
- 4/3: Sapporo
- 4/10: Osaka
These regional events were to be followed by the tournament finals in Tokyo in late May. All five remaining events, and the finals tournament, have been cancelled.
In a message sent out to the press today, Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto wrote, "I received a great shock from the news of the earthquake. I offer my condolences to the many victims. While I also experienced the earthquake from Tokyo, I know that there is greater damage in Tohoku and Kanto. After an internal discussion, out of concern for everyone's safety, we've decided to cancel the Monster Hunter Festa event, which was scheduled to be held in six locations throughout the nation. For all hunters who were affected by the earthquake, I hope that we can work together to overcome this difficult time. I pray for the safety of all hunters nationwide."
(The term "hunter" is often used to describe Monster Hunter players.)