Tencent and Capcom partnered up on big game project to produce the China-only MMORPG Monster Hunter Online. Built on the CryEngine, Monster Hunter Online first released into open beta in 2015.
After selling 8 million copies on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the PC version of Monster Hunter: World (MHW) arrived in China by internet/gaming giant Tencent. But the game has inflicting problems following demands from the country’s regulators.
The game was heavily loaded with launcher and some malware detected. Despite these hurdles, Monster Hunter Online built hype with videos of intrepid Westerners giving the game a try. Well, latest news says the game will be end. While all new registrations and payments have already been disabled, the servers will stay up until December 31, 2019. Monster Hunter World is still not available in China, but the closure of Monster Hunter Online may the first hint that Tencent and the Chinese government have settled their disagreements over the game. With ChinaJoy 2019 around four months away, we may get an announcement soon.
The official reason given for the closure is that Tencent's license with Capcom has expired, but considering Tencent was the agreed upon publisher of Monster Hunter World before the government blocked its release, its safe to assume the two companies are still on good terms.