Capcom in conjunction with Tencent, has announced their intentions to publish an MMO based on Capcom’s extremely popular Monster Hunter franchise. The announcement came earlier today at a conference held in Beijing.
The MMO is powered by Crytek’s CryEngine 3, the same engine used to power Warface and Farcry 3 and is set to begin beta testing in June. Unfortunately the MMO will only be published -for now- in China with no official word on whether it will make it to the western market.
The MMO is said to “reproduce the screen style, combat feel, mission modes and classic monster boss battles” found in other Monster Hunter titles. A user by the name of Doppelgangerf detailed more features on the PC Gamer forums including; drivable vehicles on both land and water (which you can see at the end of the trailer), destructible environments which can then be used by a monster as a weapon against the hunters, time and weather affecting the in-game world and persistent visible damage to monsters (weapons leave scars and body parts break off).
You can read his full post here.