If you were hoping for Monster Hunter for the Nintendo Switch at this morning's Monster Hunter Direct, you're out of luck. Instead, series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto announced Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross for those in the know) for Nintendo 3DS. The game is planned for a Japanese release on March 18, 2017. No Western release was announced and the last localization took 7 months to reach our shores. Plan accordingly.
Monster Hunter XX looks to be the G-Rank "Ultimate" version of Monster Hunter X (Monster Hunter Generations here in the West). It features a new region, new and returning monsters (Barroth, Barioth and Diablos are back), and 2 new Hunter styles, bringing the game total to 6. A series of connected airships look to be the new hub area. There also seems to some sort of bridge content for the game, carrying players from Monster Hunter X to Monster Hunter XX.
Capcom has already said that it expects Monster Hunter XX to sell 2 million units before the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2017. In a separate release, the company revealed that Monster Hunter Generations has sold 4.1 million units worldwide.
The March 18 release date is suspicious for many, given that the Nintendo Switch is supposed to launch sometime in March. Speculation has the Switch receiving an up-port of Monster Hunter XX on Switch around the same time as its 3DS release, at least in Japan. We can hope, huh?