The Monster Hunter franchise has started to move into other mediums, with a live-action movie currently in development. It seems that the series will be moving into the world of animation once more, as Capcom has announced an upcoming one-off animated special, called Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild.
All we know about the story of Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is based on a brief synopsis, which tells us about a new hunter looking to prove himself by taking on an Elder Dragon. The concept art for the series (seen in the cover image above) also shows a hunter battling a Nerscylla, which means that it will likely make an appearance in the film.
The company working on the special is Pure Imagination Studios, which is most famous for creating the Lego episode of The Simpsons, as well as other shorts and features involving DC superheroes.
It's currently unclear how the special will be distributed, as the information released so far suggests that it won't be feature length. It's possible that it may be sold to one of the streaming services, as Capcom won't finance a project this big without a means of selling it to a distributor.
It's possible that Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild may be a proof of concept for a larger series. This wouldn't be a first for the Monster Hunter franchise, as there was an anime based on the Monster Hunter Stories spinoff title. Monster Hunter Stories was more about befriending monsters than slaying them/making hats out of their skin, which was necessary in order for the show to reach the target audience of children, but Monste Hunter: Legends of the Guild seems to be much closer in tone to the main series of games.
There is also a live-action Monster Hunter movie that is also in development. All we know about that project is that it will be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich. You may recognize those names as being the creative force behind the Resident Evil movie series, which made over a billion dollars of profit at the box office, which may explain why Capcom would want to use them again.
Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is due to be released in 2019.