New information for Monster Hunter 4 was released during the Nintendo Direct program in Japan.
The game will be released from Capcom in spring 2013 in Japan. The game will also feature new weapons such as the one shown in the silhouette picture above. The weapon seems familiar to that of the main character in the game Chrono Cross.
Fans of Monster Hunter will want to keep an eye out for more information on the game as its release approaches and hope that Capcom will announce the game for a western release.