It had to happen eventually. Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is too big to not have a cutesy spin-off, and now that an entire generation has passed since the series blew up in Japan, it needs that exact kind of game to pull in the kids. Hence, Monster Hunter Stories has been announced.

The game was confirmed by Capcom at the Monster Hunter Festa ’15 tournament finals over the weekend in Tokyo. Details are scant at the moment other than a Nintendo 3DS release in 2016. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto states that the game has been in development for five years.

“We want to imbue this game with a storyline and brand of fun that can only be done within the confines of an RPG, while still preserving the core sensibilities that people have come to associate with Monster Hunter.”

It looks like a good time, and seeing how Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was a success in the U.S., hopefully Capcom will be gracing its fans over here with a localization. I get a real E.X. Troopers vibe from the game, which was a cartoonish spin on Capcom’s series sci-fi shooter series Lost Planet. Of course, that one never made it to the states though, so I’m hoping that vibe doesn’t prove to be too strong.

Monster Hunter Stories launches in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS in 2016.