We all know how big Japan is about gaming, especially when it comes to popular titles. Take the Monster Hunter franchise for example, always charting the top spot in the region. With Monster Hunter Rise releasing this Friday, it seems one company is handling its release as a work holiday, as it has given all its employees the day off to enjoy it.
In an email issued to employees and shared on Twitter, company director Masaki Hiyama issued a Holiday off for this upcoming Friday, so that employees can focus on playing Monster Hunter Rise on the Nintendo Switch.
— JackMasaki (@JackMasaki) March 23, 2021
We did a rough translation of the email, which reads:
Since March 26th (Friday) will be the release date of MONSTER HUNTER RISE (CCAPCOM) and it is expected that we will not be able to concentrate on our work, we will call it “Monster Hunter Holiday” and make it a vacation.
Talk about awesome! This wouldn’t be the first time a Japanese company took the day off for the launch of a popular game. Japanese developers PeroPero Games took the day off to celebrate the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 last year, and before that there were many other cases of an employer issuing no work because of a game release.
Will we see similiar practices adopted by other countries? Probably not, but one can hope.