Capcom gave Monster Hunter fans some existing updates and previews at Monster Hunter Digital Event this week as new information, trailers, and gameplay were released for the upcoming Nintendo Switch titles.
Monster Hunter Series Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and Monster Hunter Rise director Yasunori Ichinose walked us through an in-depth look at the game’s new Rampage quest type, new features, and confirmation of a second demo.
Your Hunter must work with the residents of Kamura Village to prepare their defensive installations and guard the Stronghold barricades against waves of oncoming monsters including Apex Monsters that may arrive during the assault.
A number of new gameplay features and mechanics were also revealed. In addition to the initial “Silkbind Attacks” available to all 14 weapon types, Hunters will unlock new “Switch Skills” for each weapon as they progress through the game which can be swapped out and will allow players to create all-new combos and combat strategies that match their preferred playstyle.
Monster Hunter Rise will also feature dynamic difficulty scaling for multiplayer, which automatically adjusts as new players enter and exit a hunt, and a new “Hunter Connect” feature that will allow players to create tags with their objectives and playstyle to search for players with the same tags or invite friends to any tags they haven’t joined yet.
Upon completing a quest in multiplayer, players will also be able to “like” the other hunters in their party and increase the likelihood of finding each other in future matchmaking sessions providing the players with a community-focused experience. Finally, players can capture their valiant accomplishments and the vibrant beauty of the Monster Hunter Rise world with the camera feature.
The Digital Event also released a new trailer for Monster Hunter Rise, giving us a glimpse of numerous new monsters and environments to come while showcasing fan-favorite monsters Zinogre and Nargacuga. Vigilant Hunters may have caught a glance of a new threat looming over Kamura, alongside the mischievous Elder Dragon Chameleos, which will be one of the various monsters arriving in post-launch updates following the game’s release later this month.
Thankfully, player also got a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2:Wing of Ruin that sets the stage of the epic journey with Razewing Rathalos, announcing the return of the self-proclaimed Felyne hero Navirou and teasing cooperative multiplayer quests which will feature some form of cross-compatibility with Monster Hunter Rise.
The deluxe edition will include Razewing layered armor sets and a Nergigante-inspired hairstyle for players, the Kuan Coat outfit for your Wyverian companion Ena, two new outfits for Navirou, and two sticker sets depicting the various companion’s players will encounter through their journey.
Players who preorder Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin on either platform will receive the Kamura maiden outfit for Ena, while players on Nintendo Switch will be able to unlock three different sets of layered armor and daily bonuses using the new Ena, Razewing Ratha, and Tsukino amiibo figures.
For those of you looking to get a taste, the Monster Hunter Rise limited-time demo is releasing later today, The demo will feature a higher difficulty hunt against the flagship monster Magnamalo for seasoned hunters, in addition to the four quests that were available in the January demo.
Monster Hunter Rise will release on the Nintendo switch on March 26th with a PC release planned for 2022, whilst Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will be available for the Nintendo Switch and PC on July 9, 2021.