Believe it or not, there was once a time when Japanese gaming monolith Monster Hunter wasn’t a Nintendo exclusive series. It’s been an enduring six years since then, with almost every kid in Japan needing to pick up their own 3DS just to play. Today however, things are about to change, at least if the announcement from Sony’s E3 conference mean anything. Officially announced today, we got our first look at the upcoming Monster Hunter World which will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC early 2018.
If you’re not familiar with the Monster Hunter franchise, I couldn’t blame you. It’s a series that’s undeservingly largely been overlooked by international audiences since it’s early days. That isn’t so much the case here in Japan however, with the series often being a deciding factor for many as to which console they would go on to buy. The latest entry into the series, Monster Hunter XX, managed to push over 1.3 million units within Japan alone in it’s opening month. Those are some serious numbers, especially for a Japan-only 3DS title.
I might be getting ahead of myself a little in saying this, but the game is looking absolutely incredible.Defying the conventions of it’s predecessors, Monster Hunter World appears to show a heavy focus on exploration and free-movement within it’s vast and open world. It has been detailed by Capcom that the game will also feature drop-in multiplayer functionality, allowing players from all around the world to embark in four-player co-op questing. Bridging the gap between Japan and the West appears to be a key-point for Capcom, and Monster Hunter World aims to work towards it.
The full release from Capcom can be seen below, in which they delve further into the specific details of the game:
Monster Hunter: World introduces a living, breathing ecosystem in which players take on the role of a hunter that seeks and slays ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles that unfold across the vast ever-changing terrain.
Retaining the series’ skill based progression and robust crafting system, players gear up to venture on quests to seek and slay monsters, progressively improving their skills to become the ultimate hunter. Loot collected from fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armor upgrades styled after the monsters they’ve slain, allowing hunters to survive the elements and defeat the tougher opponents that await them.
Monster Hunter: World delivers a seamless gameplay experience allowing players to move freely across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems and dynamically transition from day to night. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role in each quest as players strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation and wildlife to their advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to track and maneuver their targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.
With flexible online multiplayer options and an accessible quest structure, players can tackle challenges alone or join up to three other hunters online for cooperative play. For the first time in the Monster Hunter™ series, players from Japan and the west can play together online, providing an expanded base of cooperative hunting companions. With the new online drop-in functionality, solo players can hail for assistance from the worldwide group during quests when their opponents are too daunting to take on single-handedly.
If you’re interested in checking out further information on the upcoming title, be sure to take a look at the official website, here.