Capcom revealed two new Monster Hunter games during the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2. The former is a brand-new Monster Hunter experience designed specifically for Nintendo Switch, and it looks like a mainline entry in the vein of Monster Hunter World. Monster Hunter Rise releases March 26, 2021 on Nintendo Switch. Multiple editions will be available at launch, and those who order early will get a few in-game bonuses. Monster Hunter Rise preorders are beginning to pop up now.
Monster Hunter Rise is available to preorder at the Nintendo Switch eShop. There will also be three new Amiibo launching alongside Monster Hunter Rise: Magnamalo, Palico, and Palamute–each of which will unlock a layered armor set in the game.
Monster Hunter Rise preorder bonuses
If you preorder any edition of Monster Hunter Rise, you’ll receive three bonuses:
- Palamute Retriever Costume layered armor (changes appearance)
- Palico Forest Cat Costume layered armor (changes appearance)
- Novice Talisman: Helps your stats early on in the game
Monster Hunter Rise, as the name suggests, has more verticality than previous Monster Hunter games. Players will have access to an item called the Wirebug that allows them to grapple through the air and scale walls. The Wirebug can also be used in combat to create fast-paced combos. Based on the gameplay trailer, it appears that Rise will have a large variety of combat moves that will lead to dynamic showdowns against the big monsters.
Speaking of monsters, Capcom revealed four of the new monsters joining the lineup in Rise. The main foe is Magnamalo, a Fanged Wyvern that apparently caused the first calamity in 50 years. We also got a look at Aknosom (Bird Wyvern), Tetranadon (amphibian), and Great Izuchi (Bird Wyvern). Like Monster Hunter World, big monsters will get into fights with each other during your hunts, and Capcom said it’s working on some new features for these showdowns that will be revealed at a later date.
Monster Hunter Rise – Official Announcement Trailer
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This time around, your base camp is called Kamura Village. At base, you’ll stock up on items, upgrade gear, converse with locals to advance the story, and accept quests. After posting a quest, you’ll be transported to open-world locales that are entirely seamless, just like Monster Hunter World. This is a critical change on Switch, as Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate‘s locales featured load times between zones.
Palicos return as adorable little support partners on quests, but the felines will also be joined by canines called Palamutes. Hunters can hop on the backs of Palamutes to move around the map quicker. When playing solo, you can bring two support buddies with you. In multiplayer, each hunter gets to bring one support partner (a Palico or Palamute). You’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play with up to three friends online.
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