Capcom announced Monster Hunter: World at Sony‘s E3 2017. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2018, and also for PC sometime after the release for the former consoles.
According to the trailer, the newest installment of the monster hunting game will be a little bit more tactical as it is shown to have more items to trap and approach monsters.
Here’s a rundown of the game, as provided by Capcom.
The latest entry in the critically acclaimed 40 million unit selling action RPG series, 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. Venture on quests alone or with up to three other hunters in a newly designed online drop-in multiplayer system which allows cross-region cooperative play between Japan and the West, uniting the global player base for the first time ever. Monster Hunter: World will also be the first game in the series with a worldwide simultaneous launch window and is planned for release on PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One in early 2018. A PC release will follow at a later date.
Monster Hunter: World sees players gear up to venture on quests to battle against fearsome monsters, progressively improving their hunting abilities as they play. Loot collected from fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armor upgrades as players seamlessly move across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role as players strategically use the surrounding environment to their advantage. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to survive the intense and evolving fights as they battle to become the ultimate hunter!
Below is the detail of the game (thanks to Gematsu).
Maps and World
Previous Monster Hunters had segmented maps with loading in between each area. Monster Hunter: World has no map loading. While maps are segmented, everything is seamless and transition free. Zones are also gone.There is a great sense of being in a living, breathing world. There is a real-time day-and-night cycle.
Monster Hunter: World has drop-in multiplayer for the first time in the series. You can form a pre-hunt party beforehand, as you would in previous Monster Hunter titles, or you can shoot up an S.O.S. flare during a quest to call in a friend at any time. Online multiplayer with up to four players is supported, and the server is global, allowing you to play with anyone across the world. There is no offline multiplayer, but you can of course play offline on your own. As for whether there will be some sort of town for multiplayer, that is something Capcom will discuss at a later date. Voice chat and gestures are supported.
Weapons and Equipment
- The series’ 14 weapon types are in, including the Charge Blade and Insect Glaive. Tonfas are not in the game.
- There are new suit items called “Mantles.” The one showcased in the trailer, for example, lets you enter a sort-of stealth mode. Conversely, there are also Mantles that let you lure monsters towards you.
- There is a new item called the “Slinger,” which lets you hook onto certain parts of the environment to move around. You can also pick up rocks from the ground to put in the Slinger and shoot at the enemy or to create a distraction.
- More information about the Gear progression systems is coming soon.
The hunting action that is the core gameplay of the Monster Hunter series is no different in Monster Hunter: World. They are not removing anything, but rather building from the bases established by previous titles. The basic elements of Monster Hunter, such as HP, a stamina gauge, sharpness, and item selection, are all there. You can also use items while walking.
Underwater combat and Prowler Mode are not in the game. When asked about Hunter Arts, Capcom responded, “Brand new title. Brand new gameplay systems in place!”
Monsters have a variety of personalities, which you can use against them. Their A.I. has been enhanced to be more intelligent, and monsters have become more “creature-like.” They don’t have health bars, but damage numbers will appear. Their tails can still be cut.
As for small monsters, you can choose to sneak past them to avoid fighting them, or kill them to collect / loot their bodies.
Game and Technology
- Monster Hunter: World is not a spin-off. It is a mainline Monster Hunter title developed by the main development team in Japan.
- Asked about if there will be a Monster Hunter 5 or new game for Japanese audiences, Capcom said, “This is the next generation of Monster Hunter!”
- The game is powered by the MT Framework engine. It is targeting a stable 30 frames per second across all platforms.
- Felyne Palicoes are in the game.
- Fishing, mining, and capturing bugs will return from previous games.
- The hunt-carve-forge loop of previous games will return.
- As for a Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. localization, Capcom said it is 100-percent focused on Monster Hunter: World for western audiences at the moment, and has nothing to announce regarding the Switch title.
Private Demo at E3 2017
A private demo was shown off at E3 2017. It began with just one hunter, who tracked the new monster using “scout flies.” When the battle got rough, he led the monster to Rathalos Nest, which is very high up in the environment. Rathalos, angry to see the hunter and monster enter his lair, preceded to rampage. The hunter sent an S.O.S. flare out, and three other players joined the battle.
There was a lot of vertical combat, more so than Monster Hunter 4, and every hunter had a grappling hook. One of them ate a herbivore whole. The rapid fire on the Heavy Bowgun is a special ability, and the combat appeared to be traditional Monster Hunter with quality-of-life improvements. Rathalos destroyed a dam, causing an area to flood and sweeping two of the hunters out of the area.
Do keep in mind that even though they mentioned that there will be one massive global server for online multiplayer, the game does not support cross-platform multiplayer, which means those who play the game on PlayStation 4 will not be able to play together with those who are on Xbox One or PC, vice versa.
Monster Hunter: World screenshots (click to enlarge)
Here’s a look at the box cover for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Click on the respective images below to enlarge.
Monster Hunter: World will be available globally for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2018, and also for PC sometime after the release for the former consoles. Check out our other coverage on E3 2017.
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