The sixth main installment, Monster Hunter Rise, is coming soon, will allow you to mount the monsters for combat and introduces a new rideable buddy.
Announced this week, Monster Hunter Rise is the sixth main title following the hugely successful Monster Hunter World and its DLC Iceborne.
The game is set in a new location known as The Frost Islands which are covered in ice and snow with all-new monsters to hunt.
Classic monsters are also set to return, including Barioth, Tigrex and Khezu.
The game will also include online multiplayer as well as single player as was the case with Monster Hunter World.
A new approach to hunting has also been adopted in the latest Monster Hunter game with the Wirebug.
Wirebug is a traversal tool for quickly getting around, similar to a grapple, but it can also be used as a weapon.
Wall running, dashing and regaining your footing are all features of the Wirebug, but its Silkbind feature can also be used in conjunction with other weapons for unique attacks.
A demo released yesterday provided a training quest in which players can learn the Wyvern Riding skill that allows you to control monsters with Wirebug.
Monster riding is nothing new in the series but it has been greatly improved for the new title.
Not only can monsters be used for getting around, but they can also be used in combat against other monsters as an ally.
Certain Wirebug attacks are required to get the monster into a mountable state and then you can jump on and control the beast.
New support animals have also been introduced in this installment.
The cute Palicoes now have furry friends with Palimutes, dog-like creatures that will aid you while out on your quests.
Not only can Palimutes aid in combat and hunting but you will be able to ride them across the map, saving your stamina and recovering along the way.
Monster Hunter has been a hugely successful series over the past few years with Monster Hunter World becoming Capcom’s best-selling title with almost 17 million copies sold since release in 2017.
However, that was based on console sales for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the new Monster Hunter Rise is currently only planned for release on Nintendo Switch.
Monster Hunter World being console only made many fans furious and perhaps Monster Hunter Rise is Capcom’s way of making it up to Nintendo fans.
That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned up on next-gen consoles at some point in the future.
A free demo of Monter Hunter Rise is available now with the full game set for release on March 26, 2020.
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