This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Capcom has announced an all-new game in the Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter Rise, for the Nintendo Switch.
The first since 2017's Monster Hunter XX (Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate), which launched on 3DS and Switch, Monster Hunter is back, where you can bring your console together to play.
This game features the addition of ‘Otomogaruk’, which can be ridden and moved at high speed, ‘Kakerimushi’, that can be hooked in the air, and the new ‘Wall-Running’ action, which allows you to run around the rugged terrain at will.
The Kakerimushi fly in the direction you tell them to go, and they pull the hunter in with what's known as the Tetchushi. In other words, it's like a grappling hook that can be pulled up into the air and accelerated without a place to hook it. There is also a scene in the trailer where the hunter flies from cliff to cliff by having the Kakerimushi fly into the empty air and pull it out.
The Kakerimushi can be used for attacking as well as moving, and new actions can be combined with each weapon. They can be used to hook on to a monster's legs, jump up and take it over its head, or approach it at high speed yourself.
The Otomogaruk is a mountable Otomo. It can move at high speeds and doesn't consume stamina like the hunter himself does when he runs. In the video, you can see a hunter running up a vertical wall while riding on an Otomogaruk.
This time, the base is the Japanese style 'Kamra's Village'. The new monsters include this title's signature monster, the ‘Grudge Tiger Dragon Magaimagado’, as well as the ‘Kamaitachi Dragon Osaizuchi’, which also has a Japanese style worldview. In true Monster Hunter fashion, fields and popular monsters from previous titles will also appear.
Monster Hunter Rise will be released on March 26, 2021. Nintendo seems to be putting a lot of effort into this software, and amiibo of Otomogaruk, Otomo Airou, and Magaimagado will be released on the same day.
The Monster Hunter series first appeared on the PlayStation 2, but the reason it became a social phenomenon is because of the PSP's Monster Hunter Portable series, in which even people who don't normally play games would buy a console and play it with others.
The series once accounted for a high percentage of domestic sales and was a marginal player in the global market, but through games such as Monster Hunter Generations (X) for the 3DS, it has steadily become one of the most popular games in North America, where there is a large population of gamers, and Monster Hunter: World for PC, Xbox One and PS4 was a huge success, selling a record 16 million copies worldwide, the most in Capcom's history.
In terms of the world situation, it's a headwind for local communication play while frothing at the mouth in person, but hopefully, it will improve a bit in 2021 when Rise is released. (Of course, it will support Internet communication play. Just in case.)
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.