Jun 13th 2017

Monster Hunter World Breaks Free from Nintendo

Forget the PS Vita, Monster Hunter has skipped ahead and decided to bring the popular series to the big consoles other than Nintendo. That's right, Capcom has another new installation in their popular series called Monster Hunter World that they announced will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC early 2018. They also look to definitely be utilizing the extra power these machines have over the handheld 3DS.

 This game seems to be adding in a few different things from earlier titles, like swimming, climbing, riding monsters, and so on. A few new things seen here are swinging using a grappling hook/vines, putting on a disguise to stealth through the bushes, tying up a monster in vines, Pulling down parts of the environment to attack the monster, and firing off flares to alert others where the monster is. Other then that it seems to be business as usual, there is even a rathalos in the announcement trailer stirring up trouble as usual.

In a press release from Capcom they give a lot more information. They explain that the game will keep the regular progression system of kill monster to gain loot to craft better gear to kill harder monsters to make better gear. All while improving your own skills. However, they're also doing a lot more with the environment to make it feel more alive, including letting players interact with it and use it to their advantage (or be trapped in it if they're not careful) during fights. 

One of the bigger things that stands out is that no longer will a monster knock you from one area to another. That's because they're integrating a seamless gameplay experience which will eliminate loading screens and have you just go from area to area without having to wait. They have also added a feature that will let players from the west hunt with players from Japan. Monster Hunter has always been about cooperation, and now it will be more of a worldwide effort. Specifically, they said "solo players can hail for assistance from the worldwide group during quests when their opponents are too daunting to take on single-handedly."

Capcom has added a lot of new things with Monster Hunter World, which was rumored to be some sort of phone tie in when they filed a trademark for the name last week. What are your thoughts on the changes and what they're decided to keep the same? Have you been a long time fan of the series? If not, do you think you'll try it now that it's on the PS4 and Xbox One? Let me know what you think by tweeting me @spencerhavens.