During Sony’s E3 presentation, Capcom announced Monster Hunter: World, the fourteenth game in the popular action RPG series. It’s coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 next year, and it will allow for cross-region multiplayer. They’ve released a trailer to go along with the announcement.
Monster Hunter is a series of games about big swords and even bigger monsters. IT’s built around a romanticized notion of hunting, where it’s all about getting to know your prey, getting the right equipment and enduring a 10 hour long fight. It’s kind of like The Old Man and The Sea in game form.
Monster Hunter World will allow you to hunt alone or with up to three friends. It will feature a drop-in multiplayer system, with support for cross-region play. The story will put you in the role of a member of a research expedition venturing deeper into a newly discovered land.
The features list contains pretty much everything you’d expect from a Monster Hunter game. You’ll get crafting ingredients when you defeat monsters, which you will then use to make better gear. You’ll have to keep your prey’s weaknesses when choosing your equipment. Creatures will interact with each others, so you’ll be able to make them fight among themselves. You will be able to climb bigger opponents in order to reach their weak spots. There will be a day/night cycle, and the developers promise a complete absence of loading screens.
Monster Hunter World is going to be released in early 2018 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s the first time an MH game is going to be released at the same time in Japan and in the west. A PC release is planned as well, but there’s no launch date yet. PS4 players will be getting some exclusive content, but there’s no word on what it actually is yet.