Monster Hunter World will be released on January 26 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to developer Capcom. The publisher will also roll the game out to the PC, for which there is no timeline given yet.
About Monster Hunter World
A new trailer for the game was released at Sony’s Pre-Tokyo Game Show 2017. Monster Hunter World does look new with unique creatures and environments, including Pukei-Pukei and Nergigante, other than the Coral Highlands stage and Astera, the base for all Research commission operations.
According to Capcom, Monster Hunter World will be compatible with the new seamless co-op system which allows players to exit or be in the game wherever they want to. The game will also offer cross-region play between the West and Japan. The game also includes the day and night cycle feature, which will reflect on the nature of each Monster.
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In the game, a player (as a hunter) will be able to hunt monsters in various locations and procure materials to create stronger weapons and armors that can be used to hunt even more dangerous monsters.
“In Monster Hunter: World, the latest installment in the series, you can enjoy the ultimate hunting experience, using everything at your disposal to hunt monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement,” the publisher said.
It must be noted that Monster Hunter Generations’ Hunter Style and Hunter Arts will not make a comeback in Monster Hunter World, notes Express.
Special edition for the game
Capcom also talked about the Digital Deluxe Edition and Physical Collector’s Edition for North America. The Digital Deluxe version will come with a price tag of $69.99, and will include the digital game, customizable options like a Samurai Set skin, two sticker sets, three gestures, and an extra face paint and hairstyle option for the hunter. The Collector’s Edition priced at $149.99 includes a 32-page hardcover art book, high-quality flagship monster statue, and digital soundtrack code.
The Deluxe version for the PlayStation 4 will also include 14 Weapon-themed PSN avatars. The Digital Deluxe edition will be available for purchase starting on January 26. The PlayStation 4 Liolaeus Edition bundle will have Rathalos on the front. This character has been in the series since the first Monster Hunter was released on the PlayStation 2. The Liolaeus edition will come with a matching controller and will go on sale starting on December 7 for 49,980 yen (~$447), notes Siliconera.
The Monster Hunter series is immensely popular in Japan and Asia as it can be played on handheld consoles. In the West, the game has more of a cult following, and this could be why the makers are releasing Monster Hunter World. Capcom aims to expand its audience in Europe and the United States by offering a more connected and action-focused experience for the PS4 and Xbox One.
According to Capcom, the game boasts over 40 million users worldwide, thanks largely to its ability to play single player or “other players co-operatively.”