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The time has finally come for the best Monster Hunter game to return home to the platform that started it all back in 2004. Monster Hunter: World was announced during Sony’s E3 media briefing. The game is set to have the first worldwide launch in the series on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2018. A PC release is mentioned to follow at a later date.
When Jorge and I were watching the Sony Playstation media briefing from the comfort of our couches earlier this morning we couldn’t fathom what was happening on our screen when we first saw the trailer for Monster Hunter: World. At first we couldn’t dare to believe it. I kept telling Jorge; “It bloody looks like Monster Hunter, but isn’t that like Nintendo exclusive?” the game looked familiar and I started doubting myself. Once we saw the monsters it couldn’t be any clearer. This is Monster Hunter and it is coming home to our beloved Playstation consoles. Still, there was this feeling of doubt. I think we were afraid to be too happy and later be disappointed. Finally, the words Capcom appeared on our screen. Followed by the Monster Hunter logo. It is easy to say that I went to my bed a happy man.
Monster Hunter: World promises to introduce a living, breathing ecosystem in which players take on the role of a hunter that seeks and slays ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles that unfold across the vast ever-changing terrain. Hunters will venture on quests alone or with up to three hunters in a newly designed online drop-in multiplayer system which allows cross-region cooperative play between Japan and the west, uniting the player base for the first time ever. And offers me and Jorge the chance to finally play the game together at the same time.
Monster Hunter: World will also be the first game in the long running series with a worldwide simultaneous launch window and is planned for release on PlayStation 4 and even Xbox One in early 2018, with a PC release to follow at a later date -Unfortunately it is unknown if this will be a just a port or a legit PC version.
The new entry will Retain the series’ skill based progression and robust crafting system, Hunters will gear up to venture on quests to seek and slay monsters, progressively improving their skills to become the ultimate hunter. As usual loot collected from fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armour upgrades styled after the monsters they’ve slain, allowing hunters to survive the elements and defeat the tougher opponents that await them.
The game will deliver a seamless gameplay experience allowing players to move freely across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems and dynamically transition from day to night. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role in each quest as players strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation and wildlife to their advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present. Hunters must use their cunning and skill to track and manoeuvre their targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.
With flexible online multiplayer options and an accessible quest structure, players can tackle challenges alone or join up to three other hunters online for cooperative play. For the first time in the Monster Hunter™ series, players from Japan and the west can play together online, providing an expanded base of cooperative hunting companions. With the new online drop-in functionality, solo players can hail for assistance from the worldwide group during quests when their opponents are too daunting to take on single-handedly.
Those lucky enough to attend E3 are invited to check out extended live gameplay presentations of the game at both the Capcom booth in South Hall #2023 and the Sony booth in West Hall #4322. The two booths will offer separate but complementary showcases of the adventures that await players. Also for PlayStation fans, there will be special Monster Hunter: World game content that is unique for PlayStation 4 players. More details will be shared soon.
Monster Hunter: World will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2018. A PC release is mentioned to follow at a later date.