Monster Hunter is finally coming to current gen consoles with Monster Hunter World. Both PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will launch in 2018. A PC release will happen at a later date.
Monster Hunter World will not only see major graphical improvements, but new mechanics. There will now be grappling hooks that can be used during battle. From the trailer it seemed that the hook could be used defensively and to set up attacks. Right now it is unclear whether the grappling hook is only usable on certain areas or everywhere. Check it out for yourself in the announcement trailer.
Capcom’s press release states that many of the series staple mechanics will return, but there will be some major changes. Skill progression, crafting, cooking, and collecting loot from enemies will all be making a return as mechanics. Large changes come from the online between western and Japanese players.
“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.”
As seen in the trailer, the environment will be seeing a number of changes from past titles. This includes hazards and a more detailed world.
“Monster Hunter: World delivers 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 abilities to track and maneuver their targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.”
More news on Monster Hunter World will come from Capcom through their Twitch channel this Thursday on June 15th at 12:30pm PDT.