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.