Yesterday at E3, Capcom gave a huge surprise to Monster hunter fans across the world by showcasing the newest installment to the series: Monster Hunter World.
In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter is an action packed RPG game where players use medieval weapons such as swords and crossbows to hunt gigantic monsters. The series first took a start in 2004 when the original Monster Hunter was released in the PS2 and was well received by gamers and critics alike. Capcom believes that Monster Hunter World is culmination of 13 years of slaying monsters with great improvements in graphics and physics.
This game may as well be the biggest update to the Monster Hunter franchise. Gone are the days when players would have to wait on loading screens as they would travel between segmented areas of the map. The world is now one seamless area, which Capcom defines as a ‘living ecosystem’. Players would now have to track monsters from their footsteps and other clues left behind. In the showcase demo, a monster called the Anjanath left sticky trails of mucus on trees to mark its territory. Glowing scout flies can be used to locate the possible locations of monsters, which will help new players to quickly familiarize themselves with the gameplay.
During the conference, Capcom gave details about the new multiplayer system, where players can embark on solo missions and call for aid using flares if they think the objective is too difficult. Up to four players can hunt together in a mission, both in online and local multiplayer. This approach to the multiplayer system is quite different from the previous games, as players would had to first gather in a lobby and decide a mission before embarking on it
All 14 weapon types will be available in the game, ranging from hand to hand combat weapons such as swords and axes to projectile shooting bows. A number of new items are now introduced, which will allow players to adopt smarter tactics to take out their prey. The ghillie suit, for example, will allow players to sneak by monsters, unnoticed. This will make placing traps much more easier. Such changes add a fresh layer of depth to the series.
Monster Hunter World will be released for the PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC in early 2018!