Announced this morning at Sony’s E3 Press Conference, Monster Hunter: World looks to shake up Capcom’s immensely successful series that has been resigned to handhelds in recent memory. In comparison to its 3DS cousin, Monster Hunter Generations, the series last release in the West, the new game appears to be a real graphical step up for the franchise. The new title is particularly innovative in the 13-year-old series, boasting a new open world and much more modern drop-in co-operative play.
Part of what made the Monster Hunter series such a phenomenon in Japan is that while the series began on the PlayStation 2, it wasn’t until the series came to handhelds that it picked up some real traction. The portability and ad hoc multiplayer along with the popularity of handheld consoles in Japan made the titles attractive to both young and old. Monster Hunter: World returning to the big screen and offering a more modern drop in, drop out multiplayer feels a lot like a ploy to capture the attention of Western gamers.
Check out the new trailer below.
Monster Hunter: World will release in early 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version has been promised for a later date.