Monster Hunter: World, the brand new entry in the historic Monster Hunter franchise, is arriving on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2018, after being revealed for the first time at Sony’s E3 2017 presentation on June 12. The Monster Hunter franchise is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for Playstation 2, released in 2004. Titles have been released across a variety of platforms including personal computer, home console, portable consoles, and mobile devices. The series is developed and published by Capcom.
Recent entries in the Monster Hunter franchise have only been available for Nintendo consoles and handheld devices, but Monster Hunter: World is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. We’ve rounded up everything we know about Monster Hunter World right here for you, including the Monster Hunter: World release date, platforms, and co-op gameplay.
Monster Hunter: World is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. As with previous games in the series, the player takes the role of a Hunter that is tasked by a group of researchers to hunt down and either kill or capture large monsters that roam outside the village for them to study. The player’s character does not have any intrinsic attributes, but instead these are determined by what equipment the character is equipped with. This includes a weapon which comes from several archetypes (such as long sword, bow, or guns), which then further defines the types of combat moves and abilities the player can use, and pieces of armor, which can lead to beneficial or detrimental combat skills if matched properly. While some basic equipment can be purchased using in-game money, most equipment is built from loot obtained by slaying or trapping monsters, rewards from completing quests, or items gathered while in the field. This creates a core loop of gameplay that has the player fight monsters they can beat to obtain the right loot to craft improved weapons and armor to allow them to face more powerful monsters and the potential for even better equipment.