Today, CAPCOM held a Monster Hunter Digital Event that covered both Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and Monster Hunter Rise, both for the Nintendo Switch. It was a wonderful 30-minute presentation that gave us details about both games, and although most of the time went to Rise, Stories 2 received a release date and some fun, new information.
CAPCOM even outlined the latest Monster Hunter Digital Event, and there are plenty of videos to entertain and hype you up for both upcoming releases.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
The first game we got a glimpse of was Monster Hunter Stories: Wings of Ruin, and we learned a decent amount in the short time they spent on the game. Not only did we get an official release date for the game, but we also learned a little about the co-op mode, amiibo for the game, pre-order goodies, and some cross-capabilities with Monster Hunter Rise.
Highlights from the Event:
- Embark on a thrilling journey alongside Ena, Kayna, Alwin, and Navirou in an original story that will tug at the heartstrings.
- Take on all-new Co-op Multiplayer quests.
- Deluxe Edition contains the base game plus special outfits and armor for your avatar and other in-game characters and a cute sticker set.
- Pre-Order Bonus: Get the Kamura Maiden outfit for Ena.
- 3 new amiibo for Stories 2 that will unlock armor parts among other things. These amiibo include Ena (A main character), Razewing Ratha (The Rathalos baby that becomes your Monstie), and Tsukino (A young hunter’s Palico).
- Release date July 9, 2021.
- If you have a save file from Monster Hunter Rise, you will receive the Kamura Garb in Stories 2 for your character.
Monster Hunter Rise New Info
Finally, we got a large update on Monster Hunter Rise that will be launching on the Nintendo Switch at the end of this month. During the presentation, CAPCOM showed off a lot of the abilities and monsters to excite the fans even more.
Highlights from the Event:
- Get hyped to take out the monsters that are causing damage to your village as they are going into a frenzy. Learn the secrets of why they have gotten this way.
- The Wirebug, your grappling hook of sorts, got a big highlight, and CAPCOM showed off how this little bugger helps you to traverse and get around monsters more easily.
- Full game will have more Silkbind Attacks that were not in the demo, so look forward to more of those!
- Wyvern Riding allows you to bind monsters and even control them. Get ready to jump on a deadly monster’s back and begin riding it!
- A highlight on the new dog buddy, the Palamute.
- The Shrine Ruins, Flooded Forest, Frost Islands, Sandy Plains, and Lava Caverns are all different locales that were focused on during the presentation, and each of them are unique and offer their own sets of challenges and rewards to the player.
- Monsters shown off during the presentation included: Almudron, Rakna-Kadaki, Goss Harag, Bishaten, Somnacanth, Tetranadon, Aknosom, Great Izuchi, and Monster Hunter Rise‘s flagship monster, Magnamalo.
- Many returning monsters have already been confirmed, such as: Rajang, Khezu, Rathalos, Nargacuga, and Zinogre
- The Rampage: This is a new horde-like mode where you protect the village from incoming monsters. You need to use stronghold equipment to keep the monsters at bay and protect the village at all costs. The Rampage concludes when the village has taken too much damage or the final threat has been eliminated.
- Quests will adapt on the fly as more people join mulitplayer lobbies, so a single-player experience will be less intense than a four-player experience.
- The camera feature allows you to take pictures during the hunt, a nice addition to the Monster Hunter series. Pictures can be viewed in both the photo library on the Switch or in the in-game album.
- If you have Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin data on your Switch, you will unlock the default rider armor as layered armor in Monster Hunter Rise.
- There will be a variety of DLC, both free and paid, upon release date for cosmetic items.
- The limited time demo is returning on March 11th. This time, CAPCOM has included an extra difficult challenge with a battle against the flagship monster, Magnamalo. The new demo time will carry over data from the January demo, but your tries will be reset to 30 so play away!
- Chameleos, the new camouflaging monster, will be available in a free title update in April.
If you want to watch the full presentation, you can watch it here:
Announcement from CAPCOM PR
During today’s Monster Hunter Digital Event, members of the development team for Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin shared new information, trailers and gameplay looks for these upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. Monster Hunter Series Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and Monster Hunter Rise Director Yasunori Ichinose provided an in-depth look at the game’s new Rampage quest type, game feature details, and confirmation of a second demo releasing on March 11 ahead of the game’s March 26 release. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin teased cooperative multiplayer quests coming in the game, revealed the deluxe edition contents and preorder bonus, and confirmed its July 9, 2021 release date. It will be available as a physical and digital release on Nintendo Switch, and digital-only version on Steam.
Players received a detailed look at the new Rampage quest type in Monster Hunter Rise. Hunters must work with the citizens of Kamura Village to prepare their defensive installations and guard the Stronghold barricades against waves of invading monsters, including any Apex monsters that may arrive during the siege.
A number of new gameplay feature details were revealed for Monster Hunter Rise today. In addition to the initial “Silkbind Attacks” available to all 14 weapon types, hunters will unlock new “Switch Skills” for each weapon as they progress through the game. By swapping out these new skills with existing Silkbind or regular attacks, players can create all new combos and strategies that match their preferred playstyle. Monster Hunter Rise will also include dynamic difficulty scaling for multiplayer, which automatically adjusts as new players enter and exit a hunt. The new “Hunter Connect” feature will allow players to create tags with their objectives and playstyle, search for other players with the same tags or invite friends to any tags they have joined. Upon completing a quest in multiplayer, players will also be able to like the other hunters in their party, and increase the likelihood of finding each other in matchmaking. Finally, players can capture their heroic accomplishments and the vibrant beauty of Monster Hunter Rise with the camera feature.
The Digital Event also revealed a new trailer recapping the numerous new monsters and environments coming in Monster Hunter Rise, and featured fan-favorite monsters Zinogre and Nargacuga. Eagle-eyed hunters could also catch a glimpse of a new threat looming over Kamura, alongside the mischievous Elder Dragon Chameleos, which will be one of multiple monsters arriving in post-launch updates following the game’s release later this month.
Players looking for more hands-on time with Monster Hunter Rise can participate in the second limited-time demo releasing on March 11. The demo will feature a higher difficulty hunt against the flagship monster Magnamalo for seasoned hunters, in addition to the four quests available in the January demo. Players who participated in the January demo will have their quest counter reset, and be able to dive back in to test their mettle against the Wyvern of Malice!
In addition to confirming the release date, a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin set the stage for the epic journey with Razewing Rathalos, announced the return of the self-proclaimed Felyne hero Navirou, and teased cooperative multiplayer quests. More information on the story and multiplayer content will be revealed at a later date.
Following the trailer, Ryozo revealed the content contained in the Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Deluxe Edition, preorder bonus, three amiibo figures releasing alongside the game, and save-data link reward for players of Monster Hunter Rise. The deluxe edition will include Razewing layered armor sets and a Nergigante-inspired hairstyle for players, the Kuan Coat outfit for your Wyverian companion Ena, two new outfits for Navirou, and two sticker sets depicting the various companions players will encounter through their journey. Players who preorder Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin on either platform will receive the Kamura maiden outfit for Ena, while players on Nintendo Switch will be able to unlock three different sets of layered armor and daily bonuses using the new Ena, Razewing Ratha and Tsukino amiibo figures. Finally, those with Monster Hunter Rise save data will be able to unlock the Kamura Garb layered armor for their character. More information on pricing and preorders will be revealed at a later date.
Thank you for stopping by Nintendo Link for all of your Monster Hunter news and updates! What did you think of the presentation today? Were you impressed by anything? Let us know in the comments below what you thought about the Monster Hunter Digital Event. Happy gaming, everyone.
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