Monster Hunter: World fast facts
- Genre: Action/RPG
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
- Release date: 26/1/2018
- Players: Four-player online co-op
- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
The Monster Hunter series has had a long and successful run in Japan, and to a lesser degree in the West. It's been over ten years since we've seen a Monster Hunter game on anything other than a Nintendo console, thanks to Ninty's immense popularity in Japan.
While the Nintendo Switch has been selling like hotcakes since its launch in Japan, the PS4 has performed admirably in the four years since its release.
So Capcom finally decided to bring the creature-culling phenomenon back to competing consoles and PC for a modernised take on the franchise with Monster Hunter: World.
The latest entry tasks a new generation of hunters with pursuing, finding, and cataloguing new monsters in a continent known only as the "the New World".
Monster Hunter World releases 26 January 2018 in Australia. Until then, here's everything you know to know about the monster-slaying multiplayer game.
Check out our working review of Monster Hunter: World.
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Monster Hunter: World features all the action-RPG elements the series is known for, like inventory management, crafting and upgrading weapon and armour by taking down larger and larger monsters as the game progresses. Your furry Palico pals also return to assist you in the hunt.
Instead of the typical grind-based levelling found in most RPGs, the Monster Hunter series tasks the player with upgrading each weapon type and armour set using resources gathered on hunts to progress and Monster Hunter World doesn't break tradition. With that said, there's a slew of new and exciting features in the New World.
This new piece of kit resembles a wrist-worn crossbow and is standard issue for the New World Research Commission (the party the protagonist joins at the start of the game). The Slinger is a handy utility and hunter's best friend.
The Slinger can be loaded with a variety of ammo, like stones for distraction, knives for a surprise attack, ropes for traversal, capture nets for obvious reasons and more. The Slinger can also fire off ammo that buffs allies, and ammo that debuffs or stuns enemies.
As a grappling hook, the Slinger can be used to climb hard to reach places and swing across caverns and ravines. In some instances, the Slinger can also be used to interact with the environment in unique ways, like collapsing precarious rock formations.
Monster Hunter: World also brings with it a new set of "mantles". These cloak-style armour pieces offer various buffs and give the player new never-seen-before abilities. Here are a few examples of mantles and their effects:
Throughout Monster Hunter's history, the map has been split into "zones", or segments of the map where particular monsters and resources can be found. In previous games, zones were walled off with a loading screen which was both a blessing and a curse – a blessing because running to another zone made for an easy escape in a sticky situation, and a curse because staring at a loading screen over and over again is nobody's idea of fun.
Monster Hunter: World still features zones, but this time around they are totally seamless, allowing the player to roam an entire area without hitting a loading screen. This freedom presented a new problem for the developers who removed sectioned-off zones, taking away the player's chance to recoup some health and manage their resources. Capcom made some gameplay tweaks, like allowing players to consume potions on the move to make up for open zones.
Areas also feature dynamic weather systems that can affect monster behaviour and interactive parts of the environments that both players and creatures can use to create obstacles, new pathways and more.
Monster Hunter: World features all 14 weapon types from previous entries:
Yes. Monster Hunter: World has a huge focus on playing with friends online. In fact, it's highly recommended you play with a team coming toe-to-talon with some of the New World's larger beasties. Teaming up with friends actually yields extra-special rewards when taking on the game's difficult Apex monsters.
When you begin a mission in Monster Hunter: World, you either "post a job", allowing up to three more players to join your hunt, or join an existing job. Pals can join in on the hunt even after you've begun. So long as they enter the mission within the first ten minutes, your party will still reap the same rewards. You can also call in support from another online player by launching an SOS flare if you're having a tricky time taking on a particular quest.
As is par for the course with modern MMORPGs, Monster Hunter World features Squads (similar to clans) and will allow players in different regions to go on quests together. Another commonplace MMORPG feature making its way to Monster Hunter World is greetings and commands. Players can access a wheel of greetings (hello, thank you etc) and commands (attack, defend, follow etc) to help communicate with the party. There's also a party chat function (with an on-screen keyboard accessible via the touchpad on PS4 and on Xbox One using a chatpad).
Monster Hunter World has a very reasonable install size on consoles considering the breadth of the game.
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A: Yes. Though, in January of 2018 Monster Hunter: World's PC release was pushed way back to late 2018 (Fall in the US).
It's less a matter of "if" and more a matter of when. Capcom has never shied away from putting its games on Steam but the recent PC delay could have something to do with why Monster Hunter: World is still not available via the digital platform.
Don't count on it. Monster Hunter's community managers confirmed an interview with YouTuber Arrekz that Monster Hunter: World would not feature cross-play. While Xbox has long open to the idea of cross-platform play, its Sony competitors aren't so enthusiastic about the idea.
Q: Will Monster Hunter: World be online only?
No. Monster Hunter World's campaign is playable as an offline, single-player experience. However, a huge part of the fun in Monster Hunter: World is playing with up to three friends. If you have access to the Internet, hunt down a friend with a copy.
No. While Monster Hunter: World can be played as an offline single-player experience in its entirety, you're going to need an Internet connection to play with friends. There's also split-screen local co-op.
Yes. If you're planning on playing with friends, you're going to need a subscription to your respective online service.
A: Yes, and by all accounts, it will be totally free. The Monster Hunter series has a positive track record of adding support long after the game's release. In fact, a new post-release monster, the Deviljho, has already been announced.
A: Yes. The story of Monster Hunter: World follows a new member (the protagonist) of the Research Commission's Fifth Fleet on an expedition to the New World in search of Elder Dragons (ancient beasts that shaped the land).
A: While it's not totally out of the question, Capcom has stated that they're focused on bringing the best version of the game to its planned consoles. A lesser port could mar the game's reputation at launch. In an interview with Eurogamer, Capcom suggested that nothing was planned but that they would think about how to adapt Monster Hunter: World for the Switch in the future.
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