Monster Hunter: World is shaking things up with stealth, grappling hooks, and drop-in, drop-out multiplayer

Posted: 15 June 2017 4:45 pm News

New gameplay details promise a fresh Monster Hunter experience.

From the reveal trailer shown during Sony's E3 press conference, Monster Hunter: World looked to be sticking pretty close to the traditional Monster Hunter gameplay. Thanks to an interview from the PlayStation Live event at E3, however, we now know that the game will be shaking up the series in a number of significant ways.

First, to address one of the series' biggest frustrations, Monster Hunter: World will no longer split its maps into discrete zones separated by loading screens. Instead, the world will be a single, seamless area for you to roam around freely.

This freedom extends to the game's multiplayer. Unlike previous Monster Hunter games where co-op had to be planned out and set up ahead of time, Monster Hunter: World will feature drop-in, drop-out multiplayer, letting you call in friends even in the middle of a quest. Additionally, World will be combining Western and Eastern servers, giving players all around the world the ability to play together when the game releases on the same date worldwide for the first time in the series' history.

Weapons are a critical part of Monster Hunter, and fans will be pleased to know all 14 weapons from previous games will be making a return in World. Complementing them are new 'suit abilities' that greatly expand your tactical options in combat. One suit ability shown off in the trailer is stealth, letting you sneak up and get the drop on unsuspecting creatures. There'll also be a suit ability for luring monsters towards you, which will likely prove invaluable in setting traps and ambushes.

Finally, you'll also get your hands on a tool known as the Slinger, which will act like a grappling hook for getting around the world faster than ever before. You'll also be able to use it to fling rocks and other objects at enemies, both for distraction and as a weapon.

Monster Hunter: World will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2018.

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