Capcom has announced a new entry in the Monster Hunter series, and it might not be what fans were expecting. During Sony’s E3 press conference, Monster Hunter World was revealed as a surprise announcement, confirming rumours leading up to the event that the next entry in the franchise would be landing on PlayStation 4.
The trailer shown during Sony’s conference focused on single player elements and featured new gameplay mechanics such as a grappling-hook like item and destructive environments. Features such as vertical combat, introduced in Monster Hunter 4, and swimming, last seen in Monster Hunter 3, were also highlighted. Capcom provided more information about the title and how it differs from previous entries in a press release following the event:
Monster Hunter: World delivers a seamless gameplay experience allowing players to move freely across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems and dynamically transition from day to night. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role in each quest as players strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation and wildlife to their advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to track and maneuver their targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.
Capcom also provided details about the online multiplayer experience, a favourite amongst series fans. Instead of being limited to joining other players in lobbies before embarking on a quest, Monster Hunter World will now allow drop-in drop-out multiplayer.
Monster Hunter World hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2018. In the meantime, watch the reveal trailer below.
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