Announced earlier today at Nintendo’s pre-TGS conference, Capcom has released the first footage from upcoming sure-to-sell-millions action RPG, Monster Hunter 4. Unlike previous MH announcement trailers, this “concept video” focuses more on new gameplay elements which will hopefully be making their way into the finished product instead of a 90-second teaser centered around the game’s updated bestiary.
Featuring the iconic Rathalos and Tigrex, the footage shows a rookie hunter (as suggested by the equipment he’s carrying) fleeing from the latter. What’s interesting is how Capcom has implemented a new platforming focus, the hunter clumsily bounding from one pillar to another as the Tigrex smashes down each one in rapid succession, also highlighting destructible environments. Wall-climbing combat is also featured as well as mounted combat, hunters being able to grab onto the bigger enemies, even when airborne.
It’s a Shadow of the Colossus-flavoured twist to the existing addictive gameplay formula, and one that looks just diverse enough to set Monster Hunter 4 from its predecessors.