Monster Hunter Rise is set to arrive next month, and as we creep ever closer to what is (hopefully) set to be one of the top Nintendo Switch releases of the year, Capcom have drip-fed some more information during tonight’s Nintendo Direct, with a brand new trailer showcasing a bunch of new and returning monsters that will be making an appearance all too soon, as well as some idea about the way that Monster Hunter Rise’s Rampage events will play.
First up, new Monster Rakna Kadaki is going to cause a lot of problems for people with arachnophobia, as it’s a horrendous giant spider type affair, wrapping itself, and presumably you, up in webs that will slow you down while it attempts to chow down on you (or at least send you back to camp with your Palamute’s tale between your legs). They were swiftly followed by returning monsters Basarios and Volvidon, both of whom look great in their Monster Hunter Rise guise.
The second, all-new monster we got to have a glimpse of was Almudron, a mud dragon that looked like a version of Mizutsune that you’re going to have to have a good scrub of your armour after fighting.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the trailer though is a look at the game’s Rampage feature. We’ve been told about The Rampage, a rushing host of monsters, and Magnamalo before, but here we got to see how it’s going to play out in action. It looks as though you’ll be defending the walls of town against a ridiculous number of monsters at the same time, trying to repel them before they break through. There’s the classic inclusion of various wall-based weaponry to help you on your way, and it looks as though the twins we’ve seen in previous trailers might be hunters that help you out along the way. Then again they might just be lending you a skin or armour set instead.
The trailer closes out with a look at Apex Arzuros. It might be that the apex monster leads the attack, and that you need to take them out to stop the Rampage, or perhaps it’s just another variant that we’re going to see later on in the game.
Monster Hunter Rise releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.