With Monster Hunter Rise coming to Nintendo Switch this month on 26th March, Capcom are getting their fans all worked up with a second Monster Hunter Rise demo and the announcement of post launch updates to the full game through April and beyond.
The Monster Hunter Rise demo version 2 is a refined and expanded version of the time-limited demo from January. The demo will be available from Friday 12th March (Thursday 11th March in the US), and will require 1.8GB of space – you can just update the January demo if you still have it installed.
Playable in single player and multiplayer (via Switch Online), you’ll have all 14 weapons to choose from, as well as basic training and the new Wyvern Riding training before you get to monster hunting. There will be limited on the demo’s playability, letting you take on the quests to slay Great Izuchi, Mizutsune, or Magnamalo up to 30 times. After that point, all of the quests will become unavailable to play and you’ll just have to patiently wait for the full game.
Players of the demo will receive 20 Mega Potions, 5 Pitfall Traps, 10 Energy Drinks, 5 Mega Demondrugs and 5 Mega Armorskins in the full game – just make sure not to delete the save data from the demo!
Capcom also revealed details of the first free Title Update for Monster Hunter Rise. This is expected at the end of April and introduces Chameleos as well as a few other new monsters. There will also be unlocked HR cap and other related features. Further free updates will come through the rest of the game’s life.
Monster Hunter Rise is a Nintendo Switch exclusive, but after its announcement, fans of the popular Capcom series have been asking whether it will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One (as well as the newer PS5 and Xbox Series X|S). In short: not right now… but maybe?
It’s been confirmed that Monster Hunter Rise will be coming to PC in 2022 (after Capcom was hacked last year), and this suggests that Nintendo’s Switch exclusivity is timed. It’s common to see exclusivity deals in place, video games making the leap onto other platforms once this time period has expired. This could certainly be the case with Monster Hunter Rise – right now the PC port is slated for 2022 which could mean it arrives next February or March, twelve months after its Nintendo Switch debut. It’s a much bigger no-no to discuss rival console platforms than it is PC, so we’ll just have to watch this space for a PlayStation and Xbox confirmation.
For now, though, Monster Hunter fans with a Switch to hand will just have to make do with being able to play the game in bed, on the sofa, on the loo, and wherever else they fancy taking the hybrid console.