The first major update for Monster Hunter Rise will arrive tonight, bringing a whole host of new content for players of the Nintendo Switch exclusive to enjoy. There’s new monsters, new gear and layered armour, as well as an unlocked hunter rank cap, meaning you can keep on grinding away to your heart’s content.
Version 2.0 will be available for all players on Switch later today. It brings with it the previously announced Chameleos to hunt, as well as heralding the arrival of two more Elder Dragons: Kushala Daora and Teostra. There will also be the Apex Diablos and Apex Rathalos added to the roster for those looking for a challenge. The update will also make it so that you can challenge these Apex monsters outside of Rampage quests.
Alongside this there will be new event quests for you to follow, and they are such that you can play them offline whenever you like once they’ve been downloaded.
Layered armour is being introduced as a new craftable item, and there’s also some new paid cosmetics for styling hunters to plonk some cash down for with new voice options, sticker sets, gestures, layered armour for buddies and more.
Grinding away at this new content, the max hunter rank cap has been lifted, so players can keep playing at the old and new content and make progress while waiting for a 3.0 update that is due before the end of May. That new update will bring with it another selection of new monsters, but will also introduce a new ending to the game, finishing off the story that was started in the base game.
Monster Hunter Rise is one of the first near-essential games of the year and, in our Monster Hunter Rise review, we scored this latest entry in the series a whopping 9/10:
Monster Hunter Rise is an incredible game. While it may not feel quite as ground-breaking for the series as World did, it boasts a stronger and distinctly Japanese identity, and the changes and streamlined gameplay simply focus on the franchise’s true stars – the monsters. Rise is easily one of the best games for the Nintendo Switch, and one of the finest Monster Hunters ever.
Source: press release
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