Capcom unveiled its newest trailer for Monster Hunter Rise during the Game Awards 2020, showcasing two new monsters, several returning monsters, and a new area for players to explore. The trailer also gives an early look at the mysterious “Rampage” events threatening Kamura Village, the game’s primary location.
Two of the new monsters Rise will feature include the trickster Bishaten and the aquatic leviathan Somnacanth. Bishaten has a distinctive tail and a fondness for persimmons, which it stores in its stomach and hurls at its prey. Its tail has multiple attacks and a powerful spin move that will require hunters to stay on their toes. Somnacanth can expel sleep powder to temporarily stun opponents, leaving them open for attacks. The trailer also includes sightings of the scaly leviathan Royal Ludroth and the poisonous birdlike Great Wroggi. The new Flooded Forest will provide players the opportunity to explore and battle fierce monsters in this overgrown and waterlogged setting.
Kamura Village, Rise’s new setting, is a colorful village that attracts visitors with its unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. The region also includes new hunting grounds, including the Shrine Ruins. During the “Rampage” events, both residents and players will need to build up their defenses to protect the town. More information will be revealed at a later date.
A free Monster Hunter Rise demo will launch in January 2021 on the Nintendo Switch, offering players their first chance to try out the game’s new tools, including the Wirebug mechanic and Palamute companions, both of which can be used to hunt down and defeat threatening monsters. The Wirebug allows for wire-based grappling actions used to scale cliffs and other hard-to-reach areas, providing new traversal and aerial attack options. The Palamutes are personalized and rideable “Canyne” companions that will provide players with a new set of attack options. “Felyne” Palicoes return as support characters.
Monster Hunter Rise will retail for $59.99 USD, with a special $69.99 USD Deluxe Edition that includes a digital DLC pack voucher for bonus in-game content, such as a Kamurai full-layered armor set, exclusive gestures, cosmetic items, and more.