Just recently, two new Monster Hunter games were announced in today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase: Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. I just had the Partner Showcase on not really expecting any big titles to be announced. I only had it on just as background noise while I was thinking of my next post. Then the showcase started and the first title that was revealed was Monster Hunter Rise followed up with Monster Hunter Stories 2.
My first thoughts upon seeing the trailer for Monster Hunter Rise was that it looked alright. It's not as visually stunning as Monster Hunter World, but it looked okay for a Monster Hunter game for the Nintendo Switch. There is a new dog partner that is called a Palamute. You can ride on the dog and can assist in offensive attacks. In previous games, hunters had a cat partner called a Palico, which assisted in healing your character. So now, you will have two partners to hunt monsters with. I honestly need to see more game play of this game to consider purchasing. The trailer and the Monster Hunter Direct (which aired after the Nintendo Direct) showed only a little bit of game play and it was not enough for me to want to buy the game. There is this thing called a wire bug, which is a bug that allows you to climb and swing to areas that wouldn't have been possible. You can even use these wire bugs for to perform combo attack moves when fighting a monster. From how the presentation sounded these bugs only last after they're used and you will need to keep restocking on these bugs.
Right now, Monster Hunter Rise is available for preorder digitally on Nintendo's E-Shop and there are 2 different editions to choose from.
The Standard Edition – The game by itself and nothing else ($59.99)
The Deluxe Edition – Includes the game and all of the DLC ($69.99):
Hunter layered armor "Kamurai" set
Palamute layered armor piece "Shuriken Collar"
Palico layered armor piece "Fish Collar"
Gestures (4 jumps)
Samurai pose set
Kabuki face paint
"Izuchi tail" hair style
There is also the Collector's Edition that will be available for preorder for physical release only. Includes the game, the DLC from the Deluxe edition, Magnamalo Amiibo, and a sticker pack and enamel pin.
When you preorder, you will receive a preorder bonus that includes cosmetic layered armor (Palamute Retriever costume and Palico Forest Cat costume) and a Novice Talisman for extra assistance in the early stages of the game.
There is even Amiibo support for Monster Hunter Rise. The Amiibo figures that will release with the game are Palamute, Magnamalo, and Palico. Each of them will unlock special layered armor if used in the game. I think the Amiibo can also help win daily lottery prizes in the game as well.
Lastly, the presentation announced Monster Hunter Rise will have some compatibility features with Monster Hunter Stories 2. Details are still unknown on what these features are. So more info on that will be coming in a future update.
Monster Hunter Rises will release on March 26, 2021.
When it came down to Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin I did not think much of it. There was no game play shown at all and the presentation itself was too bright to see leaving me confused as to what was going on.