A new family-friendly take on the Monster hunter series is coming to 3Ds. This time it looks to be altering the forumla slightly, and we don’t just mean graphically—though it certainly looks like no other Monster Hunter title that has come before.
Considering Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate only dropped a few months ago, the speed at which Capcom releases Monster Hunter titles is nothing short of impressive. A video announcing the brand new Monster Hunter game was posted on the Capcom youtube channel on April 11. The new title—named Monster Hunter Stories, seems to be taking a less serious tone than the previous titles, opting instead to utilise the cel-shade style of graphical shading. The video opens up with a villager taking on the thankless task of poaching a wyvern egg—a task we have all dreaded at some point in time within the series. He seems to have succeeded, nabbing it and heading back home with his Palico friend in tow.
A large roar is heard and the camera pans to show us mama Tigrex, whose nest he just poached from. She’s not happy and chases him, forcing him to throw the egg to his Palico in a bout of prehistoric football. He whistles and suddenly a Rathalos monster enters the fray. Uh-oh, he’s in trouble, or is he? The villager mounts the Rathalos before guiding it around to face the disgruntled Tigrex. He unsheathes his weapons and prepares for battle before the scene cuts. Suddenly he is returning home, Tigrex egg in tow as he commands his Rathalos much like a faithful steed. This scene is interesting, depending on if it’s gameplay footage or not. It’s hard to tell, but, this video would imply that within the game players will get access to mounts at a certain point in the game.
Monster Hunter Stories seems to be advertised as a roleplaying game, possibly signalling a gameplay shift from survival hack and slash to a traditional roleplaying game paradigm. Nothing is confirmed yet other than the game, but according to Siliconera, Ryozo Tsujimoto—series producer said, “After having passed the 10th anniversary last year, this is a new challenge for the Monster Hunter series, that we’ve began designing since about five years ago. While staying true to the world of Monster Hunter, and a story that can only be told through an RPG, we’d like to pack it with fun and enjoyment that we can’t even begin to describe with words. It is still in the middle of development, we’d like to offer you a new kind of excitement that is different from the conventional series, and the development staff are working on it in full-spirit.”
Monster Hunter Stories will release sometime in 2016. The graphics look great, and the art style is so adorably colourful and extravagant. As an avid Monster Hunter fan, this is exciting news and possibly a new direction for the series. If you enjoy games similar to Monster Hunter, check back in roughly a week or follow us on Twitter for our Nation’s review of Toukiden: Kiwami.