Stop what you’re doing and listen up. Monster Hunter, the Japanese super-series that made dents in the Western world with its handheld releases and third version on the Wii (and to a lesser extent, recently with the expanded Monster Hunter Ultimate on the Wii U) is coming to the West in style later this year, when Monster Hunter Online, the recently announced Monster Hunter, free to play MMO, is released worldwide on the PC.
The confirmation comes from a NeoGaf quoted press release from Crytek.
This is huge news, not only because it’s the first PC Monster Hunter game to be released outside of Japan/South Korea, but because it’s running on CryEngine 3, so it looks amazing. Despite its epic boss battle gameplay, Monster Hunter has never been a good looking game outside of the handhelds, but the latest trailer of this new version is astoundingly pretty. New lighting and vegetation effects are employed and the Monsters themselves… just take a look if you haven’t seen the trailer yet.
Now Crysis 3 gamers might be screaming that this is nothing, that the player models look like crap – and to some extent they have a point, but two things must be considered. 1: This is still by far the best looking Monster Hunter game that has ever existed and 2: This is early alpha footage; chances are its getting better from here.
One of the most noticeable changes about the game however isn’t the graphics, but the size of the environments. They’re far larger than previous games and look more open too. If we’re looking at a Monster Hunter with no loading screens, it’ll be a great day for MH fans.
There’s also new Monsters to look forward to, new weapons, a new home base and new types of combat too. The beaver like creature uses a fallen tree to knock players back and another is able to destroy part of the environment.
Oh and there’s jet skis. Yes it looks like we’ll be fighting from vehicles people. Bring on Jhen Mohran 2.0.
Monster Hunter Online goes into beta in June/July and will be released later this year.
KitGuru Says: Overall this game looks gorgeous and I am beyond excited. I have nearly 400 hours clocked up on Monster Hunter tri and some of the 45 minute fights I had, are some of my greatest gaming memories. I simply can’t wait.