Monster Hunter Online to be released worldwide on PC

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Monster Hunter Online to be released worldwide on PC

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.

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  • Tulcaondo
    April 24, 2013
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    Hoo boy this is something MH fans in the west have been waiting for a long time… :D

  • DemonLee
    April 28, 2013
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    Yes its about time iv been waiting for many years to see a monster hunter in the usa
    hope its true and if does come out ill see you all there:)

  • Jason
    April 30, 2013
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    I will give my first born child to have this now!!!

  • PoseidonNexus
    May 1, 2013
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    Holy god. FINALLY. I have awaited for the day that Monster Hunter gets released on a platform other than a Nintendo device.

  • Phill
    May 1, 2013
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    I heard it wasn’t coming to the US… Might wanna double check that. I think it’s just rumors.

  • aldrin
    May 18, 2013
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    can i still play it even if im in the philippines??

  • Jan
    May 26, 2013
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    Can everyone for once cut that “graphics is everything” logic crap and let the gameplay decide the success of a game? I’ve played Crysis: Warhead(good) and Crysis 2(great graphics but crap load of cutscenes, boring over all), and so far these games are mediocre compared to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite which has below average graphics, but above excellent gameplay.

  • Chris
    August 21, 2013
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    They might want to update this article. MHO isn’t confirmed for the West as of yet. Crytek has already said that that press release was in essence wrong.

  • bryan
    August 22, 2013
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    MHO ph (Philippines) plsssss…. I Want to play online MH

  • gabzta
    September 5, 2013
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    Please give us some updates on this.. We are so excited to play this game.. Hope it will be release in the Philippines.. I really love this game..

  • omfg
    May 22, 2014
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    if this game, turns out to be on the same level as monster hunter tri. then this free to play game will be the best at history

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