Just hours ahead of today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, which will have a focus on Switch games from third-party developers, mumblings of a potential new Monster Hunter announcement have started to bubble away on the internet. Such a game hasn’t been officially confirmed, but if you’re keen on avoiding potential spoilers, look away now.
The supposed new game has been ‘leaked’ on Reddit, with prominent names in the industry also teasing its eventual reveal. According to the initial Reddit post, the game will be called Monster Hunter Rise and will launch on Switch in March 2021 in Japan. It’s likely that this would be the game already rumoured by a Capcom insider last month.
The post reads, “It’s going to be again heavily inspired by Japan as was Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. You have a new companion besides Palico – a dog that you can ride and he’s able to assist you too! Locations are much more open and you can climb seemingly any surface. Also you get a… fairy grappling hook (something like that, you can grapple to anything, even thin air). And yes, it is used in new combos!”
The ‘leaker’ goes on to mention that there will be new and returning monsters, as well as three new amiibo figures. No release date is known for the west.
The post has been shared to Twitter by @Nibellion, a usually trustworthy and reliable source for gaming news, and has also potentially been teased by Niko Partners Senior Analyst, Daniel Ahmad.
Obviously, until such an announcement is made officially, it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt. The suggestion is that – assuming the game is indeed the real deal – that it could be announced during today’s presentation. We’ll update you if that turns out to be true.
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