Monster Hunter Stories 2 Dated, Second Monster Hunter Rise Demo Announced
Capcom held a new Monster Hunter-focused digital event, during which it announced a release date for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and provided more details for Monster Hunter Rise. Monster Hunter Stories 2 will release digitally and physically on July 9, 2021, for Nintendo Switch, with a Steam PC release also revealed, launching on that same day.
Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a follow-up to Nintendo 3DS title Monster Hunter Stories, a spin-off to the main series where players control a Rider, someone who partners up with and raises monsters. A Deluxe Edition will include armor sets, outfits, and a hairstyle on both platforms, while new Ena, Razewing Ratha, and Tsukino amiibo figures will unlock armor and daily bonuses on Nintendo Switch. Preorders will include the Kamura maiden outfit for Ena, and a save-link bonus with Monster Hunter Rise will grant the Kamura Garb layered armor.
Monster Hunter Rise will receive a new limited-time demo on March 12, 2021, ahead of the full game’s release for Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021. The new demo will include a higher-difficulty hunt against the flagship monster Magnamalo alongside the four quests available in the previous demo. Those who played the previous demo will have their quest counters reset in order to let them be played again.
The presentation also featured a look at some new gameplay features in Monster Hunter Rise. The new Rampage quest type will see players working with Kamura Village’s inhabitants to prepare defences for waves of attacking monsters. The game will introduce new Switch Skills for each of the fourteen weapon types that let players create new combos and playstyles. It will also add dynamic multiplayer difficulty, which will automatically adjust as players join or leave a hunt. Players will be able to create tags for online hunt objectives and playstyles and like other hunters they encounter to increase the chance of being matched again. There will be a camera mode, while a new trailer also offers a glimpse of post-launch updates with the appearance of Elder Dragon Chameleos.