As seen above, players will be able to enter the world of Kamura Village via a limited-time demo, now available in North America for download via the Nintendo eShop, giving players a suite of missions and hunts to embark upon until February 1st 00:00 (PST). All 14 weapon types within Monster Hunter Rise will be available for players to access and try either by themselves in offline solo play or with up to three players in both offline, via handheld mode, or online co-op multiplayer. For those wanting to play online with others, a Nintendo Switch Online membership will be required, though offline local co-op can be played without it.
The demo itself will give players access to various mission types, outlined below:
- Training – Learn the basics of monster hunting, with an introduction to both the new Wirebug and Palamute ridings mechanics. This quest is solo play only.
- Wyvern Riding – Enter an arena to experience Wyvern Riding, a new feature that allows players to mount and ride monsters for a period of time. This quest is solo play only.
- Beginner Quest: Great Izuchi – Idea for first-time players or returning hunters. This quest can be played solo, in offline co-op, or online co-op.
- Intermediate Quest: Mizutsune – A challenging quest aimed at experienced players. This quest can be played solo, in offline co-op, or online co-op.
As a note of warning, the demo provides players with 30 quest attempts which are shared between the beginner and intermediate quests, locking itself after these attempts are exhausted. The training and Wyvern Riding mode do not count towards these attempts, but will not be accessible after all 30 attempts have been used.
As seen and mentioned briefly above, Wyvern Riding is a mechanic new to Monster Hunter Rise where players will be able to mount monsters, using their Wirebug as a rein. This gives hunters the ability to move the monster at will, attack with it, as well as slamming it into any convenient wall in the environment, opening up new tactical possibilities for mobility and martial prowess.
Monster Hunter: Rise is also set on bringing at least one entirely new monster into the established canon, in the form of Goss Harag. An icy behemoth, Goss Harag roams through the Frost Islands, a snow-covered landscape specific to Monster Hunter Rise, where they seek warm-blooded prey, using ice blades to attack. Alongside Goss Harag, classic and fan favourite monsters are set to return to Monster Hunter Rise with Tigrex, Mizutsune, Barioth, Great Baggi, Khezu, and Lagombi confirmed on its roster with more to be revealed in the months to come.
Monster Hunter Rise is looking to be a worthy entry within the continuing canon of the Monster Hunter series seeking to innovate where possible, and, personally, I’m excited to play it when it launches for Nintendo Switch on March 26th.
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