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Monster Hunter Now Launches in September; Beta Test Starts April 25th

Monster Hunter Now Announcement

Capcom and Niantic have revealed Monster Hunter Nowa new mobile game that will share the same augmented reality technology as Pokémon Go and certain gameplay features of the action RPG Monster Hunter series. The real-world hunting experience launches in September worldwide for both iOS and Android.

If you’re keen to try this out, the official website is currently accepting sign-ups for the upcoming closed beta test that will start this April 25th. The lucky participants selected will be notified through their email accounts.

Players of Monster Hunter Now will be able to use their smartphones to explore the real world in search of monsters and resources. Everyone can join forces with their friends or random people to do hunts together and receive rewards for crafting more weapons and armor. I don’t know about you, but never in my wildest dreams did I see this coming. Seeing Rathalos across the street? Count me in.

Overview of Monster Hunter Now

Monster Hunter Now is a new and unprecedented Monster Hunter game that entices players to go out with their Palico and encounter incredible monsters in the real world,” said Ryozo Tsujimoto, Producer of the Monster Hunter series for CAPCOM. “Niantic’s AR technology delivers a ‘here and right now’ hunting experience, something that can be played casually, while honoring the game play and hunting action that only Monster Hunter can offer. Let’s get out into the real world and enjoy hunting!” 

Monster Hunter Now will be the ultimate experience for anyone who has dreamed of facing off against epic monsters and battling them with friends,” said John Hanke, Founder and CEO of Niantic. “Filled with fantastical creatures, engrossing hunting and opportunities for teamwork, with the best possible graphics on mobile devices, Monster Hunter Now is the perfect franchise to bring into the real world.”

Monster Hunter Now is designed for everyone to enjoy at their own pace, whether you are a long-time Monster Hunter player, someone who hasn’t played for a while, or even a newcomer to the series. You can also play when and where you want. For instance, in Monster Hunter Now, there’s an item called the Paintball. By using a Paintball on a monster that you encounter, you can bring the monster back home and hunt it alone or with someone else. And even when you’re walking around without playing the game, your companion can mark any monsters you pass by with the Paintball, so you can enjoy hunting them even after returning home.

Built on Niantic’s Lightship platform, “Monster Hunter Now” uses industry-leading location-based technology and AR that overlays the real world with fantastical and fierce creatures.  

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The hunt commences this September. Monster Hunter Now will be available to download on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Stay tuned at RPGFan for more announcements about this title from Capcom and Niantic.

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Tin Manuel

Tin Manuel

Tin is a Graphic Designer by the day & an adventurer in whatever game she is playing at night. She gets giddy talking about RPG games (specifically JRPGs), new releases, and loves almost every female protagonist. She loves animals but has a great fondness towards pugs & shibas. She’s forgetful at times but she will never forget Aerith’s death in 480p.

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