April 18, 2024

Monster Hunter receives the Pokémon Go treatment.


Capcom and Niantic have teamed up to bring fans of the Monster Hunter series a new AR game. Monster Hunter Now is set to release in September 2023, so we don’t have long to wait before seeing all the menacing beasts in our everyday lives. The collaboration between these two gaming giants began four years ago, and since then, a ton of time and effort has gone into ensuring that Monster Hunter Now gets the star treatment. In an interview Kei Kawai, chief product officer for Niantic, says, “we worked closely with Capcom to respect the legacy of Monster Hunter while creating a great experience for new players”. For those itching to get their hands on this highly-anticipated AR action game, then be sure to sign up for the open beta, which is scheduled for April 25, 2023. But until then, there’s plenty to get excited about. 

Real-life monsters 

(Image credit: Capcom)The greatest draw of Monster Hunter Now seems to be enjoying the thrilling fights of Monster Hunter Rise in your everyday life. You can either team up with friends and strangers or play by yourself to hunt and capture monsters lurking around cities and towns. As you walk around, you’ll be able to find new monsters, depending on your biome, and either fight them where you stand or use the helpful paintball feature to drag the beasts back to your home and finish them off there. The fights themselves also look intuitive and simple yet exciting. Instead of using virtual buttons, fighting moves will be performed by a range of press, hold, and flick motions, not unlike Pokémon Go. Sakae Osumi, senior producer for Monster Hunter Now, says, “we have intentionally avoided using virtual buttons, so attacking is intuitive and engaging”. 

Bigger than pocket monsters  

(Image credit: Capcom)The obvious comparison fans can make will be between Monster Hunter Now and Pokémon Go. Not only are these two AR games based around monsters of a sort, but they are also produced by the same studio, Niantic. While it will be hard to say whether Monster Hunter Now will be able to outmatch Pokémon Go in popularity and longevity, the team behind this next installment in the long-running series does hope that Monster Hunter Now will be a long-lasting title. “I don’t want to speculate, but I strongly believe we have a hit in our hands”, Kawai says. Here’s hoping Kawai is correct and that Monster Hunter Now receives a welcoming response. Because if this is the case, then there’s no telling what we may see from this action AR game down the line. 

**Monster Hunter Now Gets the Pokémon Go Treatment**

Monster Hunter, a popular video game franchise, is now getting the Pokémon Go treatment. The new game, called Monster Hunter Now, will allow players to catch and collect monsters in real-life locations. Here are four important things to know about this exciting new game.

**1. What is Monster Hunter Now?**

Monster Hunter Now is a new mobile game that uses augmented reality technology to let players hunt, capture, and train monsters in real-life locations. The game is inspired by the popular Monster Hunter video game franchise, but with a twist – instead of fight monsters, you capture and collect them.

**2. How does it work?**

Players will use their smartphones to explore the world around them, looking for monsters to capture. Once a monster is found, players can use their phone’s camera to get a better look at it, and then capture it using special tools and items. Captured monsters can be trained and battled with other players, and more rare monsters will be found in more unusual locations.

**3. When will it be released?**

The release date for Monster Hunter Now has not been announced yet. However, fans of the game can expect it to be available on both Android and iOS devices.

**4. Will it be free to play?**

It is expected that Monster Hunter Now will be free to play, with in-app purchases and microtransactions available to enhance the gameplay experience.

Overall, Monster Hunter Now is an exciting new addition to the mobile gaming world. Fans of both the Monster Hunter and Pokémon Go franchises will be thrilled with this new twist on monster-catching gameplay. Keep an eye out for more announcements about Monster Hunter Now’s release date and gameplay features.
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