Monster Hunter is a JRPG series that first debuted way back in 2004 on the PS2. Since then, it has spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs, most of which were for handheld consoles, like the Nintendo DS and the PSP. Most of these games saw a limited Western release, and some weren’t released outside of Japan at all. The last time Monster Hunter had a Western release on a PlayStation console was over a decade ago. Imagine my surprise, then, when we were graced with a brand-new entry in the Monster Hunter series, called Monster Hunter World, during Sony’s E3 Presentation.
Monster Hunter, developed by Japanese studio Capcom, is an action RPG that emphasizes its own unique brand of combat. The games focus on hunting, killing and trapping a wide variety of ferocious monsters. Besides the combat, the Monster Hunter games also feature a more traditional RPG progression, with levels, gear and abilities. Based on the trailer shown at E3, we can assume that some, if not all, of these components will be present in the upcoming Monster Hunter World, which is scheduled for a Q1 2018 release.
You can watch the trailer for Monster Hunter World here.