Capcom unleashes 'Monster Hunter: World'

Capcom unleashes 'Monster Hunter: World' CAPCOM

It's time to get your adventuring packs packed as Capcom releases Monster Hunter: World on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

In Monster Hunter: World, players follow the journey of the elder dragons as they begin their once-per-decade migration across the sea to a land known as the New World.  It's an event the locals call the Elder Crossing.  As part of the Guild’s Research Commission, players embark on a grand journey to this massive, mysterious land and uncover the secrets behind this Crossing.  As hunters set out on their quests, the Commission’s sights are set on Zorah Magdaros, a colossal elder dragon that rises from the earth like a volcano.

At the heart of this game is the kind of skill-based progression and crafting systems for which the series has become known.  Players can take on quests to slay increasingly more challenging and dangerous monsters order to earn materials that can be used to craft stronger weapons and armor that feature unique abilities based on their fallen foes.  Furthermore, the landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role during the hunt as players can strategically use the surrounding environment and wildlife to their advantage.  Hunters can now move freely across map areas and use their cunning to draw a monster into a tangle of vines and unleash a flurry of attacks while it’s vulnerable, or lure it into a more fearsome creature’s domain to encourage a territorial face-off that yields massive damage to the target.

Post launch, Monster Hunter: World will continue to support the community with a wealth of free post-launch content that includes the PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration event quests in which players can earn special materials that can be forged into unique themed equipment.  Hunters can also see their Palico companions look like a machine from the Horizon Zero Dawn game through quests available starting today through Feb. 8.  The young machine hunter Aloy also comes to life in Monster Hunter: World with her bow and full armor set through quests available from Feb. 28 through Mar. 5.

In addition to special event quests, Capcom says the first major title content update will be available in Spring 2018.  The update will reportedly add the fan-favorite Deviljho monster, along with other features and content.

A PC version of Monster Hunter: World will follow this console release of the game and is expected out this Autumn.

This game is rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB.

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