CAPCOM and Niantic jointly announced the global release of Monster Hunter Now, an exciting augmented reality (AR) smartphone game in CAPCOM’s renowned Monster Hunter series, scheduled for iOS and Android devices on September 14.
Pre-registration is now open, and players worldwide can’t wait to dive into this immersive experience. During a captivating showcase video, the companies provided a sneak peek at the thrilling gameplay, array of weapons, and formidable monsters that await.
At launch, players will wield a diverse set of weapons, including Sword & Shield, Great Sword, Long Sword, Hammer, Light Bowgun, and Bow, each offering a unique approach to combat. The game boasts an impressive lineup of 13 monsters to confront, such as Great Jagras, Kulu-Ya-Ku, Pukei-Pukei, Barroth, Great Girros, Tobi-Kadachi, Jyuratodus, Paolumu, Anjanath, Rathian, Legiana, Rathalos, and Diablos. These fierce creatures will roam the real world, adding a thrilling layer of reality to the gaming experience.
One exciting addition is the Paintball feature, allowing players to mark monsters for future hunts, either solo or with friends. Even when players are away from the game, their trusty Palico companion can automatically Paintball passing monsters, ensuring exciting hunts for later enjoyment.
Niantic, the mastermind behind Pokémon GO and Pikmin Bloom, has once again demonstrated their innovation in blending AR with beloved franchises. While celebrating the upcoming release of Monster Hunter Now, fans can also reminisce about Niantic’s past success, like the anime adaptation inspired by their AR app, Ingress, which premiered in 2018.
CAPCOM, on the other hand, continues to soar with the Monster Hunter franchise, with their latest hit, Monster Hunter Rise. After its successful launch on Switch and PC via Steam, the game expanded to PlayStation and Xbox platforms, delighting a broader audience. In June 2022, the Sunbreak expansion for Monster Hunter Rise captivated players on Switch and PC, and just a couple of months later, it made its way to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, thrilling players with new adventures.
With Monster Hunter Now on the horizon, fans eagerly await its release, confident that it will join the ranks of Niantic’s AR successes and CAPCOM’s legendary Monster Hunter series. Get ready to embark on an unparalleled AR adventure, hunting monsters in the real world, as September 14 draws near!