It looks like Capcom's starting to round off updating Monster Hunter: World, after over two years of steady updates. Today, Developer Diary: The Final Stand aired from the dev team at Capcom, featuring a big celebration of the past two years, and one big new monster.
First, the new monster. Known as the Fatalis, more experienced monster hunters tell me it's the return of a powerful beast from past entries in the Monster Hunter series. It's going to be introduced to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne on consoles on October 1, and we'll be fighting the beast in a huge castle with turrets and cannons.
Elsewhere in the Developer Diary, there was the reveal of the roadmap for the rest of 2020, seen just below (thanks, Arekkz). The standouts are the Iceborne Anniversary Event in September, and then the Fright Fest in October alongside an Arch Tempered Velkhana, the former of which will add new weapons and outfits for you and the Handler.
At the very end of the Developer Diary, which you can see in full, untranslated Japanese just below, there was a touching celebration of player involvement since the original game launched in January 2018. It's been one hell of a journey, and Monster Hunter: World has been a landmark game in every sense of the word - marking the debut of the franchise on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, while securing a spot as Capcom's best-selling game to date with over 16 million units shipped. Taking this section and the title of the Developer Diary into account, it's not unreasonable to expect this to be the final major update for Monster Hunter: World.
The support for Monster Hunter: World has been nothing short of amazing, but it was always going to end at some point. No one's really sure what to expect from Capcom's franchise going forward. One popular line of thinking on the Monster Hunter subreddit is that a potential sequel could be revealed at the Tokyo Games Show later this year. It's little more than a hope for now, though.