It looks like Capcom is gearing up to say farewell to Monster Hunter: World. There's a "final" Developer Diary going live later this week on Friday, which has been dubbed "The Final Stand."
The full Developer Diary is actually centered around Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, as all messages from Capcom development staff have been since the expansion launched in September 2019. It certainly seems as though this will mark the final update for Iceborne, and in turn, will most probably mean the final update for Monster Hunter: World in general.
It's been an amazing run for Monster Hunter: World since the record-breaking game launched in January 2018. An immediate success at launch, World is generally seen as having rejuvenated the franchise at large, going on to become Capcom's most successful game ever with over 16 million units sold, and the first game in the series to launch on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Capcom's support for the game after launch has been nothing short of stellar. It feels like every new update has had a clear sense of purpose, whether it was the Deviljho invading other player hunts shortly after launch in 2018, or the Kulve Taroth hunt introducing Raid-like missions for the first time later on that same year.
The same can also be said of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's post-launch content. An expansion that rivalled the base game in size, Iceborne introduced an entirely new area to Monster Hunter: World, as well as a litany of new monsters and variations of existing monsters. Iceborne went on to sell 5.8 million units worldwide, an impressive feat for what is essentially DLC for the base game.
But now it seems like the near-constant updates might be at an end for Monster Hunter: World and Iceborne. Be sure to tune into Capcom's Developer Diary this Friday at 8 a.m. ET, at Twitch.tv/MonsterHunter, where you can be sure that the development team will give the game a heartfelt farewell (and hopefully a teaser for the future of the franchise). As a newcomer to the franchise I've had an absolute blast over the past two years, and hats off to Capcom for doing a fantastic job supporting Monster Hunter: World after launch.