Today, Capcom revealed a brand new Monster Hunter game for the Nintendo Switch, during a special Nintendo Mini Direct Partner Showcase. Monster Hunter: Rise is launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch next year in March.
Monster Hunter: Rise looks to be returning to its Nintendo roots. This isn't a game in the same proportions as the gigantic Monster Hunter: World, but rather a more arcade-like game similar to Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. Monster Hunter: Rise launches worldwide for the Switch on March 26, 2021.
This is the second Monster Hunter game from Capcom to arrive on the Switch since Nintendo's console launched in 2017. Monster Hunter games have traditionally always launched on Nintendo's consoles, but that all changed with the release of Monster Hunter: World in 2018, which launched for PC, PS4, and Xbox One (and would go on to become Capcom's best-selling game of all time).
The first Monster Hunter game to launch on the Switch was Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. A re-release of the game that originally launched for the 3DS in 2015, Generations Ultimate might look a whole lot different to franchise newcomers who are only familiar with Monster Hunter: World.
The new Monster Hunter game for Switch follows hot on the heels of Capcom winding down updates for Monster Hunter: World. A Developer Diary called The Final Stand aired earlier this month, in which Capcom revealed a new Elder Dragon called Fatalis arriving in the game next month in October. With updates on World drawing to a close, all eyes are on Tokyo Games Show 2020 later this month, where Capcom has typically shown off new Monster Hunter games for its core Japanese audience. Could the publisher be setting up a reveal of World's successor?