At the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom released a new Monster Hunter World trailer that gives more of an insight to players of what to expect. The first thing that I noticed is that there seems to be a more developed story line than what most players are used to. Normally, the player is tasked with hunting one specific monster and once they do, the story is over. But this time, there feels like a genuine attempt at a reaching and honest story arch that will pull players into the world and be a great introduction for new players.
From the trailer, players are also shown some of the more beautiful and expansive environments that fill Monster Hunter World. From lush gorgeous forests to hot and barren desserts, players will be tasked with stomping through these in search of their target. Not only that, but the trailer shows off the main hub city for the game called “Astaira” and it’s excellent looking. The city seems to come equipped with the standard needs and wants for hunters; a chef for food buffs, blacksmith to turn monster parts into weapons and armor, shops that sell basic supplies, and a hub where players can utilize the multiplayer aspect of the game to meet and plan where to head off to next.
The part that I was most excited for is when the massive elder dragon erupted from the ground during a cut scene, which I hope means we get to hunt this dragon. At first glance, I thought it was Gogmazios, or Greg – which is a name fans have lovingly given him, but as it turns out, it’s a new elder dragon Zorah Magdaros, which looks to have the same oily properties as Gogmazios and will more than likely be weak to ice and dragon and will require multiple siege weapons to bring him down to a respectable level for players to chip away at. The trailer goes on to show off some new monsters. The first one players can see is the Tobi-Kadachi which seems to share a fighting style to Tigrex and probably inflicts ice damage. The next is the Paolumu, an adorable fluff ball of a bat and reminds me of the Ketcha Watcha, in that it appears to constantly be on the move, but when brought down, I’m sure it’ll be open to some intense punishment. Next, we see the Pukei-Pukei, another poison spitting chameleon monster that seems to share a lineage to the Gypceros. But the big reveal is a closer look at what I assume to be the new Flagship monster, Nergigante. Nergigante seems to be a brute wyvern and resembles the Diablos and Monoablos family and looks to be ultra-aggressive and rewards patient hunters.
The trailer ends with showing clips of future cut scenes and showing off new additional monsters and guaranteeing that the fan favorite, Rathalos, is back. Overall, this is an excellent trailer that shows the diversity of the Monster Hunter games. It shows the multitude of monsters that players must hunt, it shows the city and how to use the parts gathered to better themselves, and it shows the sheer beauty and ferocity of the environments and monsters. Honestly, this is going to be my most hyped game of next year. I cannot wait to dig into this title and start hunting.
Monster Hunter World is set to release January 26, 2018 to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.