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Capcom has released a demo for the highly anticipated Monster Hunter Rise for the Nintendo Switch. The demo will be available on January 7 and will be good until the end of the month. The demo has both solo quests and multiplayer hunts, and players will have 30 attempts total to complete both.

The Monster Hunter Rise demo features a training module that will give players a chance to try out the wirebug, for quick zip-lining and climbing, and palamute riding. There’s even a chance to ride a wyvern, giving players a look at the new mechanics before the full game releases in March.

Wyverns can be ridden for traversal, to attack other months, or even to ride it into exhaustion for an easy take down. Regardless of how you choose to ride, the new technique looks incredibly fun.

riding a wyvern in Monster Hunter Rise

The monsters available to hunt in the Monster Hunter Rise demo include the Great Izuchi, which is for beginners and players looking to sharpen their skills, and the Mizutsune, which is a far greater challenge and might require the help of up to four hunters.

The 30 quest limit does not count toward the tutorial and the wyvern riding, so players can use their 30 hunts on monsters that matter. But, if you reach the 30 hunt limit, you cannot go back to train and ride the wyverns, so plan accordingly.

The Goss Harag looks fun in Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom also dropped a new trailer for the game, seen below, that shows off some of the new features in Monster Hunter Rise, as well as a taste of the monsters available to hunt and carve up in the game. The newest monster to be revealed is the Goss Harag, an icy beast that looks incredibly formidable in the snowy tundra.

With the Monster Hunter movie currently in theaters and two new Monster Hunter games on the horizon, hunters will have plenty to do this year, and we can’t wait.

Monster Hunter Rise will be released on March 26, 2021, for the Nintendo Switch. The Monster Hunter Rise demo is available now. Also, look out for some cross-game featured coming later this summer when Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin releases on the Switch.

All images courtesy of Capcom.

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