Capcom announced its upcoming title Monster Hunter Rise in late 2020, and this latest entry to the franchise will officially launch within a few months, specifically this March 26, 2021. Monster Hunter Rise is set in Kamura Village, where you will be given access to a new hunting ground that is home to both new and old monsters.
Given how Monster Hunter Rise is such an anticipated title, we understand that there are fans out there who just can’t wait until March to play the game. Fortunately, Capcom has previously confirmed that the upcoming action-RPG is going to have a demo for players to test out on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Now, we finally have an idea when the demo will be released. According to the official Monster Hunter Twitter account, the demo will officially be available starting January 8, 2021. However, this will only be a limited-time event, and the demo will only be available until February 1.
As for what the demo will include, Capcom has a generous amount of content available for those who want to try it out, such as a couple of training exercises and two monster hunts. As for the former, you will go through training courses that will teach you the basics of Monster Hunter Rise, such as wyvern riding, which is a brand-new mechanic that will debut in this game.
— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) January 7, 2021
As for the hunts available in the demo, you will be given the option to choose between a beginner or intermediate hunt. The easier option will have you tracking and fighting a Great Izuchi. On the other hand, the more difficult hunt will let you fight against a Mizutsune—a relatively more powerful opponent that was only revealed during the digital event.
That being said, both of these quests will allow you to check out the Shrine Ruins, which they say is a great place to test and experiment with Monster Hunter Rise’s new wirebug mechanic. The wirebug not only serves as something like a grapple hook that allows you to move around the map conveniently, but it’s also a great way to snare monsters.
It’s also worth noting that both beginner and intermediate hunts will be available to play in either single-player or local and online co-op.
With that in mind, it looks like the Monster Hunter Rise demo offers a decent and comprehensive overview of what the upcoming game can bring to the table. Avid fans of the Monster Hunter franchise should definitely download the demo as soon as they can, especially since it won’t be available on the Switch eShop forever.
Monster Hunter Rise is looking to be a worthy successor to the highly acclaimed Monster Hunter World, and a strong game to jumpstart Nintendo Switch’s lineup of games for this year.
In other news related to the franchise, Monster Hunter recently had a big-screen adaptation featuring Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich. The entire project was in the hands of Resident Evil and Event Horizon director Paul W.S Anderson, and while some had high hopes for the movie, it appears that it disappointed critics and currently has a Metascore of 45.