Monster Hunter World is beginning to wrap up, but fans don’t have to be sad because Capcom will be releasing Monster Hunter Rise to the Nintendo Switch, an all-new title that was included in the most recent Nintendo Partner Showcase.
Unfortunately, Capcom didn’t release a lot of information about the upcoming title, as the announcement trailer was only 2 minutes short, and the Monster Hunter Direct was only 15 minutes. Nevertheless, the fans were able to get a glimpse of the title’s gameplay, setting, and monsters – enough footage to whet their appetite for the game.
Aside from the new beasts you can expect to slay in Monster Hunter Rise, we would like to take a moment to discuss the new support characters aka companions you will meet in the game. These companions will assist you in exploration and battle, making your experiences a little more lively.
First and foremost, dog lovers can hunt with canine companions now at long last. This is actually a first in the Monster Hunter series, with the announcement trailer even showing off one of these Canyne Buddies called a Palamute at the beginning.
Your character can ride on top of these creatures in order to journey through the lands at a much quicker pace. In fact, they can even climb walls! The stamina for these creatures doesn’t decrease, so you can ride as fast and as far as you want.
Canyne’s are an attack-type support, which means that they can also assist you when it comes to battle. There are some scenes in the Monster Hunter Direct footage that shows the Canyne companion to be holding a blade in its mouth.
On the other hand, there are the Felyne Palico companions, which have been an unexpected return to the franchise. Unlike the Palamute, these companions will focus more on supporting your character rather than attacking enemies.
You can bring up to two companions with you, and it’s up to you what companion combination you want to bring. You can even adventure with two Canynes or two Felynes if that’s what you feel like doing.
However, this won’t be the case for multiplayer mode, as you can only bring one Buddy per player. This is possibly implemented to avoid making your party from becoming too overpowered.
That being said, Capcom really knows how to make their fans happy, as they also announced Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin on the same day. More information on both titles will be revealed during the Tokyo Game Show this year.
Monster Hunter Rise will be available on the Nintendo Switch this upcoming March 26th, 2021.