Monster Hunter Wilds, the next main installment in the classic action RPG series, has officially been announced at The Game Awards 2023.
The announcement revealed some of the key monsters, riding and exploration, and a 2025 release window. More news will be revealed in 2024.
The core Monster Hunter series is currently on a hiatus, following the epic finale of Monster Hunter Rise and its Sunbreak expansion.
Monster Hunter World added features that made the series far more accessible, though its co-op system felt a bit clunky. The monsters were excellent, including both new and returning classics with strong graphics and interesting behavior.
Most announcements involving Monster Hunter have involved beginning anew. There have also been multiple events celebrating the past and reflecting on it.
In fact, the devs currently have an ongoing poll, where fans can vote for their favorite all-time monster through December 20th.
Notably, 2024 will mark the 20th anniversary of the franchise. This naturally invites an opportunity for all-new storytelling, creature designs, and mechanics.
However, Monster Hunter Wilds does sound like a nostalgic riff on the 2018 title. Today’s new trailer also hints at some of the potential environments, ideas, and narrative beats.
Although, Sunbreak did an excellent job of tying things up neatly enough for players. And the new exploration aspects of Monster Hunter Wilds seem relatively fresh.
For now, players will have to make do with Monster Hunter Now, a mobile release featuring augmented reality gameplay.
Monster Hunter Now translates the fundamental gameplay ideas well enough. It has some detractors, but there’s still potential to grow.
Today’s announcement confirmed that Monster Hunter Wilds would be available on PC via Steam, PlayStation and Xbox. Monster Hunter Rise originally launched on the Nintendo Switch, with ports for PC and other consoles arriving later on.