To overcome the looming Rampage, the hunters of Kamura must make use of the new Palamute hunting companions and “Wirebug” grappling mechanic as they engage in the series’ trademark action-packed combat. The “Canyne” Palamute companions join the series favorite “Felyne” Palicoes in assisting players while out on a hunt. In addition to lending their considerable offensive capabilities to any fight, Palamutes can also carry hunters on their back to swiftly chase any fleeing monsters and traverse the open maps. Wirebugs, on the other hand, allow hunters to nimbly grapple in any direction during a hunt, and can be paired with each of the 14 weapon types to create unique “Silkbind Attacks.” Damaging monsters with these new attacks will make them susceptible to the new “Wyvern riding” technique, which allows players to temporarily take control of a monster and yields spectacular battle sequences during a hunt.
When players aren’t exploring the five expansive locales, such as the Shrine Ruins, Flooded Forest, and Sandy Plains, they can also battle hordes of massive monsters in the new Rampage quest type introduced in Monster Hunter Rise. In these quests, hunters must work with the citizens of Kamura Village to prepare their defensive installations and guard the Stronghold barricades against waves of invading monsters, including any powerful Apex monsters that may arrive during the siege. In addition to the new game mode, Monster Hunter Rise also introduces new “Switch Skills” for each weapon as hunters progress through the game. By swapping out these new skills with existing Silkbind or regular attacks, players can create all new combos and strategies that match their preferred playstyle.
Monster Hunter Rise will also include new features to improve joining up with others for hunts. Dynamic difficulty scaling for multiplayer automatically adjusts as new players enter and exit a hub quest. The new “Hunter Connect” feature will allow players to create tags with their objectives and playstyle, search for other players with the same tags or invite friends to any tags they have joined. Upon completing a quest in multiplayer, players will also be able to like the other hunters in their party, and increase the likelihood of finding each other in matchmaking.
The PC release of Monster Hunter Rise includes a robust roster of monsters to overcome, including all content up to the Nintendo Switch 3.6.1 update. These free title updates featured multiple additional monsters including the returning fan-favorites Chameleos and Valstrax, in addition to collaboration content with iconic games such as Okami, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, and more. Future post-launch contents will be synched with the Nintendo Switch version at the end of February 2022. Additionally, the massive Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak™ paid expansion will be arriving for players on both Nintendo Switch and PC in Summer 2022. More information regarding Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak will be available at a later date.
In addition to the Standard Edition of Monster Hunter Rise, a special Deluxe Edition will include the Standard Edition of the game, as well as a digital DLC pack voucher that can be redeemed for bonus in-game content such as a “Kamurai” full layered armor set, exclusive gestures, cosmetic items and more. PC players will receive a free celebratory item pack filled with useful items at launch, alongside access to the Guild Cross armor set, which offers high defense to get through the early-game quests and reach high rank in no time.