There it is, folks; the next Monster Hunter title, Monster Hunter Wilds, was revealed during The Game Awards 2023. And while what we saw was impressive, Capcom has stated they aren’t ready to talk about the game more until Spring 2024.
So, let’s talk about what we did see. Roaming monsters, some mountains and cliffs, and then the trailer breaks away to a hunter righting this bird-like creature through scores of monsters before being engulfed in a sand storm and then a lightning storm. Next up, we see that bird-like mount jumping up some coral reef (are we going underwater?) and gliding before the Monster Hunter Wilds fades in, with the year 2025 being shown. But not before we see a familiar monster, Rathalos, appear, flying into the horizon.
I don’t want to speculate that this game looks like an open-world game similar to Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter World. Being shown both the sand and lightning storm could mean that this game will feature weather and elemental hazards. Can you imagine beginning on a hunt, and a massive storm comes around, completely through you off your game? Before, all we had to worry about was another monster getting in the way, but elemental hazards would be something else.
While the mount will make travel and combat that much faster, and those who played Monster Hunter Rise will understand, as the mount was a fantastic addition and one that I wished existed in Monster Hunter World.
I’m a massive fan of Monster Hunter, and I was ready for the next game, but I was afraid that Capcom was merely focusing its effects on the mobile version of Monster Hunter Go. Seeing Monster Hunter Wilds didn’t blow me out of my chair, but it did excite me, which is good enough for me. Now, they wait until 2024, when Capcom will dish out more information on the game.