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Monster Hunter Riders is coming this February

Capcom’s new mobile RPG, Monster Hunter Riders will be launching this month.

After recently and successfully launching the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion, Capcom has announced that a new title in the series called Monster Hunter Riders is coming to mobile platforms in Japan later this year. Monster Hunter Riders, will be a free-to-play title that will take players on an exciting journey through the lands of Felgia. The new game will be full of wild adventure, fan favorite monsters from the previous games and microtransactions. The new game is coming to iOS and Android this winter packed with item-based micro-transactions. Pre-registration is available now via the App Store and Google Play.

What is the Monster Hunter Riders story about?

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, the story is on the continent of Felgia. A place where monsters and humans co-exist. This means you’ll be able to raise several monsters you’ll be familiar with. That is, if you’re a long-time fan of the series. From there you’ll form a team of riders and monsters that you’ll take into battle. Your party will then venture out into Felgia, getting into battles, bolstering your ranks. And unlocking skills and gear to customise your party’s abilities and personal style. Here is an overview of the game below:

A great calamity once attacked this land. 10 dragon rider knights, later called “The Ten Great Dragon Knights,” saved the land from the great calamity. A new connection was formed between humans and monsters. And several hundred years passed. But this continent of Felgia, where humans and monsters live in union, is about to once again become engulfed by a dark malice.

Based off the trailer, it looks to be a very good looking game. Riders takes a colourful, anime-style approach when it comes to the graphics. With it’s characters being way more prominent than your usually anonymous Hunters. Rathalos, Zinogre, Nargacuga, and Glavenus are among the iconic monsters that will feature in-game with more monsters to be added through future updates. The game also clearly highlights the riding feature introduced by Monster Hunter Stories, putting it at the centre of the experience. There will several different biomes you can explore such as thick forests, deserts and snowy mountains. Also the battle effects and animations are all very flamboyantly done.

What’s the gameplay like?

In terms of gameplay, it apparently will feature combat that uses a refreshing command battle system with flashy skills and that you can play smoothly. Also, the game combines smooth progression with refreshing command battles that employ flashy skills. Additionally, nearly infinite party customization is possible through the combination of various components of monsters and riders. 

Monster Hunter Riders requires iOS12, iPhone6s or later for Apple devices and any Android phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. According to the listing on the App Store, it will release on February 29. But it probably won’t be available outside of Japan at launch. Here’s hoping Monster Hunter Riders gets an English release in the future. 

In the meantime, users based in Japan can pre-register for the game as of today with some pre-registration bonuses up for grabs. You can check out the official Japanese website here.

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