The Pokémon GO developers have announced Monster Hunter Now, bringing the big boss battles to the real world. The game is being developed by Niantic and Capcom.
Check out the official teaser trailer for Monster Hunter Now!
The game is planned to release later this year, September worldwide. This is a huge change from Niantic’s typical release schedules, which roll-out periodically through a Soft Launch.
Monster Hunter Now will be having a beta test later this month, starting April 25th which you can sign up for on the official website.
Niantic has described the title as a hunting action-role playing game—mixing together Capcom’s iconic franchise with Pokémon GO’s geolocation gameplay.
According to EuroGamer, the game has been in development for four years, starting back in 2019. The Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto when initially pitched the idea said “let’s do it, without giving it a second thought.”
This title is being developed by Niantic’s Tokyo-based Team, which previously worked on Pikmin Bloom.
Gameplay seems to be faithful to the main series’ gameplay. You’ll battle monsters in your neighbourhood using the same weapon types, and slowly upgrade them for better stats.
You’ll be able to hunt with friends, and also get a Palico companion. There’s also the option to play in either portrait or landscape mode, too. We’ll be detailing the gameplay more in a separate article in the future.
Whilst you’re waiting for the release, there is also Niantic’s pet simulator coming out in May—Peridot.