Capcom and Niantic have announced a new joint project: Monster Hunter Now, a “real-world hunting role-playing game” for smartphones. It will be a mixture of the classic gameplay of the Monster Hunter series and augmented reality like Pokemon Go.
Similar to Pokemon Go, players in Monster Hunter Now will search for monsters and resources while traveling through the real world. They will be able to team up with other players to hunt monsters together, as well as craft weapons and armor. According to the developer, the game will have a simplified, but still authentic gameplay of the main series; it will be possible to play Monster Hunter Now both in portrait mode with one hand and in landscape mode, which is closer to the “big” Monster Hunter games.
Battles will be much faster with a maximum time of only 75 seconds to better suit outdoor play. Monster Hunter Now will feature series-specific weapon classes, but players will switch between them more often than before. “Landmarks” created by the Niantic community will serve as resource gathering points, and the world map will be divided into different ecological zones, each of which will contain different monsters and materials.
Monster Hunter Now will be free-to-play and have in-game purchases. The game should be released this September on iOS and Android, beta testing starts on April 25, you can sign up for it on the official website.
It will be interesting to see if Niantic manages to create a new hit – let’s recall that after the successful Ingress and Pokemon Go, this developer has so far released only the failed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which was closed less than three years after its release, and the release of another project in augmented reality, Peridot, has been moved from 2022 to May 8, 2023.