PC gamers, get ready to hunt down gargantuan beasts! The fifth main entry in the Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter: World is making the jump to the world of personal computers. First released on January 26, 2018, on Xbox One and Playstation 4, Capcom promised to bring the game to PC some time after release. That time is coming soon. On July 9th, details about the PC version of the game will be revealed. Soon, players will be able to start hunting, crafting and exploring to their hearts content.
In Monster Hunter: World, player characters, known as “hunters,” explore many different unique areas to hunt down massive monsters. Some take the form of traditional fantasy dragons, others may resemble a bony-plated T-Rex, or a colossal obsidian-covered leviathan. Players can group up with up to three other players to take down these targets, with rewards and difficulty scaled accordingly depending on player count. After each hunt, players gather useful materials from the carcass of their slain prey, which can be used to craft armor and weapons. The various worldspaces can also be explored to acquire harvested ingredients and special power-ups, like healing pod plants. The basic loop of the game has hunters going out to hunt monsters, stripping the corpses for hides and bones, using those materials to build better gear, using the new gear to hunt bigger and tougher monsters, and so on and so forth. A two-part campaign guides players through the various maps and teaches them many useful strategies for fighting the beasts that roam the land of the New World.
Details on the PC version are sketchy. The platform(s) it is releasing on are unknown, and performance is a heightened area of concern for many PC users, especially given the reported difficulty Capcom experienced with optimizing the game for personal computers. Nevertheless, non-console players will surely be excited to play one of 2018’s most well-received games in due time.