Heads up, hunters! Monster Hunter Rise is coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on January 20, 2023. It’s been a little over two years since the release of the final update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, so we’re thrilled to welcome PlayStation players to Kamura Village and back into the hunt.
Unleash your hunting spirit
Monster Hunter Rise infuses the hunting experience you might be familiar with from Monster Hunter World and Iceborne with new acrobatic maneuvers enabled by the endemic life known as Wirebugs. Leap into the air, scale cliffs, and quickly traverse open environments with ease. Wirebugs allow for varied and unique special attacks for each of the 14 weapons in the game. Even if you’ve mastered a certain weapon in the past, these new abilities bring new skills to incorporate into your toolkit.
You’ll meet a brand new buddy type: the Palamute Canyne. In addition to providing support alongside the tried-and-true Palico Felyne companions, you’ll be able to ride on the back of a Palamute to swiftly make your way across each locale. Palamute riding is a great way to safely use items or sharpen your weapon in your time of need. Be sure to pet your Palamute too and show them some love for all their hard work.
So what are we hunting?
The flagship monster Magnamalo leads a mix of new and returning monsters inspired by Japanese folklore. Known as the Wyvern of Malice, Magnamalo unleashes a deadly purple gas that consists of consumed monsters known as Hellfire, while also ferociously striking with its powerful claws and spear-tipped tail.
In addition to new monsters, returning favorites from previous Monster Hunter titles will also test your skills. Many of these monsters feature new moves and abilities over past games, and so even if you’re a seasoned vet that’s slain many Rathalos and Rathian throughout the years, you’ll certainly find a familiar but fresh experience in Monster Hunter Rise.
A new threat rises
Monster Hunter Rise puts you in the shoes of a fully customizable fledgling hunter at the start of their journey. Over time, your skills will grow and you’ll tackle more and more challenging threats as you protect your hometown: the quiet and peaceful Kamura Village.
The peace of the village is threatened by the reemergence of Magnamalo and an onslaught of monsters known as the Rampage. 50 years ago, Kamura suffered devastating casualties from the same threat, but this time it’s up to you to fight the Rampage back and defend the village. Together with a vibrant cast of characters, you’ll fight back the impending threat and uncover the mystery of the rampaging monsters.
When you’ve got some downtime in Kamura, you’ll spend time with your friends in the village as you prepare for the next hunt. Improve your gear, get your buddies in order and eat some tasty dango.
Hunting is better together
Challenge yourself to slay a monster solo, or go online and team up with up to three others for cooperative hunting fun.* Communicate with other hunters in your lobby via in-game voice chat and enjoy the thrill of the hunt with friends or with other players online. Gather together in a lobby as you prepare for a hunt, or help out players on certain quests by responding to a join request. Players on either PS5 or PS4 also don’t need to be on the same platform to play together.
Become immersed in the hunt with PS5
Hunters on PS5 have a few extra options to make for an even greater hunting experience.
Monster Hunter Rise on PS5 will launch with two performance options, both of which offer silky smooth gameplay and high resolution image quality: 4K resolution and up to 60 FPS, or 1080P resolution with up to 120 FPS with compatible screens.
With 3D audio on PS5, get immersed in the experience even further with spatial sound that adds depth and makes you feel like you’re right there in the hunt.
Monster Hunter Rise takes advantage of the PS5 DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers for added feedback and resistance with Gunner weapons, and a slight but impactful kick when blocking with a shield.
Last but not certainly not least, Monster Hunter Rise has full trophy support across both PS5 and PS4, so you can track all of our hunting achievements (and brag to your friends about them).
Hundreds of hours…with more to come
Monster Hunter Rise comes already loaded with a treasure trove of content, including the title updates and Event Quests for the base version of the game (up to version 10.0). Rest assured that there’s plenty to do here, and you’ll want to make sure you’re well equipped for what awaits…
Later in Spring 2023, the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak massive expansion will take the hunt to the next level by introducing new Master Rank monsters, new locales, and an all new story full of challenging threats. While Monster Hunter Rise features new monsters inspired by Japanese folklore, Sunbreak introduces monsters from western folklore, like the vampire-inspired Elder Dragon Malzeno.
It’s safe to say there’s plenty to look forward to once you make your way through to base game.
The hunt is on
To recap, Monster Hunter Rise launches digitally on PS5 and PS4 on January 20, 2023. Preorders are available today and earn you a bonus adorable Layered Armor for your Palamute and Palico. You’ll also get a Novice Talisman to help you out in the early stages of the game.
If you’re looking for a bit of extra help getting through the early game, the Guild Cross armor and Legacy Talisman will be available for free to all players. This gear has high defense and useful skills to aid your progress through the early quests as you get more familiar with the hunting basics.
Happy hunting! We hope that you enjoy your stay in Kamura.
*A PlayStation Plus account is required for online multiplayer for PS5 and PS4.