New dragons, DLC, and more unveiled in the latest ‘Monster Hunter’ digital event

In their latest Digital Event, Capcom showcased several major Monster Hunter updates that included a sneak peak into a new roadmap, dragons, and more.

The Monster Hunter digital event was a 45-minute livestream on YouTube on April 27th, 2021. It focused on its two latest additions to the franchise, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and Monster Hunter Rise, which Clocked recently reviewed.

And by golly, we have been blessed with plenty of new features. From revealing a DLC roadmap to new dragons to hunt, let’s dive straight into the details without further ado.

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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

With its launch date coming very soon in July 2021, it seems the developers were very keen on sharing the latest information with the fans. As a spin-off to the series, Wings of Ruin follows a completely different storyline.

Instead of single-mindedly antagonising the monsters, you play as a Hunter on a quest to save the Rathalos from the brink of extinction. Allied with Ena, a young Wyverian, players will visit distant lands while uncovering secrets to what really is happening in the New World.

Packed with plenty of action and jaw-dropping graphics, the latest trailer of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin showcased many new characters and stunning open-world landscapes. The Monster Hunter digital event also offered a brief glimpse into Razewing Ratha’s true powers.

Rest assured though, while this format is different to its other titles, the gameplay doesn’t stray from the main attraction of battling gigantic, awe-inspiring monsters. There was also an explanation in the Monster Hunter event about how the new system will work, because in typical JRPG-style, the game is reported to have turn-based mechanics.

However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’ll be easier to defeat the monsters. Players will still encounter the deadly creatures in real-time, but you will have to use your wits to strategically champion over them instead of jumping straight into the action like with its other titles in the franchise.

The Monster Hunter digital event also announced that the deluxe edition of this game would yield unique customisable outfits including armour, coats, and hairstyles. Purchasing three of Monster Hunter’s Amiibo characters will also give players new outfits, as a fresh addition to the upcoming game.

Monster Hunter Rise

Meanwhile, Monster Hunter Rise was busy showing off its 2.o patch updates. Right off the bat, the Monster Hunter event immediately introduced us to the new elder dragons; Chameleos, Kushala Daora, and Teostra. The Hunter Rank has also been updated so it is now uncappable, meaning that players can freely boost their skills when battling even more powerful monsters.

What’s more, there are new Apex monsters joining the fray as well, including Apex Diablos, Rathalos, and Arzuros. These are elite monsters that surpass even the elder dragons in terms of skill. Those interested can check out the full patch notes here. Be prepared for a tonne of bug fixes and new quests!

To top the icing off the cake, Monster Hunter Rise will soon have a DLC crossover event with Wings of Ruin when it releases, though the details are still kept under wraps. In a second DLC for the game, players can obtain a free Character Edit card from the Nintendo eShop, and further the customisation experience.

A roadmap for the 3.0 update was also shown, so we can look forward to new content near the end of May this year.

You can check out the live streamed Monster Hunter digital event down below. A quick note: skip past the first 30 minutes to avoid the timer countdown.