Monster Hunter World Officially Announced for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Capcom has announced Monster Hunter World.

The game is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime early next year. Featured above, you can view the game’s announcement trailer.

Here are the first screenshots:

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Capcom:

The latest entry in the critically acclaimed 40 million unit selling action RPG series, Monster Hunter: World introduces a living, breathing ecosystem in which players take on the role of a hunter that seeks and slays ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles. Venture on quests alone or with up to three other hunters in a newly designed online drop-in multiplayer system which allows cross-region cooperative play between Japan and the West, uniting the global player base for the first time ever. Monster Hunter: World will also be the first game in the series with a worldwide simultaneous launch window and is planned for release on PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One in early 2018. A PC release will follow at a later date.

Monster Hunter: World sees players gear up to venture on quests to battle against fearsome monsters, progressively improving their hunting abilities as they play. Loot collected from fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armor upgrades as players seamlessly move across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role as players strategically use the surrounding environment to their advantage. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to survive the intense and evolving fights as they battle to become the ultimate hunter!

Key Features

  • Welcome to the new World: Taking on the role of a hunter, players are tasked with going on a research expedition to a newly discovered continent known only as “new world” as they venture on quests to discover more about this mysterious land.
  • Living and breathing ecosystem: Utilize the surrounding environment and wildlife to your advantage. For example, pit monsters against one another to lure the main target creature to the right place, but be careful not to become hindered by the hazards they present.
  • Global simultaneous release: For the first time in the Monster Hunter series the latest title will release within the same launch window and unite hunters across the world with cross-region cooperative play options.
  • Online drop-in multiplayer: When the battle is too daunting to take on single-handedly, hail up to three other hunters to assist during quests by sending up a SOS flare to a worldwide server full of potential teammates.
  • Hunt to craft new gear: Defeat monsters and collect loot from fallen foes to craft equipment and weapons styled after the monsters that have been slain. Selecting the right loadout can help exploit enemy weaknesses to gain an advantage in battle. 
  • Master the beasts: A variety of ferocious creatures inhabit the new world landscape including the series mainstay Rathalos and the all new Anjanath. Players can mount the monsters with the dynamic riding mechanic, allowing them to travel along the monster’s body and deliver locational damage.
  • Seamless gameplay: Players and monsters can move from one map area to another freely and without loading screens whilst gameplay also dynamically transitions between night and day.

The game was previously leaked via a trademark filed in the United States.

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  • Mr0303

    A Monster Hunter on a PlayStation platorm, huh? I wonder how well it’ll do.

  • Just Some Guy

    Give me cross play or give me death.

  • Heresy Hammer


  • InfectedAI

    Wait, an actual Capcom developed one on PC? By the main MH team?

  • totenglocke

    They’ve had Monster Hunter games on PS systems before.

  • Dr. Roswell. W

    Considering I first heard of this series on the PS2, it’ll do fine.

  • Verus

    considering that’s where the series started, just fine probably.

  • -blank-

    Best news I’ve heard all of E3

  • Scruffy, the Janitor

    I started the series on the PSP. MH isnt new to Playstation

  • Mr0303

    I’ve never stated that this wasn’t the case.

  • Mr0303

    I never said it’s something new. There weren’t any recent releases, so I’m curious how popular the games are among that fanbase.

  • InfectedAI

    That’s because it started on there.

  • Dr. Roswell. W

    That’s the joke.

  • HECK YEAH PC LAUNCH. Also, it’s not mentioned in the article, but it has been pseudo confirmed the PC version will launch after the others.

  • Nagato

    Going by the leaks from a couple of months ago – that are confirmed legit by this reveal – the main team should be working on MH5 on Switch atm.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Switch only owners on suicide watch. XX Announced for Japan and will likely come AFTER this game next tear. Toppest of kek.

  • Jack
  • Uncle Ocelot

    Jesus those visuals, it’s quite the step up from MonHun’s typical PS2-tier graphics.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Highest selling game of the franchise is still on the PSP. Never knew why Sony never did an exclusivity deal for it.

  • Mr0303

    Maybe it was Capcom’s decision to move to the most popular platform at the time.

  • oldmanglitch

    the article does say that though

  • John Smith
  • ronin4life

    The music overall was lacking…

  • ronin4life

    You mean between Sony/Xbox?
    Sony wouldn’t allow it with Minecraft Sooooo…

  • It isn’t unusual for Capcom to cook up tracks or find something just for the trailer so maybe we’ll have something to enjoy still.

    I’m a little curious how they handle music for the other things like Frontier and Online though.

  • Laytonaster

    Okay. I’m game.

  • LostGryphon

    ….A PC release? For MH?

    What a time to be alive…

  • fak I can’t read

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Up until Unite the games didn’t do so hot is probably why. Plus, I think they just took it for granted that they would be loyal to Playstation.

    I know back with the PS2 devs were afraid of pissing off Sony because of how personal business is for Japanese companies, and the brand is huge over there.

  • Andrew Krasy

    That is a terrible card, what is happening in MtG now?

  • John Smith

    Other than the cancer of feminism infecting it? no idea

  • Madbrainbox

    On PC where it belongs.Now,I hope the devs know how mouse and keyboard works.

  • patyos


  • patyos


  • You still never answered my question.

  • About time.

  • About being banned on Siliconera?

    I’m rather slow and lazy (when it isn’t immediately in my face on Siliconera) especially during E3 but I’ll get to it soon. Sadly, I’m letting another person down who I should get to.

    If you have a Twitter handle, you can drop a DM there so we don’t have to derail a Disqus thread but I’ll be fine with answering you when I don’t have too much in the way.

    Sorry, dude.

  • VersVlees

    I’m PC HYPE too

  • Shinobu
  • Ephrain Estrella

    Feminism is infecting Magic? How?

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I’d say Freedom and Freedom 2 did well considering how niche the game was when they were released.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Handheld I get that, but on Nintendo home consoles the MH games never did was well.

  • I didn’t really click with Monster hunter but at least fans will finally be able to play on something rather than on a small ass screen.

  • John Smith
  • ProxyDoug

    That’s shameful. I wonder what will survive this decade.

  • SpecialK

    Looks great, though having played this series casually over many years, I’ll never understand why the title isn’t “Dinosaur Hunter”. There’s no slimes, goblins, minotaurs, beholders, traditional “monsters”, despite the many variations, the “monsters” are literally all variants of Dinosaurs.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Monstrous Giant crabs, insects, birds, monkeys, Yeti types, etc.
    Come on fam.
    “Traditional” monsters according to whom by the way?
    Just because its not form the D&D Monster Manual doesn’t mean its not a monster.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    This game is likely to underperform on Xbox anyways, like most titles this niche from Japan.

  • SpecialK

    I’ll give ya that, true. There’s probably an “beauty in the eye of the Beholder” joke here somewhere, heh.

  • YES!

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Well yeah, for niche games they did really well.

    But that’s the thing, they were niche, so Sony wouldn’t have cared much about them, and when the series did take off they probably felt like they couldn’t lose them.

    Kinda like when a band or sports team gets big and the management gets all possessive over the talent.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Wyverns, not dinosaurs, so yeah they actually are. Depending on the mythology, wyverns can be more than just typical dragon-like creatures.

    And yeah, ‘monster’ can refer to more than just classic DnD ones. The word itself and most of the creatures are centuries old. The likes of many cryptids would be the original monsters.

    So really, its much of DnD that isn’t traditional.:P

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I mean… The PS brand has always been associated with sleeper niche hits. Shadow of the Colossus, Demon’s Souls, Mark of Kri, etc, etc. Sony making some sort of deal with Capcom for MH would have been smart. Especially considering how well the Hunter genre did on the Vita.

  • Fenrir007

    Oh man, I’m so getting it for the PC!

  • Ckarasu

    Rumor has it that XX isn’t planned to come at the moment. Hope this isn’t true, but supposedly the guy who leaked World said as much. I have PC/PS4/Switch, so I appreciate options.

  • Personaknight

    Haven’t touched this since psp, but I’m ready to jump back into with pc port.

  • Gustavo Hawke

    Monster Hunter is my favorite series along Dragon Quest, but I really afraid that they make a “western” audience toned Monster Hunter. To be honest, I like way more the Monster Hunter XX Trailer, with awesome armors and cool equipment. (I’m not Nintendrone or anything like this)

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I know, but they don’t go into them expecting crazy success either, or worrying about them leaving. Atlus had to publish Demon’s Soul because Sony didn’t think it would sell. They were probably shocked to see it do so well.

    I agree it would have been smart to make a deal with Capcom, but it’s Monster Hunter’s success after P3rd that made them realize they shot themselves in the foot. They did the same thing with the Souls games.

    Now its too late. Capcom sees the success games like Dark Souls had, and they have Nintendo. “You don’t know what you have until its gone” as they say.

  • TophatKiyaki

    Dunno man, I saw a tweet from one of the devs being asked by a Nintendo fan asking what this meant for the mainline series, was there a MH5 in development for the switch, etc, and the guy responded by saying he could only answer one of the questions: World IS mainline series.

    Take that as you will.

    Found the tweet:

  • doog

    Who cares about this trash where is the new dragons dogma?

  • Nagato

    Nah, I don’t believe that given that the leaks have been right thus far: this is just their current PR mode.

    Obviously Capcom wants World to become a success, so they’ll do every single thing they currently can to make sure they don’t cannibalize it right from the get go. If they openly said the main series will continue as usual on Switch (and/or 3DS), then no one is gonna give a fuck about World. Instead we’re getting a version of the usual Capcom shit test, where they pretend the entire future of a franchise is depending on this one game, so we better get it or we’ll never get one again.

  • FreshSnug

    So will it get censored?