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Another year, another Monster Hunter title. Although the west just got Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate only a few months ago (the first mainline game to hit the west since 2013’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate) – in Japan, the series has almost always been an annual affair. Despite this, the series has managed to evolve at a steady rate across the years, and even across iterations in the same Monster Hunter “generation”. The title on the table this time, Monster Hunter X (Pronounced Monster Hunter Cross) seems to be no different.

Although details regarding the new game are somewhat scarce, the information that has been released thus far paint a picture of a very different game than the ones that long-time Monster Hunter fans might have been used to. This time around, each weapon will have 4 different playstyles that can be used, and flashy “Super Skills” are at the forefront of the action. Additionally, building off of MH4U’s return to previous game’s locales – Monster Hunter X will sport 3 returning villages from prior games, as well as it’s own new village. Keeping in line with the idea of “4”, this title will also have 4 “flagship” monsters for players to fight – a series first. In fact, some of these new monsters shown seem to be fought in areas that haven’t been seen in a Monster Hunter game since 2009’s Monster Hunter Freedom Unite!

Capcom have released a trailer for the new title (as has been standard with Monster Hunter releases in the past), and can be found below. Monster Hunter X is currently not announced for a western release — but considering how well Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has done in the west, it’s likely that we’ll see the game hit our shores in one form or another eventually. If you’re interested in some more in-depth analysis on the title, Youtuber Gaijin Hunter has a few videos analysing both the trailer and the Japanese announcement that you can check out here.

So; what are your thoughts regarding this new game? We reviewed Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate back in February (we really liked it!) but even then, it’s hard to compare the two games as of right now, despite the obvious similarities. Is this a good change for the series?


James Galizio

Staff Writer

I'm a writer for TechRaptor, and an aspiring indie dev; technology and games in particular have been my passion my whole life, and to contribute to the industry has been my dream. If I'm not writing or working on other work, you can almost always find me playing some sort of game!