Capcom has recently announced a new title in its hugely successful Monster Hunter RPG series. Although set in the Monster Hunter universe, the new game, Monster Hunter Stories, will take players on a very different adventure, pitting you as a Monster Rider rather than Hunter.
Monster Riders are people who form bonds with the varying monsters of the world and fight alongside them rather than slaying them to survive. This intriguing new take will turn the Monster Hunter universe on its head, giving players a different perspective by experiencing the game from the other side.
The combat system is also set to change, opting for a turn-based battle system over the previous hack-and-slash action based combat. There will also be the option of hatching monster eggs and raising new born monsters to later aid you in battle
Capcom’s official website for the new title offers extensive detail on the games story, characters, battle system, and more, a selection of which we have mirrored below.
Our story begins in Rider Village, where our hero has competed a trial to become a Rider and is awarded the Kizuna Stone from the village leader. Together with his partner Nabiru, with whom he overcame the trial, they decide to set out for the world beyond the village.
But beyond, a looming shadow is approaching. The people are beginning to notice a serious change in their daily lives and environment. Those entrusted with their roles as Riders and Hunters will be put to the test. The key lies within the hidden power of the Kizuna Stone. A truth concerning an ancient legend.
Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS is scheduled for release in Japan in 2016. Any details regarding a western release have yet to be announced.
What do you think of the new direction for the Monster Hunter series? Is this a welcome change or a disastrous move away from a tried and tested formula? Let us know in your comments.