Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Demo Out Tomorrow, New Monsters And Areas Announced

Monster Hunter Rise kicked off today with Capcom Showcase, featuring new locations for hunters to explore in all their glory, along with many more monsters to take the fight to when the expansion releases. A demo will also be available starting tomorrow.

First up is the return of Monster Hunter’s second-gen jungle area, completely remastered for Sunbreak. While the jungle sounds like it’s filled solely with trees and other foliage, it’s on the coast and offers plenty of sandy beaches and ruins to explore.

As for new monsters to hunt, Sunbreak has many exciting new destinations to offer. Espinas returns from Monster Hunter Frontiers. As the name suggests (“espinas” is Spanish for thorns), this creature is covered in sharp spikes that hunters who turn to their evil side can easily cut. The trailer describes Espinas as a monster who “enjoys a quiet life and sleeps peacefully,” but has a two-way nature and can easily rage when disturbed.

Monster Hunter 4’s flagship terror, Gore Magala, is also making a return and will surely punish many hunters in master rank quests. This monster is blind and uses its delicate wing membranes to find its prey or anyone who angers it. When it goes into a frenzy, Gore Magala transforms with two devilish horns appearing on its head, making it a nice thematic pairing with Sunrise flagship monster Malzeno. Two more variations of existing Sunbreak monsters were shown in today’s footage, Monster Hunter 2’s Daimyo Hermitaur and Pyre Rakna-Kadaki, a flame-infused version of Rise’s spider enemy.

A demo for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is out tomorrow for both Switch and PC. The free trial includes the new jungle area to explore and players can hunt down the previously announced Astalos and Malzeno. For experienced hunters, the demo offers the opportunity to try out the new Switch Skill Swap mechanics and the new Silkbind attacks. Up to four players can hunt together online, and there is no limit to the number of times you can play through the hunts in the demo version.

Last but not least, Capcom has detailed the roadmap for post-release content updates while giving us a taste of what’s to come in the first major patch. Lucent Nargacuga will star in August’s first update and will be accompanied by a new hunting area, Foremorn Arena, as well as more monsters. Fall and winter updates are planned with new monsters and variants, with more coming in 2023.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is just weeks away, releasing June 30th on Switch and PC. Keep in mind that this is an expansion of the existing Monster Hunter Rise, so players who want to check out the Sunbreak content will need to complete the required main story quests from the base game in order to reach the new areas and monsters. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Demo Out Tomorrow, New Monsters And Areas Announced

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