Monster Hunter Rise is one of this year’s most anticipated titles. Unfortunately, the follow-up to 2018’s Monster Hunter: World has only been announced for the Nintendo Switch.
Given the critical and commercial success of Monster Hunter: World on consoles (it was released on PS4 and Xbox One), it’s a bit surprising to see that Monster Hunter Rise will only release for Nintendo Switch. Is it possible the game could make its way to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in the future?
As of right now, it seems unlikely. For starters, Monster Hunter Rise was built from the ground up for Nintendo’s hybrid console. And if you recall, the Switch did not ever receive a port of Monster Hunter World, so this could be Capcom’s way of giving Nintendo owners their own game to enjoy. But that honestly seems like a weird reason to ignore the massive player bases on PlayStation and Xbox.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that a Monster Hunter game is released exclusively on a Nintendo platform. Monster Hunter Tri was released exclusively on the Wii in 2009, while an enhanced version, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, was later released on the 3DS and Wii U in 2013. Monster Hunter 4 was then released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013 before the enhanced version, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, was released for 3DS in 2015.
So Monster Hunter Rise releasing exclusively on the Nintendo Switch isn’t out of the ordinary, but it’s still somewhat of a surprise given World‘s success on multiple platforms.
Monster Hunter Rise does seem to build upon what Monster Hunter: World established with its seamless map approach. It also adds a new Palamute companion that can scale cliffs and be ridden during attacks. There’s also the new Wirebug tool that’s similar to the Clutch Claw (from Iceborne) that allows players to grapple and swing across gaps. It can also be used in combat with different effects depending on the weapon type being wielded.
As of right now, Monster Hunter Rise remains a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Maybe that changes in the future though. For now, the only way to play it at launch on March 26 is on the Nintendo hybrid console.