Monster Hunter Rise trailer shows off new monsters

The Monster Hunter Rise demo is coming tonight, Capcom announced at today’s special sneak-peek event.

The exact timing on the demo’s release is a bit hazy, with the event showcase listing it for January 7 and the official Monster Hunter Rise website and Twitter account pointing to January 8. 

The demo includes four quests: basic training that focuses on the new gadget-like Wirebugs, Wyvern riding training highlighting the new mounting system, a beginner hunt targeting the raptor-like Great Izuchi, and an intermediate hunt starring the bubbly leviathan Mizutsune. If past demos are anything to go by, other monsters will likely be available in these quests as well. The bear-like Arzuros, for instance, was seen in the Wyvern riding quest. 

The demo hunts are both set in the Shrine Ruins map, and you’ll be able to bring a Palico and Palamute companion with you. All 14 weapons will be usable in the demo, and local and online multiplayer will also be available, though you’ll need to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber to play online. Note that you’ll only get to play the hunting quests solo a total of 30 times, so make the most of your attempts (and make alternate Nintendo accounts or play online if you really want to get around this limitation). 

The free limited time Monster Hunter Rise demo launches tonight and runs through January 31, giving players ample time to enjoy a sampling of this all-new Monster Hunter experience.

The demo provides players with numerous hunting options, including offline solo and (up to 4 player) offline local and online multiplayer gameplay using all 14 weapon types. The following modes and quests are available in the free demo:

Training – Learn the basics of monster hunting, including an introduction to the new Wirebug mechanic and Palamute riding. Solo play only.

Wyvern Riding – Enter an arena to experience Wyvern Riding, a new feature that allows hunters to ride and guide monsters for a period of time. Solo play only.

Beginner Quest: Great Izuchi – Ideal for first time players or hunters who need a refresher course. Solo play, local multiplayer and online multiplayer.

Intermediate Quest: Mizutsune – A fierce challenge for experienced players only. Solo play, local multiplayer and online multiplayer.

The demo provides hunters with a total of 30 quest attempts, which are shared between both (beginner and intermediate) quests. The Tutorial and Wyvern Riding training do not count against the 30 quest limit, but those modes cannot be accessed after the limit is reached.