Monster Hunter Rise second limited-time demo launches March 11, first free title update in late April

Chameleos and more monsters to join the fray.

Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom will release a second limited-time demo for Monster Hunter Rise on March 11, and the first free title update for the main game in late April, the company announced during the Monster Hunter Digital Event.

Users who already downloaded the January-released demo will be able to update to the new demo, which will reset the number of tries available. In addition to the four main quests available in the January demo, the new demo will also include a Magnamalo hunt.

The first free title update due out in late April will add Chameleos alongside several other new monsters, as well as unlock the Hunter Rank cap and related features. Future updates to be dated will add even more monsters to hunt.

Get the latest details below, via Capcom.

During today’s Monster Hunter Digital Event, members of the development team for Monster Hunter Rise shared new information, a trailer, and gameplay looks for this upcoming Nintendo Switch title. Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and Monster Hunter Rise director Yasunori Ichinose provided an in-depth look at the game’s new Rampage quest type, game feature details, and confirmation of a second demo releasing on March 11 ahead of the game’s March 26 release.

Players received a detailed look at the new Rampage quest type in Monster Hunter Rise. Hunters must work with the citizens of Kamura Village to prepare their defensive installations and guard the Stronghold barricades against waves of invading monsters, including any Apex monsters that may arrive during the siege.

A number of new gameplay feature details were revealed for Monster Hunter Rise today. In addition to the initial “Silkbind Attacks” available to all 14 weapon types, hunters will unlock new “Switch Skills” for each weapon as they progress through the game. By swapping out these new skills with existing Silkbind or regular attacks, players can create all new combos and strategies that match their preferred playstyle. Monster Hunter Rise will also include dynamic difficulty scaling for multiplayer, which automatically adjusts as new players enter and exit a hunt. The new “Hunter Connect” feature will allow players to create tags with their objectives and playstyle, search for other players with the same tags or invite friends to any tags they have joined. Upon completing a quest in multiplayer, players will also be able to like the other hunters in their party, and increase the likelihood of finding each other in matchmaking. Finally, players can capture their heroic accomplishments and the vibrant beauty of Monster Hunter Rise with the camera feature.

The Digital Event also revealed a new trailer recapping the numerous new monsters and environments coming in Monster Hunter Rise, and featured fan-favorite monsters Zinogre and Nargacuga. Eagle-eyed hunters could also catch a glimpse of a new threat looming over Kamura, alongside the mischievous Elder Dragon Chameleos, which will be one of multiple monsters arriving in post-launch updates following the game’s release later this month.

Players looking for more hands-on time with Monster Hunter Rise can participate in the second limited-time demo releasing on March 11. The demo will feature a higher difficulty hunt against the flagship monster Magnamalo for seasoned hunters, in addition to the four quests available in the January demo. Players who participated in the January demo will have their quest counter reset, and be able to dive back in to test their mettle against the Wyvern of Malice!

Monster Hunter Rise is due out for Switch on March 26 worldwide and PC in early 2022.

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