The Pokemon GO formula has proven so versatile that it already fits into several other franchises. The imitators didn’t have any serious success, but now Capcom has taken a risk with its Monster Hunter series.
With the help of the makers of Pokemon GO Studio Niantic, Capcom announced Monster Hunter Now, an AR game that encourages you to get outside with your buddy and face incredible monsters in the real world.
In order to defeat the monsters, Monster Hunter Now players must team up with other users in groups of four in the role of hunters. You can also involve your friends in the process.
According to Monster Hunter Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, Niantic’s augmented reality technology provides a unique sense of presence on the hunt while paying tribute to Monster Hunter’s gameplay features.
Niantic Founder and CEO John Hanke added that Monster Hunter Now is full of “Fantastic Creatures, Exciting Hunting and Team Opportunities” and will offer “best mobile graphics”.
Monster Hunter Now is being made as accessible and convenient as possible. Found monsters are allowed to be marked with a color ball (if the game is closed, the Palico will do this automatically) to delay the fight until you return home.
Monster Hunter Now is expected to be released for iOS and Android in September 2023. The closed “beta” starts on April 25 – you can apply for it official site. The game will be distributed on a shareware model with microtransactions.