Monster Hunter Stories 2, Capcom's second entry in the RPG-centric spinoff of the main action franchise, is due out in 2021.
This time, the plot centres around a flightless Rathalos. Here's all we know.
E3 Update - June 14
Capcom debuted a new lengthy Monster Hunter Stories 2 trailer and announced a Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo available June 25.
The demo carries save progress over to the main game when it releases July 9.
Capcom also announced Monster Hunter Stories 2 DLC in the form of Title Updates. The first is July 15 and adds Palamutes as new Monsties.
Check out the Monster Hunter Stories 2 trailer below:
E3 Update - June 14
Capcom's E3 presentation will kick off in just a few hours, airing at 2:30pm PST / 5:30pm EST / 10:30pm BST / 11:30pm CEST.
We're expecting news on Monster Hunter Stories 2, with a trailer likely. We may even hear more about the PC version.
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Players can jump into the action on July 9th, 2021.
Those with Monster Hunter: Rise save data will earn bonuses, too - including the Kamura outfit.
The game will launch as a Nintendo Switch console exclusive, and will also be available on PC.
Check out the story trailer below:
Turn-based combat is back, and this time around players can target specific parts of opponents.
Battle Buddies are also new, adding new party members and their own 'monsties' - the helpful monsters you'll collect.
Players can also combine traits from monsties to help create their own.
Check out the gameplay deep-dive below:
Towards the end of February, there were some notable interviews published which shed some light on new information surrounding the title.
Speaking to Famitsu, Tsujimoto noted that the battle system will be elevated, and suggested that players should look forward to an upcoming announcement when pressed about PvP.
In an interview with Game Watch Impress, he noted that the first game had an impressive reception from fans and that players have wanted a sequel for some time, while also noting that the second game would skew less towards younger players and more towards a broader appeal.
As you can imagine, there are more monsters to recruit this time around, while also teasing crossover content for players also picking up Monster Hunter: Rise, which was announced in the same Nintendo Direct.
Finally, when speaking to 4Gamer, it was revealed that Monster Hunter Stories 2 will offer a self-contained narrative, meaning players don't have to be familiar with the first game's story, although Tsujimoto was coy on whether characters from the first game would return.
Capcom has outlined their post-launch plans for Monster Hunter Stories 2, confirming this will bring five additional free updates until October 2021. The first comes on July 15, which adds Monster Hunter Rise's Palamute as a ridable Monstie.
Title Update 2 launches on August 5, introducing the gilded Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth within a new co-op quest. Kulve Taroth won't be a ridable Monstie, but Capcom confirm her quest offers materials for crafting "powerful new equipment". This will also bring in Hellblade Glavenus and Boltreaver Astalos as additional Monsties.
Title Update 3 arrives in early September, adding Soulseer Mizutsune, Elderfrost Gammoth, and Oroshi Kirin as new Monsties.
Title Update 4 comes in late September, adding Dreadking Rathalos and Molten Tigrex as new Monsties. Kulve Taroth will also return in a new high-difficulty co-op quest, said to offer "even greater rewards".
Finally, October's Title Update 5 includes Silver Rathalos and Gold Rathian, while Capcom has also teased the arrival of a special mysterious monster, part of a "highly difficult" co-op quest that, much like Kulve Taroth, offers materials for crafting powerful equipment.