Capcom has confirmed that the first free title update for Monster Hunter Rise will add Chameleos, Apex Rathalos and “several new monsters.”
The update, version 2.0, will be made “available from the end of April,” and will also unlock the game’s Hunter Rank (HR) cap and other “related features.” More information about this and other title updates has been promised to be “revealed in the coming months.”
Chameleos is a whimsical Elder Dragon that likes to cause mischief before disappearing without a trace, while Apex Rathalos is an Apex Monster, which are particularly fierce monsters that drive the Rampage. They have punisher moves that can threaten to destroy Stronghold Gates and terrain in the Rampage Quests, with the game recommending that you take out an angered Apex as quickly as possible as they pose a massive threat.
In Monster Hunter Rise, you set out on an adventure from the colourful Kamura Village, which attracts visitors from around the world thanks to its “unique culture and innovative hunting technologies.”
After equipping your armour and selecting your weapon, all-new hunting grounds such as the ancient Shrine Ruins will offer “continuous gameplay” now that maps have no loading times meaning that as soon as your hunt begins without transitions between areas.
Monster Hunter Rise has introduced wire-based grappling actions that can be performed using the Wirebug while standing or in mid-air, allowing for more aerial maneuverability to your hunting strategies and attacks.
You will also have to confront Magnamalo, described as “a menacing new flagship monster that will present a formidable challenge to hunters of all skill levels.” There are also other new additions like the shape-shifting Aknosom, the amphibious Tetranadon and returning species from previous Monster Hunter games.
Monster Hunter Rise is now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.