Today, Nintendo held a Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentation, focused on third-party games, and it kicked off with the reveal of two new games in the Monster Hunter series. After heading to other platforms with Monster Hunter World, the series is returning to Nintendo platforms with two new games coming in 2021.
First, there's Monster Hunter Rise, a more traditional-looking title in the series, tasking the player with the goal of hunting multiple different monsters. Capcom is promising "fresh new gameplay twists", and naturally, new monsters compared to previous games in the series, such as the Aknosom and the gigantic Magnamalo. Some of the new features include a new dog-like companion for players and new ways to traverse the environment, such as the ability to climb and run up walls and a hook-like item called Wirebug that lets players gain some altitude during navigation and combat.
The other new title is Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. This is a sequel to Monster Hunter Stories, a game that debuted on the Nintendo 3DS and emphasizes the game's story with a more RPG-like gameplay style. The game uses a different visual style, opting for more cartoon-like graphics instead of the more photorealistic look of the mainline games.
Both titles are coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2021, with Monster Hunter Rise arriving on March 26. Monster Hunter Stories 2 will launch a while later, sometime in the summer of 2021.