Monster Hunter World is a game with a simple premise: explore the world, fight huge monsters, then turn them into your own weapons and armor. And as the first Monster Hunter in many, many years on a home console that isn’t the Wii U, Monster Hunter World has the potential to draw in even more players than any game in the series before. Whether this will be your first game in the series or you’re a returning veteran, we’ll cover Monster Hunter with in-depth guides and reviews throughout the coming weeks to help you take down the game’s biggest beasts and craft the best-looking gear.
In this roundup feature, you’ll find links out to all our most-relevant Monster Hunter content as it goes live, so check back for updates and Monster Hunter tips!
The final public beta has ended for Monster Hunter World, but its full release on Xbox One and PS4 is imminent. Set to launch on January 26, Monster Hunter World marks the end of the franchise’s long hiatus from home consoles. The latest entry in the series is also coming to PC, but Capcom hasn’t set a firm date for that launch yet. According to the game’s producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, the delay is because “rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not being able to have our full attention on it. We want to get console out the door, and then we’re going to take some extra time and try and get the PC version as good as possible.” The PC date is currently set for sometime this fall.
For PS4 and Xbox One users, Monster Hunter World will have an important day one patch that adds online multiplayer, event quests, chat, and other online features. In addition, the patch will fix some bugs and add series-favorite Poogies to the game. Additional space required for the patch will be approximately 815 MB.
Our full Monster Hunter World review is now online, in which we awarded the game an 8/10. “Ever since the title was first announced last year, it was clear that Capcom was gunning for something grander than Monster Hunter Generations. It has succeeded, and this is likely the biggest and best that the franchise has ever been. It’s not just the comparative depth of the narrative; it also boasts almost seamless integration between combat systems that were previously incomprehensible for amateurs. The Monster Hunter formula has definitely honed its claws, and all the above factors play their part in making Monster Hunter World a meaningful evolution for the series at large.”
Unfortunately, Capcom has confirmed that there are no plans for a Switch version of Monster Hunter World.
Pre-Order Bonuses and Special Editions
Pre-order bonuses: The Origin Set Armor (includes higher defense and gathering skills) and a Fair Wind Charm (increases your attack power). Details on how to get the accompanying bonuses are outlined here.
Digital Deluxe Edition ($70/￡57.99/$115 AUD) — includes a Samurai Set skin, three gestures, two sticker sets, and an additional face paint and hair style option. The PS4 version of the Digital Deluxe Edition also comes with 14 weapon-themed PSN avatars. All of these items will be available to purchase separately once the game launches.
Collector’s Edition ($150/$300 AUD) — includes a physical copy of the game, a voucher for the customization items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, a hardcover art book, a monster statue, and a code for a digital soundtrack, all housed in a collector’s box.
Monster Hunter World PS4 Pro ($450/£380/$660 AUD) — The special “Rathalos” edition of the console will also come with a red controller, pre-order bonuses, a physical copy of the game, and a special PS4 dynamic theme.
Guides And Armor
Are you new to the franchise (or is this your first game in a long time), here are our Monster Hunter World tips for beginners. And if you want to see some of the cool stuff you can uncock later in the game, check out some of the high-end armor and Palico outfits. You’ll be able to get your hands on those faster in many cases by not killing monsters–check out our guide on how to capture monsters.
Check out Monster Hunter World in action in the videos below.
One Last Hunt in the beta:
The Coral Highlands: