Just as when we think that the Monster Hunter franchise could not get any different, but only to improve upon existing formula that made the franchise a success since its initial release back on the PlayStation 2, we were proven wrong by being presented with a spin-off game title based on the franchise with Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village on PSP a few years ago, a Patapon-gameplay inspired game based on the Monster Hunter franchise starring the Felynes.
Jump to the present, we are now presented with another Monster Hunter game but not the ones we know of. Introducing Monster Hunter Stories on the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. According to the source, the game was unveiled by Capcom during the recent event called as “Monster Hunter Fest ‘15 Finals” with the hint of it being an RPG, not like the usual Monster Hunter we used to know and love. To get a glimpse of the initial trailer of the game, play on the video below:
The most obvious difference of this game from the traditional Monster Hunter franchise is the graphics with its cel-shaded looks as seen on the protagonist along with his companion, a felyne, whose looks are comparable to the designs of games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, if not better.
While there is much yet to be disclosed in terms of the actual gameplay of the game, Ryozo Tsujimoto, Monster Hunter producer, mentioned about the concept of the game focusing on “riders” instead of “hunters” this time around and will be a role-playing game about these riders and the monsters of the Monster Hunter world.
As of the present, the game is still “in the middle of development” and will be slated for release sometime in 2016 in Japan, according to Tsujimoto.