Will Monster Hunter Rise come to PC?
Monster Hunter Rise is now available—but only on the Nintendo Switch for the time being. Rise “strikes an impressively delicate balance” between the styles of classic Monster Hunter and the newer Monster Hunter: World, according to our friends at GamesRadar+, and I’m looking forward to experiencing that mix for myself when Monster Hunter Rise for PC. When is the big question?
Monster Hunter Rise, like Monster Hunter World before it, will be released on PC. However, it will be a long wait. Here’s all we know about Monster Hunter Rise for PC edition.
When will Monster Hunter Rise be released on PC?
Monster Hunter Rise for PC is coming in early 2022, according to Capcom, and is currently “still very much in progress.”
That’s a big difference. Monster Hunter: World was released on consoles in January 2018, with the PC version following six and a half months later in August. That’s at least a ten-month wait if Monster Hunter Rise for PC is released on PC in early 2022. Why does it seem to be taking so long? According to leaks from late last year, Capcom and Nintendo addressed Monster Hunter Rise exclusivity terms, which may have influenced when the game was revealed and published for PC. However, it’s possible that this PC port would take a lot longer than Monster Hunter: World.
PC Requirement will Monster Hunter Rise have?
Despite some early problems, the PC version was a significant improvement over the console version. World clocked in at under 30 frames per second on the base consoles, and about 40 frames per second on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. The PC release was difficult to run at 1080p, 60 fps on 2018 hardware at peak settings, but the unlocked frame rate meant powerful rigs could drive the game well beyond the console version’s performance and graphics quality. Later, Capcom released a high-resolution texture pack for PC, which significantly improved the blurry low-res weapon and clothing textures.
Capcom will have to apply this care to the entire game in Rise. Rise was designed to look nice at the Switch’s handheld 720p or docked 1080p (and it currently runs at 960×540 or 1344756 before being upscaled), despite the fact that today’s PCs are vastly more powerful than the Nintendo Switch. How well can that translate to a PC version capable of running at up to 4K resolution?
Capcom had a reasonably simple job when it came to porting World to the PC. That was a game designed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, both of which have x86 architectures identical to the PC. World had some problems when it first came out—it was CPU intensive, and the UI didn’t translate perfectly to mouse and keyboard. A fan patch by well-known modder Kaldaien supported World’s CPU load and prevented alt-tab crashes. Capcom did keep patching World over time, polishing the PC release to a fine shine and obviating the need for patches like Kaldaien’s.
I’m confident that Rise would look fantastic on PC. Rise, like Monster Hunter: World, is based on Capcom’s RE Engine, which was also used in Resident Evil 7, as well as the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3. Over the last few years, Capcom has shown how adaptable the RE Engine is, so it would make sense for all of Rise’s assets to be built with a higher fidelity PC release in mind.
Capcom was already preparing to ensure Rise was programmed with potential mouse/keyboard customization and UI navigation in mind, as well as uncapped framerates and resolutions higher than 1080p, according to leaks from last November. Texture filtering, anti-aliasing, V-Sync options, anisotropic filtering, and fullscreen/windowed/borderless options are among the graphical features expected in a Monster Hunter Rise for PC release, according to the leaks. The leak also mentions 21:9 ultrawide support, which is a cool premium touch.
None of this is shocking for a PC game being produced in 2020, but it’s still cool to see the fundamentals of a Nintendo Switch port being planned. Monster Hunter Rise for PC can take a long time to arrive, but once it does, it should be a significant improvement. And, hopefully, it’ll arrive with all of Capcom’s Rise on Switch updates expected for the coming year.
Is Monster Hunter Rise Coming to PS and Xbox Consoles?
Monster Hunter Rise was recently released for the Nintendo Switch, and Capcom has announced a PC port, but will the RPG be released on other platforms as well?
Monster Hunter Rise is a new game for the Nintendo Switch that makes full use of the hybrid console’s capabilities. Although Monster Hunter Rise doesn’t look as good as Monster Hunter: World did when it first came out in 2018, it still looks great and handles online multiplayer extremely well. Capcom has announced that a PC port would be released in early 2022, but fans are still wondering whether Monster Hunter Rise will be released on consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Capcom created Monster Hunter Rise from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch, using the RE engine that was used to create Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 3 remake. There’s a slim possibility that, like other Nintendo-platform Monster Hunter games, this one will be released on Sony or Microsoft consoles.
Monster Hunter Rise is not only a Switch exclusive, but Capcom hasn’t listed any other releases besides PC. It’s designed to be played on the go, which explains the quick-play format. When opposed to World, accepting and completing a quest now takes a lot less time. It wouldn’t make sense for a game like this to be released on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S unless significant improvements were made to make it feel more like a home console game.
However, Capcom is known for releasing an expanded version of Monster Hunter games in the West, but because Rise was released simultaneously around the world, Capcom will simply continue to update the game with new monsters and storey content to fill in the gaps and keep players returning every few months. There’s a possibility that a version of the game with all of the DLC will be released as an ultimate bundle for home consoles, but fans will have to wait a while.
Since the Monster Hunter Rise for PC version will be released in 2022, Capcom will concentrate its efforts on ensuring that the port runs smoothly on Steam, ensuring that Monster Hunter fans do not have to deal with the issues that plagued the PC port of Monster Hunter: World.
Some fans may be saddened to learn that this game will most likely not be released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, but on the bright side, there will almost certainly be another entry similar to Monster Hunter: World that will bring the series back to those platforms. There are two Monster Hunter teams, one working on handheld games and the other on console games, so an announcement should be forthcoming shortly.
Monster Hunter Rise is now available on Nintendo Switch, with a PC port set to arrive in early 2022.
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