E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Will Have Cross-Regional Servers, Drop-In Multiplayer
Monster Hunter World
(Last Updated On: June 14, 2017)

One of the announcements that sort of slipped through the cracks like a dime through a loose floorboard was Capcom’s reveal of Monster Hunter World during Sony’s E3 press conference. The five minute announcement video revealed that the game is set to launch on the PlayStation 4 at some point in early 2018.

The five minute trailer aired during the early parts of Sony’s E3 press conference, which was fairly light on stats but heavy on trailers. It felt like one big, long, juicy commercial that you didn’t want to punch in the face. You can check out the Monster Hunter World trailer below.

Now even though the game’s debut trailer only showed one person moving around in the world like some kind of lonesome fella who got separated from his tribe and raised in the wilderness, the reality is that the game is supposed to be a drop-in and drop-out experience.

Strangely Capcom didn’t show any of the actual multiplayer segments of the game, instead focusing on the player’s ability to use the environment to camouflage and hide from certain monsters, as well as the ability to lure other monsters out of their lairs and into the territory of other dangerous beasts. That feature alone makes the game seem a lot more dynamic and emergent than other games in the series’ past.

The typical cooking and scavenging for supplies is also making a return. As revealed in the interview that took place during E3, we find out that the game is actually fully open-world and there will be no instanced areas.

The game also has a living and breathing ecosystem, as we see in the trailer where one of the monsters is already dead after being hunted by another group of monsters.

There will also be a series of new costume accessories that will allow players to camouflage to hide from monsters and also use costumes to lure monsters out of hiding, which is pretty cool.

They also announced that the game will feature cross-regional servers, so for the first time Japanese and American players will be joined together across the exact same servers in the game. It will be interesting to see how that all plays out. Four-player co-op will also be present and for the first time players will be able to have friends drop-into or out of the game using the new signal flare system, which indicates to other players to drop right into the middle of a hunt.

Monster Hunter World is due for release in early 2018 for the PS4.


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  • Raging Papist

    Yeah but… Where the hell is Dragons Dogma 2?

  • Raging Papist

    Yeah but… Where the hell is Dragons Dogma 2?

  • NoNoth

    I played the first FF online game when it was released and I would only play with Japanese players because the servers were shared. They were the best players and knew some amazing places to go to (that NA audiences avoided because they love the most populated spots).

    They were like a machine and were primarily the reason I stopped playing online games because I can’t stand NA players anymore.

  • NoNoth

    I played the first FF online game when it was released and I would only play with Japanese players because the servers were shared. They were the best players and knew some amazing places to go to (that NA audiences avoided because they love the most populated spots).

    They were like a machine and were primarily the reason I stopped playing online games because I can’t stand NA players anymore.

  • NoNoth

    I played the first FF online game when it was released and I would only play with Japanese players because the servers were shared. They were the best players and knew some amazing places to go to (that NA audiences avoided because they love the most populated spots).

    They were like a machine and were primarily the reason I stopped playing online games because I can’t stand NA players anymore.

  • ItEotWaWKI

    Rathalos does not take Deviljho. Nothing takes Daviljho. You run from the Devil Jaw.

    And obligatory “Ahh! I’ll buy it at a high price!

  • ItEotWaWKI

    Rathalos does not take Deviljho. Nothing takes Daviljho. You run from the Devil Jaw.

    And obligatory “Ahh! I’ll buy it at a high price!

  • VersVlees

    Cross region play is all fine and dandy. Lets just hope the net code is up for that task or we might end up with a For Honour experience.

  • Gorgon
    • Nice.

      I guess those details get missed sometimes when they try to corral all that info into a platform specific conference.

  • tajlund

    I usually strongly dislike any form of multiplayer, but this sounds pretty decent. I’ve heard that the multiplayer in MH has always been done really well in the past, so I might risk this. I’ve just found regular multiplayer to be such a toxic experience I just generally avoid it altogether.

    • SevTheBear

      Have played it on PSP and Wii. It’s good co-op fun and that we get it on PS4 and PC is a match made in heaven

      • Wisdomcube2000

        Having played it on the PS2, PSP, 3DS, and the Wii, I can also confirm that MH has had pretty good multiplayer over the years.

        The formula was getting REALLY stale for me though, so this fresh take on MODERN FUCKING SYSTEMS (Xbox, PS4, PC) is looking great. I’m not usually a graphics whore, but god damn was I tired of the handheld graphics lol.

        • NIGHT FORCE

          As somebody who only played it on 3DS I’m just happy we get to play with a regular controller.

          Graphics are a big bonus too though.

      • Wisdomcube2000

        Having played it on the PS2, PSP, 3DS, and the Wii, I can also confirm that MH has had pretty good multiplayer over the years.

        The formula was getting REALLY stale for me though, so this fresh take on MODERN FUCKING SYSTEMS (Xbox, PS4, PC) is looking great. I’m not usually a graphics whore, but god damn was I tired of the handheld graphics lol.