Monster Hunter Now: Release Date, Pre-Registration, Beta & Gameplay

We'll be going over the release date, pre-registration, beta test, and gameplay details of Capcom and Niantic's newest game, Monster Hunter Now.

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Get ready to jump into real-life hunting action in Monster Hunter Now. | © Capcom / Niantic

Capcom and Niantic have teamed up to develop a new augmented-reality mobile game called Monster Hunter Now.

Simply put, this novel title will allow players to live out their dreams of hunting monsters in real life. It combines Niantic's successful AR technology, as seen in Pokémon GO, with the familiar combat traits of Capcom's iconic Monster Hunter franchise.

You'll be able to explore the real world and engage with the many monsters in combat. Even if you aren't starting battles with horrifying beasts, you'll be able to team up with other players and gather resources or weapons.

Monster Hunter Now has been described as "the ultimate experience for anyone who has dreamed of facing off against epic monsters and battling them with friends." So, with such a big promise, it's no wonder why there's a lot of hype surrounding it.

What Is Monster Hunter Now's Release Date

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You'll be able to start playing Monster Hunter Now real soon. | © Capcom / Niantic

Monster Hunter Now will be released on September 14, 2023. It will be a global launch, so players in any country and region will be able to download the game once it is released.

Monster Hunter Now was recently soft-launched in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sweden. The game will be available for Android players only.

How To Pre-Register For Monster Hunter Now

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You can pre-register for Monster Hunter Now now. | © Capcom / Niantic

To pre-register for Monster Hunter Now, follow these steps.

  1. Visit the Monster Hunter Now website.
  2. Select the Pre-Register button in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose your app store (between Google Play or the App Store).
  4. Press Pre-Register.

Once you complete these steps, you will have pre-registered for the game. Alternatively, you could pre-register for the game directly through Google Play or the App Store.

Pre-registering for Monster Hunter Now will not only notify you when the game is available for download, but it will also make you eligible for the many milestone rewards you can get.

Upcoming Beta Tests For Monster Hunter Now

Monster Hunter Now last held a round of closed beta tests in June and July 2023. The first round of tests was held at the end of April and in May.

  • If you're itching to play some Monster Hunter, then we recommend playing the latest release in the iconic series - Monster Hunter Rise.

Monster Hunter Now Gameplay Includes Fighting Beasts And Exploration

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Monster Hunter Now will bring in elements from Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise. | © Capcom

Monster Hunter Now is set to be a one-handed portrait mode AR game -much like Niantic's Pokémon GO. But, if you want a gameplay experience reminiscent of Monster Hunter on PC, you will also be able to set it to landscape mode.

In this game, you will take the role of a hunter as you venture on a journey to find monsters and materials in the real world. You can enter battles by yourself or team up with others.

Combat remains a key gameplay component. Battles in Monster Hunter Now will last for a maximum of 75 seconds. Sakae Osumi, Senior Producer at Niantic's Tokyo studio, stated that they "wanted to make the combat element simple and intuitive, but still hard to master."

During battles, you will be able to switch between weapon classes depending on the monsters you face.

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Battle against ferocious beasts in Monster Hunter Now. | © Capcom / Niantic

Besides fighting head-on, you can also use a paintball item to tag monsters you discover in real life. This gives you the option to hunt them at home or at any other time if you wish. Your trusty Palico companions will be able to tag monsters automatically - even if you're offline.

The real world will be divided into several different ecological zones. Each comes with its own unique set of monsters and materials.

Multiplayer and integration with other Monster Hunter games are rumored to be in development.

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