Monster Hunter Wilds gameplay trailer shows off new environmental effects

Monster Hunter Wilds gameplay trailer shows off new environmental effects
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Lloyd Coombes & Dani Cross

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7th Jun 2024 23:55

After the success of Monster Hunter Rise and World, we've finally got a first look at Monster Hunter Wilds, the next game in Capcom's long-running series.

Monster Hunter Wilds is the latest in the popular franchise from Capcom. I'm a big fan of the newest Monster Hunter games, so this looks right up my street. Let's dive into everything we've learned from the trailer shown at Summer Game Fest.

Monster Hunter Wilds platforms

Monster Hunter Wilds is the next big Monster Hunter game, following in the footsteps of World and Rise. The game will be playable on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam.

Creatures from Monster Hunter Wilds.
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Wilds is currently scheduled to launch at some point in 2025, but we don't have a specific date right now.

We won't be getting any more info about the game until summer 2024, according to Capcom, so you'll have to be patient if you want to see any more footage from the game.

Monster Hunter Wilds gameplay details

The reveal trailer for Monster Hunter Wilds shows a large open space filled with creatures. It looks like a much bigger area, with more dense wildlife than we're used to.

We'll also be able to ride a new creature across the map - some kind of bird thing that you can glide around on. It looks to be an evolution of Monster Hunter Rise's riding mechanics that made traversing the map much easier.

The trailer also showed some dramatic weather conditions, with a sandstorm rolling in and covering the entire area. It's possible the weather could dictate how your hunts will go, or perhaps certain monsters might only show up in certain weather conditions. We don't know much for now, so we can only speculate.

That was followed up by a new gameplay trailer from State of Play May 2024, which again showcases things like sandstorms, while also highlighting things like environmental traps.

We also got our first look at true gameplay, focusing on the greatsword and seemingly showing the ability to trigger a sort of "quick time event" right at the end. New gameplay feature or just some trailer trickery?

The latest trailer, shown at Summer Game Fest, sticks to the sand environment we've seen plenty of so far, with a Monster that can fly out of the sand, or wrap itself around a rock structure.

We'll find out more soon, with a new trailer expected at Gamescom Opening Night Live.

For more Monster Hunter Wilds, visit our homepage, which we'll update as more info comes in. Additionally, you can check out our Monster Hunter Rise Monsters Guide to see what creatures you can hunt in the latest game.

Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes
Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.
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