Monster Riders and Monster Hunters Working Together
The Monster Hunter franchise is legendary for having hordes of enormous and dangerous monsters that the player can hunt in thrilling battles in exchange for crafting resources and bragging rights. It’s not exactly known for letting you ride the monsters. This is a terrible oversight and we’re glad to see that Capcom has corrected that in the Monster Hunter Stories spin-offs. The upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which focuses on a young Monster Rider who uses a Kinship Stone to form strong bonds with monsters–including the young Rathalos dubbed Razewing Ratha. That premise sounds like it could support a game by itself, but Wings of Ruin goes one step further by bringing back Lilia and Reverto from the original game… as antagonists on a mission to capture Ratha before it can activate the terrible power foretold in the prophecy of the Wings of Ruin. But hey, it’s still nice to see them again.
Of course, Lilia and Reverto aren’t the only ones after Razewing Ratha, and the group of Hunters and Riders hot on their heels are planning to use Ratha’s power for evil. Your bond with Ratha may be the only thing that can save the world from the Wings of Ruin… or it could be the reason everything falls apart. Are you willing to take that risk? Of course you are! Prophecy shmophecy, who wouldn’t want to hang out with a baby dragon, even if that dragon might grow up to end the world?
The Monster Hunter Digital Event gave us a look at the strategic elements that will factor into the game’s turn-based combat. The three attack types from the first game, Power, Speed, and Technical, will be making a return, but players will also be mastering different types of weapons, different elements, and skills. In true Monster Hunter style, learning the attack patterns of a monster will help you counter its blows. You can also stop enemies in their tracks by targeting specific body parts or team up with Monsties and other Battle Buddy characters to unleash devastating Kinship Attacks. Sounds like fun to us!
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will be available on July 9th for PC and Nintendo Switch.