Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak hits PC on June 30

Fans eagerly awaiting Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on PC have something to look forward to again this year after the reveal of the expansions release date.

According to Capcom, PC users will only have to wait a little more after the much-awaited extension is scheduled to hit the shelves on June 30, 2022; just six months after the desktop edition of the game was launched. (Read: What Monster Hunter Rise’s excellent PC port could mean for Japanese games on the platform)

Sunbreak, which will be the first massive expansion for the franchise’s latest installment in the monster-action role-playing series, will feature new story content, locales, monsters, and gameplay mechanics. A new hunter rank difficulty-level will also be introduced and will be called “Master Rank”.

“As the hunter who saved Kamura from calamity, you must now journey to the far-off reaches of Elgado, an outpost near a Kingdom beset by a sinister new nemesis—the elder dragon Malzeno,” stated Capcom in a brief description of the game on their website.

A new place called The Citadel will be the primary setting. According to  the 20-minute game trailer, the fresh environment will introduce new breathtaking views “ranging from lush forests to icy mountains”. 

As part of the new story content, numerous fresh characters will also be introduced in the story. Users will meet new allies in the new outpost of Elgado, an outpost of the Kingdom home to anyone sworn to protect humankind. 

Knights of the Royal Order Admiral Galleus and Florayne will join users in their hunt for monsters; Outpost Scientist Bahari will serve as the outpost researcher; Quest Damsel Chichae will be in charge of giving tasks; the blacksmith Minayle will be in charge of upgrading weapons and armor; and the merchant Oboro will serve as trader and crafter of items, traps, and potions. 

On the other hand, inhabiting the new location are new monsters users will face along the story. There are a total of six new monsters that will serve as adversaries in the expansion. The Three Lords, namely the elder-dragon Malzeno, the boulder-shaped Garangolm, and the icy wolf-like Lunagaron, will be the main antagonists; while new and returning subspecies Astalos, Blood Orange Bishaten, and Shogun Ceanataur also await. 

For the gameplay mechanics, new silkbind moves have been added for each of the weapons available for use. Wall Running is also improved so users no longer need to perform Wiredash when climbing walls. 

All features will also be available in the Nintendo Switch version, and unlike the PC launch date of Rise coming months after its release on the handheld device, Sunbreak will be out on both platforms all over the world at the same date.

Users should note though that in order to play the Sunbreak expansion, they should have a copy of the base game Monster Hunter Rise first. However, a game bundle which includes the base game and DLC altogether will also be available at the date of release. A digital, physical, and deluxe edition of the expansion will all be available as well.

Facebook blurb: With just two months after the Monster Hunter Rise was released on PC, fans of the game have something to look forward to again this year after news broke that the expansion of the game is set to be released very soon. 

Twitter blurb: With just two months after the Monster Hunter Rise was released on PC, fans of the game have something to look forward to again this year after news broke that the expansion of the game is set to be released very soon. 

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