And, very soon, you will get to see why. Per a special stream today, developer Niantic and IP owner Capcom confirmed that the mobile game will be landing on September 14, and pre-registration (complete with tiered-bonuses) starts today. Register to be a part of the process here.
So how do those rewards work? Put simply, everyone who pre-registers will get special in-game bonuses when the game launches – and those rewards increase as more players pre-register. A rising tide lifts all ships, as they say.
Pre-registration bonuses include:
- 500,000 people: Potion x10 and Paintball x3
- 1,000,000: Founder Medal and Wander Pebble x3
- 2,000,000: Special pre-order Makeup x2 and 500-slot Item Box Expansion
- 3,000,000: Special pre-order Makeup x2 and Double Rewards Ticket x3
- 5,000,000: 10k Zenny and ANOTHER 500-slot Item Box Expansion!
In terms of what gameplay the title actually offers you, I summed it up in my preview:
The core loop – hunt, carve, upgrade, repeat – is intact, wholesale. Find a monster, kill it, hammer its body parts into your gear, and get back in the field. Break its horns or slice off its tail and get better drops, level up quicker. Monster Hunter Now doesn’t interfere with the formula that’s sold 22 million games. Good.
But how you go about doing that, how you make your hunter slide and roll and hop and cut and carve, that’s the impressive thing here. Like spinning and tossing your PokeBall, it’s all done with your index finger: swipe to left or right to dodge, swipe up or down to advance or retreat, tap to attack, hold to charge, or block. And you can manually tilt your handset to aim your bow or ranged weapon, if that’s your thing (but I really can’t stand motion controls). Simple! So simple even the non-Monster Hunter players in my session were dancing around and interrupting monster attacks like they’d been playing since Monster Hunter Tri by the time we had to give the phones back.
And what monsters will you be hunting? Lucky for you, I've got a complete list (at least, complete for the launch of the game) right here: Great Jagras, Kulu-Ya-Ku, Pukei-Pukei, Barroth, Great Girros, Tobi Kadachi, Jyuratodus, Paolumu, Anjanath, Rathian, Legiana, Rathalos, Diablos.
And what weapons can you use? There are far fewer than in the base game, but it's likely the developer will add more in time. So far, confirmed weapons include: Sword & Shield, Great Sword, Long Sword, Hammer, Light Bowgun, Bow.