From its humongous roofs with giant, extending eaves to meals akin to onigiri and sweet apples, the brand new Japanese-inspired setting in Monster Hunter Rise is gorgeous. It’s not simply the structure and delicacies that takes its cue from feudal Japan, nevertheless—the brand new monsters are additionally impressed by Japanese folklore. Taking cues from the event group’s dwelling nation and tradition, all of those influences weave collectively to set the sport other than earlier entries within the Monster Hunter collection, explains Rise’s recreation director, Yasunori Ichinose.
“The compositions and what we categorical with the maps we create have been altering in every iteration of the collection,” says Ichinose.
For Rise, particularly, the stage and map ideas have been a fusion of artificial buildings and pure objects. Within the recreation’s locales, yow will discover many of those synthetic constructions blended into the encircling environments. The temples and shrines in Shrine Ruins is an instance. It’s a lush inexperienced forest that was a holy floor for prayer, however has since been deserted and left to decay as monsters roam the realm. The Flooded Forest accommodates historic ruins which are submerged in a relentless stream of water that covers all the discipline, with monsters mendacity underwater. Massive dragon bones and the stays of a big Dragonship relaxation within the middle of Frost Islands, that are left over from a struggle between heroes and a large dragon that when used the islands as its nest. “We tried to precise that the ecology of monsters is intently associated to the world through which folks reside,” explains Ichinose.
The Japanese design affect may be seen all through the sport, together with the principle hub space of Kamura Village. Pink cherry blossom flowers, which symbolize the approaching of spring and the renewal of life, are everywhere in the village. There are very giant feudal Japanese temples within the background as nicely. Kamura Village additionally resembles one other place within the collection referred to as Yukumo Village, which was launched within the 2010 Japan-exclusive Monster Hunter Transportable third for the PlayStation Transportable.
Whereas gamers can’t go to Yukumo Village in Rise, and it’s not related to Kamura Village in any respect within the recreation, they’re each impressed by the identical Japanese tradition. Moreover, the alphabets utilized in Kamura are literally the identical ones utilized in Yukumo. This means that maybe each villages share comparable cultures and will really be in shut proximity with one another, geographically talking.
The residents of Kamura who slay the harmful monsters, often known as the Hunters, have ninja-inspired outfits as their default beginning gear, which might then get replaced with quite a lot of armor created from the carved elements of defeated monsters. Hunters have kunai and shuriken, that are small sharp throwing weapons utilized by ninjas, strapped to their outfits. Capcom included ninja design components into the world of Rise as a result of the group thought the idea can be simple to grasp, since ninjas are well-known globally by means of manga and anime.
Reinventing Journey and Meals
The ninja motif extends to the traversal in Monster Hunter Rise as nicely. One of many greatest elements of the sport is its verticality. Hunters are outfitted with Wirebugs, which can be utilized to propel them ahead, provoke wall leaping, and droop themselves in midair. This sort of motion is well-liked in japanese media. For instance, From Software program’s 2019 title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice embraced verticality by permitting gamers to scale giant buildings—a departure from the studio’s different titles akin to Bloodborne and Darkish Souls. Moreover, Sekiro’s fundamental character, Wolf, has a grappling hook just like the Hunters’ Wirebugs in Rise. Ninjas are identified for being fast, “so we added some nimble movement to make for enjoyable actions, akin to wall working and Wirebug strikes,” says Ichinose.
One other methodology of journey within the recreation is the brand new Palamute canines. Hunters can journey them throughout the huge and open battlegrounds to catch as much as monsters with out utilizing up any stamina. Canines have lengthy been part of Japanese tradition in the actual world and have been good searching companions—not solely in Japan. The Akita, for instance, guarded royalty in feudal Japan and in addition helped observe down wild prey. The highly regarded Shiba Inu breed may drive away smaller animals and hunt wild boar, however now are identified primarily in Japan as nice companion pets. Ichinose provides that the “Palamutes launched in Rise are canine companions, so we’ve included searching canine components, plus they’re dependable buddies who will assist your hunt along with Palicoes.”
The Palico felines, first launched in Monster Hunter: World, return in Rise as nicely. They’ll fulfill quite a lot of assist roles throughout battle, however maybe they’re finest identified for his or her excessive showiness within the kitchen. In Kamura Village, there are loads of Japanese meals round, akin to mochi, sweet apples, and onigiri. Palicos may be seen pounding the mochi, which is then utilized in dango recipes (candy rice dumplings well-liked in Japanese delicacies).
Meals is a giant a part of the gameplay and the general worldbuilding in Monster Hunter Rise. Within the kitchen space, gamers can choose as much as three items of dango. Every bit gives a buff for the Hunter, be it additional resistance to sure components like fireplace and electrical injury, or quicker HP restoration when consuming a potion.