After hitting on huge success with Pokémon Go, developer Niantic has basically been adapting the same idea to dozens of different brands. Have you seen those ads for the NBA version on Instagram, for example? Now you too can take on Steph Curry and LeBron James in your local neighbourhood – or something.
We suppose, given its impressive worldwide popularity, Monster Hunter makes sense. Developed in conjunction with Capcom, Monster Hunter Now is basically promising that tried and trusted Niantic gameplay loop: you’ll walk around, discover monsters, and battle them on your phone – all while the developer collects valuable data, of course.
The game’s due out in September, but there will be a closed beta test starting on 25th April – that’s next week – and you can find out how to sign up through here. Will you be giving this a go, or are you over the AR gameplay concept for now? Walk 5,000 steps to fight a Rathalos in the comments section below.
Didn't they make multiple of these all to no success
why keep doing it
@MayaMousavi Money. (Is your avatar Jolyne by the way?)
I bet this will be near enough identical to the Jurassic World version.
@get2sammyb Didn't know there's still money to be made in Augmented reality games. every company is doing gacha games now, way more profitable (Damn right)
Somewhat intrigued, but would have liked a summer release date
Oh goodie, another fan base for Niantic to ignore
I hope there's no exclusive monsters that actually look cool and fun to fight, but will never see the light of day on a real console entry like some of the other mobile games had
Considering how badly Niantic treat the Pokemon Go fanbase I will be avoiding this like the plague.
How will the AR version of being carted by a bunch of cats work?
@NEStalgia This may convince me to download it lol. Just the cats.
This is going to end up like the Harry Potter game they did a few years ago. Niantic thinks they can ad AR to any IP and it will be a success like Pokemon Go. Sorry but if it didn't do well with Harry Potter, I can't see it doing well for Monster Hunter.
@Tasuki Amazing that Pokego had people wandering into the Fukushima exclusion zone to catch rare pokemon just because it appeared on their map, yet nobody will touch anything else. IDK if it's just that Pokemon has so much more appeal than literally anything else, or if it just has the virtue of being "first" and in viral social trends, first is the only thing that matters at all.
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