A demo for Monster Hunter Rise, the upcoming Nintendo Switch unique, will likely be launched Thursday evening, Capcom introduced in a livestream this morning. The firm additionally revealed particulars concerning the free demo, confirmed off new and fan-favorite monsters like Tigrex, and revealed a characteristic referred to as wyvern driving, which is strictly what it feels like.

After a brief trailer, the stream opened with a showcase of one of many recreation’s places. Monster Hunter Rise will take gamers to a new space referred to as the Frost Islands, an icy locale with underground caverns and frozen walkways.

The Frost Islands are residence to a number of new monsters, in addition to some who by no means made it to Monster Hunter: World. Goss Harag is a new bearlike monster that may create ice blades on its arms. Khezu is a returning monster that lives in caves, with its creepy, pale pores and skin and stretchy neck. The Great Baggi, the chicken wyvern, can also be again. Lagombi, the icy monster that slides on its stomach, is one other previous monster that can make an look in Rise. Finally, Mizutsune — who makes bubbles across the setting to assault Hunters — returns to Monster Hunter in Rise.

Barioth and Tigrex, two fan-favorites added to Monster Hunter: World by way of the Iceborne growth, can even seem in Rise.

The monster showcase for Rise additionally previewed Magnamalo, Monster Hunter Rise’s flagship creature. Magnamalo is a lion-shaped beast with no wings and a sharp coat of armor. It can cowl its physique in purple flames and launch them at gamers.

The Wire Bug is considered one of Monster Hunter Rise’s latest options, providing Hunters new assaults and mobility choices. But the stream confirmed off considered one of its most fun makes use of but: wyvern driving. Players can soar on varied monsters’ backs, controlling them for a temporary time. Hunters can pressure their mounted monster to assault different beasts throughout monster-on-monster fight, or run them into partitions, beautiful them immediately.

Capcom additionally previewed a few of the recreation’s characters — together with a palico NPC/cat murderer — and its new coaching space.

The demo of Monster Hunter Rise, which will likely be out there by way of Jan. 31, will characteristic a number of missions. Two coaching missions — together with one all about wyvern driving — will likely be out there alongside hunts for 2 totally different monsters: Great Izuchi and Mizutsune. The demo can even embody on-line play and a probability for gamers to check out all 14 Monster Hunter weapon varieties, to see how they’ve modified in Rise.

Capcom will launch Monster Hunter Rise solely for the Nintendo Switch on March 26.