At last week’s Game Awards, Monster Hunter: World Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto teased some forthcoming news that he indicated would «make everyone happy.» This morning, in a Special Developer Update, fans had this statement clarified as a slew of Monster Hunter: World-related announcements were revealed.
These included a crossover event that will bring The Witcher‘s Geralt of Rivia to Capcom’s action RPG and news that the game will be free to play on PS4 until December 17.
Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled for release in early 2019, and it was announced at the Developer Update with a brief trailer.
In the teaser, fans got a glimpse at Geralt walking through Monster Hunter: World‘s landscapes and standing against some of its beasts, including Diablos, Paolumu, and Teostra.
Additionally, the trailer establishes how Geralt has found himself in this strange world of giant monsters, showing him dropping in through a portal. «And folk wonder why I hate ’em,» the Witcher says with his characteristic nonchalance.
Fans of The Witcher series are certain to recall Geralt’s disdain for these magical gateways, as well as their ability to transport those that pass through them to different realms.
While little more concrete information can be gleaned from the trailer, Capcom has indicated that this crossover will give players an opportunity to use the White Wolf’s monster hunting prowess to «take on a unique quest line in Monster Hunter: World.»
In the past, these types of collaborations have often been, more or less, the addition of a collectible cosmetic that can be acquired by slaying monsters and farming materials. For example, players have had the opportunity to transform their characters into Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s Aloy and Dante from Devil May Cry by completing limited time events.
However, it seems that Capcom has a bit more planned with this one. There is currently no indication that Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will bring new monsters to the game, however, a quest line that offers a new dimension to the game is certain to be an exciting prospect for many fans.
To suggest that this is the announcement Tsujimoto was referencing at The Game Awards may be a bit of a stretch. That said, it is just one from this morning’s Developer Update. While many players are likely to have their eyes on the newly announced «Iceborne» expansion, pitting Geralt against some of Monster Hunter: World‘s meanest monsters may help keep them occupied until it comes.