Monster Hunter Rise and its newly announced “massive” expansion, Sunbreak, are coming to PC next year — but cross-save and cross-play with Nintendo Switch are not. Capcom offered transparency on social media about the situation, saying that, though developers looked into cross-play and cross-save between Nintendo Switch and PC for Monster Hunter Rise during development, it just is “unable to implement it this time.” Monster Hunter: World, available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, also does not feature cross-play, so at least series fans are kind of used to this disappointment.
We’ve heard your requests for Cross-Save / Cross-Play for #MHRise & #Sunbreak, but unfortunately, after looking into it throughout the development process, we found we are unable to implement it this time. As always, we appreciate your continued feedback and support.
— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) October 11, 2021
Capcom announced Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak during the 2021 Nintendo Direct with a summer 2022 release window on Switch and PC, and the base game will arrive on PC on January 12, 2022. Sunbreak will feature new monsters, locales, and gameplay elements, and the flagship monster of the expansion will be Malzeno, an imposing Elder Dragon. Shogun Ceanataur will also be returning. Otherwise, we are mostly still waiting to hear meaty details about the expansion.
If you already own the Switch release of Monster Hunter Rise and were hoping to take advantage of cross-play and cross-save when the PC version (and later Sunbreak) launches, well, those dreams are dashed. But the game is still a high-quality experience on Switch.