Today during a digital event, Capcom announced that Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will arrive on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam simultaneously with a release date of July 9, 2021. True to its name, this is a game that leans much more into story than, say, the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise. Additionally, the game will offer co-op multiplayer quests, and a Deluxe Edition will include various extra outfits and bonuses detailed in the image below. There is a preorder bonus outfit as well, also demonstrated below.
Your grandfather, Red, was a skilled “Rider,” and now it’s your turn to strut your stuff in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. A friend named Kayna will evidently help you learn the ropes. You have a Kinship Stone that allows you to “form strong bonds with monsters,” and players can “gain experience and improve their skills to form deeper connections with these wonderful creatures.” At some point presumably early on, there is a Rathalos egg that gets discovered, and once it hatches, the big conflict is whether this adorable little dragon will become a valued friend or a horrific destroyer.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin receiving a simultaneous Nintendo Switch and PC release date is surprising, but series fans who don’t own a Switch will be quite pleased. The graphics look vibrant and anime-ish regardless, and I honestly prefer it to the more realistic style of Monster Hunter Rise. Tell us what you think of the next Monster Hunter game and its not-so-distant release date.