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Niantic is making a Monster Hunter action RPG with AR

Its bouts will include fighting that is akin to Pokémon Go’s for a maximum of 75 seconds.

For Android and iOS smartphones, Niantic is developing an augmented reality edition of Monster Hunter. It is a new venture of the company that is arguably best known for creating the widely successful AR game Pokémon Go. The business and Capcom have collaborated to produce Monster Hunter Now, which is a real-world hunting action role-playing game. Players will need to wander about with their devices to discover creatures to fight, much as in Pokémon Go and previous Niantic games such as the no longer available Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Users may also work in groups with strangers and close companions to create weapons and ammunition using the resources they collect.

The game will be available for free to play with in-app purchases, according to Polygon, which reports that Niantic and Capcom made the announcement during a press event. Players will be swiping and touching on their phone displays, and the fighting will be simplified similar to Pokémon Go’s. Gamers can battle one-handedly in portrait format. However, if they prefer the Monster Hunter adventure they’re accustomed to on PC and game systems, they can also combat creatures in landscape format.

The maximum combat duration for the smartphone version will only be 75 seconds, despite the franchise’s reputation for testing gamers with bouts that may continue for upwards of five minutes. According to Sakae Osumi, a senior producer at Niantic’s Tokyo office in which the title is still being created, the business hopes to condense Monster Hunter’s enjoyable combat into a less time-consuming affair.

Because players of smartphone games are already expected to move around, lengthy battles that are full-fledged may not be the best choice for these types of games. On the other hand, Monster Hunter Now will incorporate a feature that will enable players to “paintball tag” creatures that they come across in order to engage in combat with those creatures at their own leisure, either alone or alongside other players. Even when the application is not running, their Palico companions have the potential to tag creatures in a mechanical way.

Niantic is currently accepting registrations for the game’s upcoming private beta testing, which is scheduled to begin on April 25. Monster Hunter Now is scheduled to go live sometime in September of this year, assuming that everything goes according to plan and that the testing is successful.

The business claims that the game’s use of cutting-edge location-based innovation and augmented reality (AR) to superimpose imaginative and dangerous monsters onto the actual environment makes it possible for it to be created on Niantic’s Lightship infrastructure. Niantic will be responsible for marketing and licensing CAPCOM’s Monster Hunter Now. The app will now be available on Google Play and the App Store for download in September 2023. Next, registration will commence on for the firm’s private beta.

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