Nothing quite compares to stalking your prey in the Monster Hunter series – though it’s highly likely that the monsters may be doing the same – and that’s the fun of a game this addictive. With Monster Hunter Rise on Nintendo Switch, Capcom delivered yet another compelling monster-slaying romp, so it’s no surprise that fans are anticipating the release of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, a fully fledged expansion with new content. The previous game’s expansion, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, added a plethora of new monsters, a new area to explore, the intimidating Master Rank, and more. It seems like Capcom will be taking a similar approach with this expansion, so here’s everything we know so far about Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.
A new world
Monster Hunter tends to split up its world into zones, each with its own monsters, vegetation, and more. In the Monster Hunter Rise base game, we received six locations: Kamura Village (Hub World), Shrine Ruins, Flooded Forest, Frost Lands, Sandy Plains, and Lava Caverns. When the Iceborne expansion was released for Monster Hunter: World in 2019, new locations were added to the game, with, as the name implies, a heavy emphasis on landscapes covered with ice and sub-zero temperatures. In the same way, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak will be introducing some new locales to explore, with the only named location at the time of writing being Elgado, the expansion’s base of operations.
During the September 2021 Nintendo Direct trailer, we got a glimpse of some castle ruins, implying that we might be visiting some kind of fallen kingdom. The sun itself will likely play an integral role in the narrative, which directly follows on from Monster Hunter Rise‘s story and could potentially empower the creatures you desire to hunt in some way. However, this is entirely speculation, so we’ll have to wait and see.
More beasts to hunt
In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, 20 new monsters were added to the game, with 17 of them being large creatures to hunt, while the other 3 were on the smaller side. Right now, we don’t know how many monsters will be added to Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, but it’ll surely be a decent amount. At the moment, we know of three of these new creatures: Malzeno, Lanuagaron, and the Shogun Ceanataur. Here’s everything we know about these monsters in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak:
The Malzeno is the “flagship” monster of the upcoming expansion, playing an integral role in the game’s story due to its status as a powerful Elder Dragon. Capcom has revealed that the Malzeno supposedly sustains itself on the blood of other monsters, as seen in the expansion’s first trailer, meaning that its behavior in the wild is something to be wary of.
Then there’s the Lunagaron, which was revealed in last month’s Game Awards trailer. This monster is of the Ice element and belongs to the Fanged Wyvern class; it has similarities to Monster Hunter: World‘s Tobi-Kadachi. In its reveal trailer, the monster could be seen transforming into a more hostile form, so that might be a recurring theme in the Sunbreak expansion.
Finally, there is the Shogun Ceanataur, a monster that was revealed during the Tokyo Game Show teaser trailer last year. This hermit crab-like creature is a returning species of monster called a Carapaceon and is of the water element.
The return of Master Rank
The most striking aspect of Monster Hunter is how its gameplay loop consumes you, just like the monsters themselves attempt to do. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne extended World‘s quests with something called Master Rank, and Capcom has confirmed its return in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Essentially, Master Rank introduces a new level of equipment, quests, and monsters to hunt. The requirements for unlocking this ranking in Iceborne simply require you to complete the majority of the base game’s content, and it will likely be the same in Sunbreak. However, the biggest difference between Monster Hunter: World and Monster Hunter Rise is the alterations to the progression system, as single-player and multiplayer content is presented in a more accessible manner.
For instance, the base game’s Village Quests offer a solo adventure, while the Hub Quests allow you to dive into some multiplayer action. That being said, you are still able to tackle Hub Quests on your own, so it will be interesting to see how Master Rank is implemented with the release of Sunbreak. Additionally, the game’s Rampage Quests could see some Master Rank variants, especially when you consider the post-release content of Apex Rampage Quests that added a new layer of difficulty.
At launch, Monster Hunter Rise added a wide array of fantastic new mechanics and improvements to the series. My personal favorite was definitely the Palamute, as it makes the traversal of the game’s many locations a lot more enjoyable. Even though the game itself is fantastic, there’s a high chance that we will be seeing some tweaks or additions to the gameplay.
In Iceborne, these changes mostly revolved around the game’s variety of weapons, offering new combos and additional tools for your monster-slaying arsenal. There was a heavy emphasis on verticality and movement in Monster Hunter Rise, which might indicate that the upcoming changes in the expansion will focus on these concepts.
Prepare for the break
Before the release of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, you will want to make sure that you’re caught up with the most recent batch of content. In this case, Capcom has confirmed that you will need to complete the 7-star quest, Serpent Goddess of Thunder, to be able to explore the new content.
That’s everything we know about Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
At the moment, that’s everything you need to know about Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on Nintendo Switch. The expansion is slated for a summer 2022 release date, with more info coming soon. Monster Hunter Rise recently received a PC release on Steam, and the port has been well received by both fans and critics. Hopefully, it’s not long before more information is shared about the expansion for one of my favorite Monster Hunter games. Are you excited for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak?