Monster Hunter titles are no strangers to DLC, but the downloadable content is usually free. Thankfully, Monster Hunter World will be continuing that trend, creative director Ryozo Tsujimoto told Polygon at Gamescom. Players also don’t have to fear a stripped down experience either, as Capcom promises a “meaty” base game.
Here’s Tsujimoto on how Monster Hunter World being on consoles affects how DLC can be handled:
“On portable, you are not always online, so you have to have a system in place where people will download the quests or data when they are at home then play when they are out,” Tsujimoto said. “Now with the console, we can rely on you being online whenever you’re on.”
A separate interview from Game Informer sheds a bit more light on the DLC:
We’ve got DLC coming after the game launches. Monster Hunter has always been a series that supported free DLC and you can expect us to continue in that tradition. We’re doing it a bit differently this time since it’s a home console release. With previous games, since they were mostly portable, we had to make quests downloadable since it wasn’t reasonable to expect you to be online every time you left the house with the game. However, with a home console, that it seems fair to expect most players will be online while they’re playing, so we’ve gotten a bit more creative—especially with event quests.
As for collaboration with other developers on DLC: we’ve had lots of great success with those in the past and we’re thinking about doing some interesting new ones in that vein as well but we’re staying tight-lipped on that.
And here’s executive producer Kaname Fujioka’s assurance that World will be content heavy:
“We have made sure we are putting the volume of gameplay people expect from a Monster Hunter,” said executive producer Kaname Fujioka. “I think we have our priorities right. We don’t want to let any users down who are used to Monster Hunter being a great, meaty experience.”
Monster Hunter World will release in 2018 worldwide on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Go ahead and check out our E3 preview for the title!