Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak gets a release date and trailer

Capcom also revealed a Collector's Edition for the Monster Hunter: Rise expansion.


March hasn't even ended yet and Capcom just gave Monster Hunter fans their biggest piece of news in a while. Almost one year after Monster Hunter Rise hit Nintendo Switch consoles everywhere and two months after the game arrived on PC, Capcom went ahead and hosted a live-streamed presentation revealing everything there is to know about the game's Sunbreak expansion.

Many consider Iceborne as the best expansion in the Monster Hunter franchise. Sunbreak has the potential to change that.

According to Capcom, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak will be available starting on June 30, 2022. Although Capcom did not reveal the downloadable content's price at the event, the company posted those details online later on.

At $39.99, Sunbreak costs as much as the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter: World, which added some 50 hours' worth of content to Monster Hunter: World. If you're looking to splurge, Capcom revealed that Sunbreak will be available in two more expensive versions: the Deluxe Edition and the Collector's Edition. The Deluxe Edition will come with additional content like layered armor sets, gestures, and hairstyles for $49.99. Meanwhile, the physical-only Sunbreak edition will include everything from the Deluxe Edition as well as exclusive items like a Malzeno amiibo, a steelbook case, a pin, and a sticker pack, all for $99.99.

After months of radio silence on Sunbreak, Capcom revealed almost everything there is to know about the expansion at once.

Just like previous game-sized Monster Hunter expansions, Sunbreak will take place in an entirely new area, the Elgado Outpost. The distant research town sports a more middle-aged theme compared to the feudal Japan aesthetic of Kamura Village. Despite the locale change, the Elgado Outpost will come with all the basic hunter necessities and a new young female NPC responsible for giving out quests, Chichae.

With a new land to explore also comes more monsters to hunt and conquer. Although Elgado Outpost is home to some familiar monstrosities, it will also introduce a handful of new ones. The most noteworthy, in particular, are the Three Lords: Malzeno, Garangolm, and Lunagaron. All three are equally deadly, with the official description for Malzeno teasing a transformation into a more "sinister appearance" after draining the life force of other creatures.

Capcom is also bringing back Astalos from the Nintendo 3DS' monster Hunter Generations, with Rise's Bishaten getting a flame-based variant known as the Blood Orange Bishaten. Speaking of returning monsters, the Shogun Ceanataur from Monster Hunter 2 will be making an appearance in Sunbreak as well.

On top of every piece of new content the Sunbreak expansion will bring, Capcom promised to add a new update to the base game as well. This will be free to everyone and will include everything from new Silkbind Moves, improvements to wall-running, new Wirebug types, as well as Marionette Spiders that hunters can use to topple monsters over, among other things.

Finally, Capcom showed off a new locale in Citadel that will feature snow-topped mountain peaks and lush forests with a dash of abandoned medieval castles and swamps. Considering that Rise alone has five locales, fans can expect Capcom to announce more Sunbreak news in the lead-up to the game's June 30 launch.

In other Capcom news, the Japanese company was one of the highlights of Sony's most recent State of Play event, revealing Exoprimal. Meanwhile, Resident Evil fans can look forward to three Resident Evil remasters for the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X later this year.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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