Monster Hunter World was announced at E3 2017 with a 2018 release window and now Capcom has confirmed the Monster Hunter World release date for consoles at Tokyo Game Show 2017 and revealed that the PC version of the game will launch after the console version.
Monster Hunter World release date for consoles is January 26, 2018, and the PC version will follow later. Capcom has not revealed why the PC version of the game has been delayed but if we have to guess, then the studio might need time to properly optimize the game for PC.
In related news, Capcom has also confirmed that the DLC for the game will be free. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto confirmed that Monster Hunter World DLC will be free like it always has been in the franchise saying “We will continue to release free quests as we always have”.
He also added that console players will have to sign up for console-specific online services if they wish to play online with their friends.
Furthermore, Capcom has assured that while the game will be taking advantage of the current generation of consoles but, the gameplay will not be sacrificed to make it look pretty.
Also, Capcom has explained why the game is coming to PC and consoles instead of handhelds. According to Capcom, it was the right time to bring the franchise to consoles as the current generation is dynamic and allows devs to showcase a much more dynamic world, realistic AI and more.
It was a good opportunity at this particular time because the current generation of technology is so powerful that it will allow us to express a much more dynamic, living world than we’ve ever been able to before. So when we had that concept in place, it seemed to make sense at this time to take advantage of home console hardware and bring Monster Hunter back to consoles.
Monster Hunter World is scheduled to launch in 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.