Capcom Says It’s Unable to Add Cross-Play and Cross-Saves to Monster Hunter Rise

by in General | Oct, 13th 2021

The Monster Hunter series is one of Capcom’s best-selling series aside from Resident Evil, but the game’s launches have been strange compared to other titles on the platform. For some reason, Monster Hunter’s Main series has been very choosy with which consoles they’ve launched on. The first Monster Hunter game was launched on the PlayStation 2 in Japan, and then a few months later for the US and almost a whole year later in Europe. The game’s enhanced version was only made for the PS2 in Japan, whereas America and Europe got the enhanced version of the game on the PlayStation Portable. The second game came out in Japan on the PlayStation 2, but Europe and the Americas didn’t get the chance to pick the game up in its original form. Instead, they were given Monster Hunter Freedom 2, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Both of these titles were made for the PlayStation Portable, and it’s safe to say that the series wasn’t going to stick to one single console. Monster Hunter 3 jumped platforms, coming out as Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii in 2009 for Japan, launching a year later in the states, however, the enhanced version of the game launched on both the 3DS and WiiU as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Capcom must’ve liked the 3DS because the 4th game in the series, Monster Hunter 4, was a 3DS exclusive title, with players being forced to pick up the handheld console for the latest mainline Monster Hunter game.

The Next Monster Hunter

The previous title in the series then decided to jump ship once more, with Monster Hunter World forgoing Nintendo for the mainline consoles, launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2018, all at the same time. However, the game did come to PC a year later. Now, the newest iteration of the series Monster Hunter Rise is leaving exclusivity again. Being that this title was a Nintendo Switch Exclusive, the game’s coming to PC, but there’s one issue with the game that fans of the series are asking. Is there going to be a way to move saves from Monster Hunter Rise on the Switch, to the version on the PC slated for later next year?

Capcom decided to let players ask questions about the game in a survey, and with Monster Hunter Rise pushing 7.5 Million units within its life cycle, there’s no reason that they should have skipped on getting fan feedback. 

Asking about the possibility of Cross Saves and Cross Play for Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom let out a statement regarding the inclusion of these features on the game when it launches on PC in 2022. This is what Capcom had to say about it. “We’ve heard your requests for Cross-Save / Cross-Play for #MHRise & #Sunbreak, but unfortunately, after looking into it throughout the development process, we found we are unable to implement it this time. As always, we appreciate your continued feedback and support.

This isn’t something that fans were hoping to see, considering that the cross-save option for cross-save on the last monster hunter title, so what changed? While Capcom isn’t keen on telling players their reasoning behind this decision many players on platforms who want to pick up the game to continue on better hardware are going to have to start over when moving to the version on the PC. 

Players have claimed that the reasoning to include cross play for Monster Hunter Rise is that players who want to double-dip on the game are going to invest in the title because they’ll be able to continue their save once the game comes out on the other platforms. However, there’s also one other thing that players aren’t considering when it comes to the move from Switch to PC for Monster Hunter. Being that the game is planning to come onto PC, owners who like the series are going to play the game on PC if they don’t have a Switch. This increase in interest for the series, especially for those who want to play the game on better hardware, is going to be the driving force for the title on PC. Even though the game came out a year ago, and with a massive expansion on the way, players who decide to restart and double-dip, are going to want to experience the expansion for Monster Hunter Rise on the PC rather than the Switch. However, the handful of players who don’t want to make the move from the Switch to the PC, will still stay behind and purchase the expansion. Even though Capcom said that they “tried” and players aren’t inclined to believe them based on their previous titles, money is still going to go Capcom’s way in the end. 


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