Thanks to EA’s abuse of microtransactions and loot boxes, many gamers have become wary of AAA games and their publishers. We have become more vigilant in our search to uncover insidious ways to nickle and dime gamers to death, and many developers are taking notice. This includes Capcom, as its upcoming Monster Hunter: World will not only forego lootboxes, it will include free post-launch updates to keep the game alive.
“We are thinking about free, post-launch updates for Monster Hunter: World. What I can specifically say is that we plan to new monsters and such in hopes that users play for a long time. As for what kind of monsters will be added and so on, information will be shared later on, so please look forward to it.”
This practice is not unusual for Capcom, as its Nintendo 3DS games Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Monster Hunter Generations were supported well after their release dates with constant streams of DLC that continue even today. And yes, the DLC for these games is free. While some contain monsters, most include special missions and weapons/armors that reference other franchises. These include anime shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Fairy Tail, the video games Okami and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and many more, emphasis on many. The Monster Hunter x Mega Man and Monster Hunter x Horizon Zero Dawn trailers demonstrate the quality of weapon/armor DLC we should expect in Monster Hunter: World and that some DLC will be exclusive to certain versions of the game — I now expect Halo DLC for the Xbox One version and World of Warcraft DLC for the PC version. But, the question remains: what kinds of monsters is Capcom planning to release post-launch? Will they be classic monsters from previous Monster Hunter games, monsters who are making their debut in Monster Hunter: World, or a decent helping of both? We will just have to wait patiently.
Monster Hunter: World is scheduled to release January 26th for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and at a later, unspecified date for PC. I look forward to Capcom turning the game into the must-have MMO and supporting it for years to come. Perhaps some other game companies can learn a thing or two from Capcom’s practices. Hint hint Activision, hint hint