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Capcom teams up with Niantic for Pokémon Go-style Monster Hunter game

In late 2022, Capcom announced that it had teamed up with TiMi to produce a new Monster Hunter mobile game. As it turns out, there was another project in the works with the AR specialists at Niantic. This week, Capcom and Niantic revealed Monster Hunter Now, a game similar in style to Pokemon Go, but for Monster Hunter fans. 

Monster Hunter Now will be heading to iOS and Android devices later this year. Players will have to wander around their real life surroundings to find monsters out in the world to battle. You'll also have the ability to team up with other people playing the game nearby to take on more challenging fights.

If you don't feel like standing around outside, you can use an in-game item known as a paintball, which will allow you to tag a monster you encounter out in the wild and then fight it when you get back home, this opens up the door for players to check in on the game during their morning commute, tag a monster and then get to battling once they've returned home.

The Monster Hunter franchise has sold more than 90 million units worldwide, so it is popular. Whether or not it will reach Pokemon Go's popularity remains to be seen, but many other studios have tried similar games and have shut them down within years. A few years ago, Microsoft shut down its Minecraft AR mobile game and recently, CD Projekt Red pulled the plug on its Witcher-themed AR game. You can sign up for the closed beta test, HERE.

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KitGuru Says: We've seen plenty of games like this but few of them survive in the long run. Do you think Monster Hunter Now will be successful? 

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