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September 13, 2023
“Monster Hunter Now” from Niantic and Capcom Launches Today
  • With more than 3 million pre-registrations, Monster Hunter Now is packed with majestic monsters and newly announced features
  • AR camera feature means monsters appear right in front of you in the real world
  • New social features make it easy to hunt monsters in the real world together

Niantic, Inc. and Capcom Co., Ltd. today launched “Monster Hunter Now,” bringing Capcom’s globally popular “Monster Hunter” series to the real world and inspiring a new generation of hunters to get out and hunt with friends.

More than 3 million people pre-registered for Monster Hunter Now, which is available now in the App Store and Google Play, in nine languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Traditional Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Monster Hunter Now is especially designed for game play in parks and green spaces around the world.

New features announced today include:

AR Camera Mode

With AR Camera Mode, majestic monsters appear right in front of you, in your real world surroundings. Interact with them and see their reactions, and easily post on social media.

Group Hunt

Encounter a monster that you might struggle to take down alone? Group Hunt makes it easy to recruit others to help. It automatically matches you with nearby hunters so you can team up.

Two new features make this even easier:

  • Friends: Make friends using a QR or friend code, or recruit new players using an invite code. Not only can you play together, but you and your companions can also earn rewards such as recovery pills and paintballs. Enjoy multiplayer play with up to three other hunters nearby.
  • Parties: Hunting parties mean you can team up with a specific group of friends and hunt together. Each member can hunt the monsters found by other members of the party.


Like other Monster Hunter games, “Monster Hunter Now” makes hunting easier by allowing hunters to pre-set equipment and weapons, making it easy to quickly change them during the game.

Using Loadout, a request by many who were part of our soft launch, players can select armor, weapons and other equipment before a monster encounter, making it easier to switch between equipment while hunting.

“At long last, the day has come to deliver Monster Hunter Now to everyone around the world,” says Ryozo Tsujimoto, Producer of the Monster Hunter Series, Capcom. “Monster Hunter Now is a unique Monster Hunter experience, one that offers simple yet deep hunting encounters on smartphones with just taps and flicks, and real-time multiplayer action with friends. Whether you are a newcomer to Monster Hunter or a long-time fan, we believe an exciting new experience awaits.”

“Monster Hunter Now is the perfect combination of Niantic’s philosophy of exploring the world and the sheer fun of hunting and battling monsters together,” says Kei Kawai, Niantic’s Chief Product Officer. “Designed with the mobile experience in mind, the game is easy to pick up and play, but hard to master. We hope it honors this storied game franchise and delights fans for years to come.”

Niantic worked closely with Capcom to create a game that is true to the much loved world of Monster Hunter and is available to even more players in mobile form.

To mark the launch, the companies collaborated with globally popular rock band ONE OK ROCK on a music video called “Make It Out Alive,” which features a hunter running through the streets of Tokyo and encountering Diabolos at the Shibuya Crossing.

Key features:

The thrill of the hunt is calling. Begin your hunting adventure now!

In Monster Hunter Now, players take on the role of a hunter and embark on an adventure to hunt powerful monsters that appear in the real world. Since the game can be played on a smartphone, players can easily enjoy the hunting experience by joining forces with others. Monsters appear more frequently in large parks, making it easier for hunters to play together.

Hunt monsters in the real world: Embark on a global quest to track down and hunt some of the most formidable monsters from the Monster Hunter universe as they appear in our world. Forge powerful weapons and team up with fellow hunters to track down larger-than-life monsters and take them head-on.

Authentic hunting action carefully adapted to mobile: Discover a variety of monsters depending on the habitat around you – Forest, Desert or Swamp – and engage in thrilling hunts solo, or band together with fellow hunters to take on these large monsters. The simplified tap-based controls and high-fidelity graphics enable you to engage in enjoyable hunting action wherever you go.

See monsters around you with the AR Camera: Experience what it’s like to have these iconic monsters appear in the real world with exclusive AR Camera features.

Master the hunt in 75 seconds: Can you complete the hunt within 75 seconds? Master the weapons, craft armor sets and hone your skills – exploit weaknesses and utilize every element at your disposal to take on the hunt.

Mark monsters even with your phone in your pocket: With Adventure Sync, you can use a Paintball to track monsters while you explore your town and bring the hunt to your doorstep afterwards. As you explore, your Palico can mark passing monsters with Palico Paintballs, even while you aren’t actively playing, allowing you to return to them later, ensuring that the action never stops.

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About Niantic

Niantic’s global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map power spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform, which powers Pokémon GO, also supports the company’s other games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers use Niantic’s platform to build their own AR applications and experiences, either with the Lightship Platform or directly through the web with 8th Wall.

Copyright: Monster Hunter Now © 2023 Niantic, Inc. © CAPCOM CO., LTD.

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