Monster Hunter Rise cross-play and cross-platform saves won’t be a thing. Plenty of PC games support cross-save support for their Switch and PC ports. The classic RPG Divinity Original Sin 2 is one great example. You can move saves around and continue from one version to the other. but with a new announcement, it has been revealed that Monster Hunter Rise won’t support that functionality when it releases for PC in January.
Monster Hunter Rise cross-play not being a thing is not all that surprising. The launch of the PC version has been predicted by fans for some time. The breakaway success of World has proven that there’s a major untapped fanbase for these games. And with the Switch getting a really solid release out of Monster Hunter Rise, a lot of the problems that plagued World look avoidable now.
Capcom is “unable to implement it this time,” as they said during the announcement. in full the statement is: “We’ve heard your requests for Cross-Save / Cross-Play for #MHRise and #Sunbreak, but unfortunately, after looking into it throughout the development process, we found we are unable to implement it this time,” the official Monster Hunter account tweeted today. “As always, we appreciate your continued feedback and support.”
With the recent announcement of the new expansion, Sunbreak, fans were probably expecting such a feature. Seeing it not be there is a real bummer for those who sunk a lot of time into the base game on Switch. I expect a fair number of fans will double-dip, buying both the console and PC versions. And even lacking Monster Hunter Rise cross-play, there’s still plenty of monsters to hunt.
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak will launch on Nintendo Switch in Summer 2022, bringing with it new hunts and more. We can expect a PC release for that expansion as well, sometime later that year, most likely.