Today's Monster Hunter Digital Event has now come to an end, and there were plenty of exciting reveals for fans of the series.

As well as confirmation of Monster Hunter Stories 2's Switch release date, the showcase also revealed that Monster Hunter Rise will soon be treated to a second free demo. Fitting called 'Monster Hunter Rise Demo Version 2', this second demo will be available from this coming Friday and will add a challenging Advanced quest where players will get to take on the Magnamalo.

It was also confirmed that future updates for Monster Hunter Rise will be available for free to all players. The first of these is expected to be available from the end of April and will introduce a variety of new monsters, including the newly-announced Chameleos.


If you missed the event, here's a recap of the new gameplay features that were revealed:

In addition to the initial “Silkbind Attacks” available to all 14 weapon types, hunters will unlock new “Switch Skills” for each weapon as they progress through the game. By swapping out these new skills with existing Silkbind or regular attacks, players can create all new combos and strategies that match their preferred playstyle. Monster Hunter Rise will also include dynamic difficulty scaling for multiplayer, which automatically adjusts as new players enter and exit a hunt.

The new “Hunter Connect” feature will allow players to create tags with their objectives and playstyle, search for other players with the same tags or invite friends to any tags they have joined. Upon completing a quest in multiplayer, players will also be able to like the other hunters in their party, and increase the likelihood of finding each other in matchmaking. Finally, players can capture their heroic accomplishments and the vibrant beauty of Monster Hunter Rise with the camera feature.

Finally, in case you missed it up above, make sure to check out the brand new 'Kamura's Hope' trailer and let us know if you're feeling hyped for this new release. Remember, Monster Hunter Rise launches on Switch on 26th March, and you can pre-order it right now.