With today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Capcom has announced that Monster Hunter X, which launched in Japan last year, will release in North America and Europe this summer as Monster Hunter Generations.
In addition to what has come to be expected from Monster Hunter, Generations includes new gameplay mechanics such as 'Styles' and 'Hunter Arts' special attacks, which offer an even higher level of player customization. Four distinct combat Styles can be chosen, for example the Aerial style adds the ability to attack and mount monsters from mid-air. Additionally, players can now play as the series cat-like Felynes in the new Prowler Mode.
- Co-op online multiplayer – For some of the best online multiplayer the Nintendo 3DS has to offer, join up and hunt online with up to three other hunters, or meet-up and play together via local play.
- Most customizable yet – Players can create the most custom, personalized playstyle of any Monster Hunter game. Choose from four Styles and many powerful, visually striking Hunter Arts for a truly customized gameplay experience.
- “Style” system – New to this installment, players can choose from four distinct combat Styles, offering new ways to utilize each of the 14 weapon types.
- Striking “Hunter Arts” – Combat looks even more impressive with the addition of these devastating attacks, indispensable field skills and power-ups.
- 14 weapon types – Experiment with and master 14 different weapon types and craft tons of unique equipment. Players are never cemented into any combat choices such as weapons or style and are encouraged to experiment with and find builds that best fit their desired hunting preferences.
- Gear crafting – Fell massive beasts to obtain resources for crafting countless weapons and armor fashioned after the game’s colossal creatures. Study the enemy’s habits and tactics to discover weak points or parts that can be broken for bonus rewards.
- Fresh challenges and returning favorites – Face a roster of brand new monsters like Glavenus of the Fated Four in addition to plenty of returning fan-favorites like the sly Nargacuga as a tribute to the last decade of Monster Hunter.
- The Fated Four – Brand new monsters posing major threats to the local villagers of areas like the snowy mountain town of Pokke Village.
It was also announced that Monster Hunter Generations will feature a unique armor set based on Marth from Nintendo's Fire Emblem series.
We've put an assortment of screenshots and artwork in the gallery below, including images from the Japanese version.