Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 1 Releasing August 10th
During today's Monster Hunter Digital Event, Capcom revealed that Monster Hunter Rise Version 11 - or Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 1 - will release on August 10th, alongside a slew of new features and changes. Players can expect 4 new monsters to hunt, an additional round of Anomaly Monsters to take down, and an entirely new system in Anomaly Investigations. Additionally, Master Rank Event Quests are planned to be added to the game starting on August 18th. The Digital Event in question has been embedded below:
Besides the previously announced Seething Bazelgeuse and Lucent Nargacuga, Gold Rathian and Silver Rathalos will also be coming to Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak alongside the new Title Update. To coincide with their inclusion, the new map - the Forlorn Arena - will also be returning from previous Monster Hunter games. Naturally, all of the monsters coming with Title Update 1 will also come complete with their own unique armor sets.
Finally, the endgame is seeing something of a complete retooling. Not only are a bunch of missing Afflicted Monsters being added into the game with the new A5* rank of Anomaly Quests, but a new system entirely with Anomaly Investigations allows for players to fight increasingly difficult monsters for special materials that can be used to further augment your weapons and armor (which turns out to fix many of the issues I'd had with the current endgame) - they seem to be based off a similar system from Monster Hunter World, where these fights will be randomized to a degree.
The Anomaly Research Lab, which is tied to the new Anomaly Investigations system, allows for players to enhance weapons and armor in ways even beyond how Monster Hunter World: Iceborne handled things. Not only can Qurious Crafting allow players to augment a weapons base attack, affinity, element and more - but armor can be randomly upgraded, improving not just base defense, but also resistances and even skill points can see improvement.
Finally, Capcom announced that Master Rank Event Quests - including specific Dual Threat quests which will challenge players to take down 2 especially difficult monsters, such as dual Furious Rajang; or both a Silver Rathalos and a Gold Rathian at the same time - will begin dropping, starting August 18th. Capcom also revealed a slew of smaller details for the update as well, of course. The company plans to release more paid DLC for the game, including plenty of cosmetic options for players, such as the ability to turn your hunter into Fiorayne, even down to her voice lines.
For Sunbreak's first major update, Capcom seems to already be delivering on their promises for significant post-launch support. It'll be interesting to see how the later Title Updates compare, in the weeks and months ahead. We won't have long to wait, either - as we've already been given a tentative September release window for Title Update 2.