Former Nintendo Exclusive Monster Hunter Rise Now Available on Playstation and Xbox

Monster Hunter Rise

Former Nintendo Exclusive Monster Hunter Rise Now Available on Playstation and Xbox

Console exclusives are no new invention. Throughout the history of video games as we know them, console exclusives have been a way for publishers, developers, and tech companies alike to market their consoles and games with a competitive edge. You wouldn’t expect to see a new Mario game named an Xbox exclusive, nor would you expect a new Halo entry to show up as a PlayStation exclusive. Some games, however, have a more complicated journey from console to console. The Monster Hunter franchise — including Monster Hunter Rise — is one such example.

Changing hands — or, rather, changing consoles — not only from game to game but also from region to region, the Monster Hunter series has hopped around numerous times throughout its nearly 20-year history. From the late 2000s to the early 2020s, the widely held belief was that Monster Hunter was a Nintendo exclusive franchise. However, with recent moves concerning the latest game, Monster Hunter Rise, that might not be the case for much longer. When did this change happen, and what was the reasoning behind it?

5 Must-Know Facts About Monster Hunter Rise

  • Monster Hunter: World, the fifth entry in the mainline Monster Hunter series, established many new conventions and mechanics to the franchise. Monster Hunter Rise carries over many of these new concepts and gameplay features.
  • With more than 12 million copies sold since its launch, Monster Hunter Rise is the second most popular game in the series thus far based on units sold. It is second only to Monster Hunter: World, which has sold 21 million copies to date.
  • An expansion pack for Monster Hunter Rise, titled Sunbreak, was released for the Nintendo Switch in June of 2022. It is expected to be released for PlayStation and Xbox consoles later in 2023.
  • A film loosely based on the Monster Hunter franchise, simply titled Monster Hunter, was released in 2020. The film comes from Paul W.S. Anderson, the same filmmaker who adapted Capcom’s other most popular series Resident Evil for the silver screen.
  • In typical fashion for the Monster Hunter franchise, Rise includes numerous crossovers with other Capcom characters and properties. To name a few: Amaterasu from Ōkami as well as outfits based on Akuma from Street Fighter, Rush from Mega Man, and Sonic from the titular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
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Monster Hunter Rise is the second most popular title in the series after Monster Hunter: World.

Monster Hunter Rise: Journey From Nintendo to PlayStation and Xbox

Though a number of spinoffs from over the years have landed on various consoles and platforms ranging from PlayStation to Xbox to iOS to arcade, Monster Hunter has been a Nintendo-centric series for much of the last decade or more. This includes its latest entry, Monster Hunter Rise: the sixth mainline game in the long-running series. It released on March 26th of 2021 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Then, in January of 2023, something interesting happened: the Nintendo exclusive announced release dates for the PlayStation 4 and 5 as well as the Xbox One and Series X/S.

The move made sense. After all, the Monster Hunter franchise actually began as a PlayStation exclusive. The first game in the series was made available for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. Nintendo didn’t become a priority for Capcom and the Monster Hunter franchise until the first game was ported to the Nintendo Wii in 2009. Exclusive only to Japan, this Wii port made it clear the kind of potential Nintendo gamers had for the future of the Monster Hunter franchise. From that point on, Capcom moved from PlayStation to Nintendo in 2009.

Not only were production costs more affordable for the Wii compared to the latest-generation PlayStation, the PS3, but there was also an increased demand for new Monster Hunter games from those with the Nintendo consoles compared to those in the PlayStation 3 audience. Monster Hunter Tri (2009), the third game in the series, was a Wii exclusive. Likewise, Monster Hunter 4 (2013) was a Nintendo 3DS Exclusive. The franchise didn’t return to the PlayStation until Monster Hunter: World (2018), which hit both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and skipped over Nintendo entirely.

Monster Hunter Rise Specifications

SeriesMonster Hunter (2004- )
FollowsMonster Hunter: World (2018)
PlatformNintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows
DirectorYasunori Ichinose
Producer(s)Ryozo Tsujimoto, Akihito Kadowaki
Release DateMarch 26th, 2021 (Nintendo Switch)
January 12th, 2022 (Windows)
January 20th, 2023 (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
GenreAction role-playing
ModeSingle player, multiplayer
ESRB RatingT (Alcohol Reference, Blood, Violence)

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Expansion Release Dates

Though Monster Hunter Rise has been available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S since January 20th of 2023 — and a year earlier than that for Windows gamers — there’s still one thing pertaining to the game yet to be released on anything other than the Nintendo Switch. Announced less than six months after the release of Monster Hunter Rise, an expansion — titled Sunbreak — eventually hit the Nintendo Switch in June of 2022. Released 15 months after the full version of the game, rumors of a PC release circulated as far back as September of 2021.

As it turned out, these rumors were only partially correct. Not only would the expansion eventually hit PCs, but also PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well. In December of 2022, Capcom announced Monster Hunter Rise‘s forthcoming release on these other platforms in January of 2023. This announcement came with an added bonus: The Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion would follow shortly after. As of this writing, that release is tentatively slated for Q2 of 2023. Currently, there are no other specific details available to report.

Recent Monster Hunter Release Dates

Main Series

  • Monster Hunter Rise
    • March 26th, 2021 (Nintendo Switch)
    • January 12th, 2022 (Windows)
    • January 20th, 2023 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
      • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion
        • June 30th, 2022 (Nintendo Switch, Windows)
        • TBD Q2 2023 (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
  • Monster Hunter: World
    • January 26th, 2018 (PS4, Xbox One)
    • August 9th, 2018 (Windows)
      • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion
        • September 6th, 2019 (PS4, Xbox One)
        • January 9th, 2020 (Windows)
  • Monster Hunter 4
    • September 14th, 2013 (Nintendo 3DS [Japan])
    • February 13th, 2015 (Nintendo 3DS [International])

Spinoff Series

  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
    • July 9th, 2021 (Nintendo Switch, Windows)
  • Monster Hunter Riders
    • February 29th, 2020 (iOS, Android [Japan])
  • Monster Hunter Stories
    • October 8th, 2016 (Nintendo 3DS [Japan])
    • September 8th, 2017 (Nintendo 3DS [International])
    • December 4th, 2017 (iOS, Android [Japan])
    • September 25th, 2018 (iOS, Android [International])

The New Relationship Between Nintendo Switch and Xbox

This interesting cross-platform sharing going on between Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox might start happening a lot more frequently than you’d think. As a matter of fact, Nintendo is the one with the upper hand here. In recent weeks, the Nintendo Switch officially became the third best-selling gaming console of all time. With more than 122.55 million units sold, the Switch has sold 90 million more consoles than the PlayStation 5 (at 32.1 million units sold) and nearly 105 million more consoles than the Xbox Series X/S (at 18.5 million units sold).

The divide is smaller when looking the PlayStation 4 (at 117.2 million units sold) and the Xbox One (at 51-58 million units sold), but the Nintendo Switch nevertheless dominates. Given the massive amount of success the Switch has enjoyed over these other offerings from PlayStation and Xbox, it’s not surprising to see that Nintendo and Microsoft have actually struck up a deal to bring a number of the latter’s games to the former’s console. (That is, as long as Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved.)

Should the deal go through — which, for the sake of the argument, most likely will — popular Xbox franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and more will hit the Nintendo Switch in the years to come. This is significant, as it reflects Nintendo and Capcom’s willingness to bring Monster Hunter back to the PlayStation and Xbox. Everyone’s in a sharing mood, it seems. This is good for all involved, as it allows more fans to enjoy the games they want to play. (Not to mention, it promises more sales for Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox alike.)

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If a deal between Nintendo and Microsoft goes through, gamers may see popular titles like Call of Duty become available for the Switch.

How Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Relate

Unfortunately for Nintendo Switch gamers, there’s no such deal between Sony and Nintendo. (At least, not yet.) However, that’s not to say that PlayStation gamers aren’t getting their hands on Nintendo exclusives. Looking beyond the Monster Hunter series, there are numerous other instances of Nintendo games making the switch (no pun intended) over to the PlayStation. One recent example? Loopers, a visual novel that began on mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch that subsequently appeared on the PlayStation in the fall of 2022.

The inverse is also true, with PlayStation recently sharing some console exclusives with Nintendo Switch gamers. The most popular example of this is F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch. Originating on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 in September of 2021, this onetime Sony exclusive later launched on the Nintendo Switch in July of the following summer. You’d think that the Nintendo Switch’s admittedly less advanced tech would make it difficult for a newer PlayStation game to make the switch over, but this isn’t always the case.

Another example is Inscryption: a Game of the Year winner that began on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in August of 2022 before arriving on the Nintendo Switch in December of that same year. While Inscryption truly began on the PC, its console debut on the PlayStation and not the Xbox suggested to many it would remain a Sony exclusive. As it turned out, PlayStation was happy to share this honor with Nintendo. All in all, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft seem to be acting a lot friendlier these days than in such competitive years past.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Monster Hunter a Nintendo exclusive?

While the Monster Hunter franchise has been sticking primarily to Nintendo consoles over the last decade or so, the truth is that it originated as a PlayStation exclusive. Today, it seems more appropriate to say the franchise has no one set home — it merely goes where the industry trends take it.

Are Nintendo and Xbox going to be working together?

Nintendo and Microsoft have been growing closer and closer over the last several years. It only makes sense, then, that the two plan to sign a ten-year agreement to bring Xbox games to the Switch pending Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

What does it mean to be a console exclusive?

Console or platform exclusivity means that a certain game or offering can only be found on that particular console or platform. This could be indefinitely, or merely a temporary thing. It truly depends on what’s being discussed. For instance, Mario is and always has been a Nintendo exclusive, whereas Monster Hunter games have hopped from console to console over the years.

Is Sonic a Nintendo exclusive?

Contrary to popular belief, Sonic is not a Nintendo-exclusive property. Sonic games belong under the SEGA umbrella, which means they are typically cross-platform releases. That means they can be found on Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft consoles alike.

What are some PlayStation exclusive games?

Some recent PlayStation exclusives include Ghosts of TsushimaMarvel’s Spider-ManThe Last of Us and The Last of Us Part IIGod of War, and Horizons.

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