Monster Hunter Rise – Sunbreak Expansion: New Hub, Monster, and NPC Revealed

We've learned more about Monster Hunter Rise's major Sunbreak expansion, with a brand new hub town, new monster, and new NPC revealed at The Game Awards.

Shown off at The Game Awards 2021, we got a brief look at the new outpost for the expansion, called Elgado, as well as a royal new character with a fancy sword fighting against a new monster, Malzeno.

We also saw three new amiibo that are coming to the expansion: a special Palamute "Canyne Malzeno X," a Palico "Felyne Malzeno X," and Malzeno itself. Each one unlocks a special layered armor when used with Sunbreak.

Sunbreak has been described as a "massive expansion" to the base version of Rise, comparable to the Iceborne addition to Monster hunter World. Arriving in summer 2022, the expansion unlocks late into the original game, and includes a new Elder Dragon, a Master Rank for quests, and more.

We awarded Monster Hunter Rise on Switch an 8/10 review, saying it "mixes classic Monster Hunter ideas with some of World’s best improvements and a whole bunch of clever new mechanics of its own." The base game will come to PC in January, and Sunbreak will launch for both formats simultaneously.

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