‘Monster Hunter’ Adds Geralt of Rivia to the Game This Week
Geralt knows a thing or two about monsters
Capcom’s “Monster Hunter” series has added another crossover event, with Geralt of Rivia joining the hunt with players. The new addition isn’t the first brand to find its way into the game, players were fighting the “Final Fantasy” Behemoth long before Geralt stumbled into the fray. Though Geralt may not be the first, fans of the series should be excited to grab some outfits and battle some monsters with the legendary swordsmith.
Geralt’s invitation was granted by a partnership between CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, and Capcom. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” content launched with a new trailer, previewing the activities that hunters will have to explore.
The crossover content revolves around a new, original quest line available to all “Monster Hunter: World” players who reached Hunter Rank 16 or above. Starring legendary monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, once again voiced by Doug Cockle in the English version of the game, ‘Contract: Trouble in the Ancient Forest’ tasks the witcher with tracking down and dealing with a powerful force known as the Leshen. Defeating this mysterious creature will require the skills befitting a seasoned professional, and gamers will have at their disposal the White Wolf’s arsenal and abilities, including his silver sword and combat magic. Players will also engage in dialogues with other characters, influencing how the story unfolds through choices they make — a hallmark of The Witcher series.
On February 15th, the most adept monster hunters (Hunter Rank 50 or above) will additionally be able to put their skills to the test in an extremely challenging multiplayer event, which will pit them against a much deadlier form of the Leshen. ‘Contract: Woodland Spirit’ will only be available for a limited time, until March 1st. Completing the ‘Contract: Trouble in the Ancient Forest’ will earn players unique, Witcher-themed special items, resources for crafting Geralt’s armor and weapon set, a unique skin and weapon for the player’s Palico companion, as well as new gestures, titles, pose, and guild card background.
Completing ‘Contract: Woodland Spirit’ will furthermore reward players with resources they’ll need to craft the armor and weapon set of Ciri — another iconic character from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The “Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” collaboration comes in the form of a free title update for “Monster Hunter: World.” The update is currently available for download for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The content will be coming to PC at a later date.
The new content should be a welcomed addition to the game, as “The Witcher” franchise is one of the most popular RPG series on the market. The game follows the adventures of professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and the series has sold over 33M copies worldwide and garnered over 1000 awards. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” which released in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, won a total of 250 Game of the Year awards. The Witcher games are based on the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski and a Netflix series based on the content is also coming.