Niantic announces another AR game: Monsterhunter Now

Monster Hunter Now is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic based on the famous Monster Hunter video game series. The game offers a unique experience where players can hunt and collect monsters in the real world. In this article we will summarise all the important information about Monster Hunter Now.

Game principle

In Monster Hunter Now, players can explore their surroundings and search for monsters, which they then have to fight with various weapons and skills. Once a monster has been defeated, the player can catch it and add it to their collection. The monsters can then be bred and trained to improve their abilities and be more effective in battle. Players can also challenge other players in their area and compete in battle.

Features Monster Hunter Now offers a variety of features that enhance the gaming experience. These include:

  • A huge open world that allows players to explore their surroundings and search for monsters.
  • A variety of weapons and abilities that allow players to take on different types of monsters
  • The ability to capture monsters and add them to your own collection
  • The possibility to train your own monsters and improve their abilities
  • PvP battles, where players can compete against other players in their vicinity

According to the official website, the game will launch in September 2023, and you can already pre-register for the beta => What is new is that for the first time Niantic provides a form that asks for more than just the email address. In addition to the email address, gender, region and information about the device are now also requested. The question about the region is particularly exciting here, because there is the possibility that Niantic could hold beta tests in the future not only in New Zealand but also in other regions.

Access to the closed beta test will be limited to an estimated 10,000 participants, Niantic said on its official website.

Invitations to the closed beta test will be sent out throughout the testing period starting on 25 April. It is important to note that any progress made in the beta test will not be carried over into the final release of the game. It is also important to note that all information learned during the beta test must be kept confidential until the time of release. During the closed beta test, only English and Japanese will be supported. Thus, beta testers are prohibited from publicly disclosing information of the game. It is unknown whether there will be an exception for Niantic’s partner Youtubers, but it would be conceivable, as this would guarantee the Youtubers more views.




Monsterhunter is a promising franchise based on a popular video game series from Nintendo. We sincerely hope that this game survives longer than many other games killed by Niantic.

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