Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter Rise on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S will be digital only and won’t receive a physical release. The company recently announced that the latest entry in the long-running Monster Hunter series would finally appear on other consoles after being released only on Nintendo Switch and PC. Fans can look forward to playing the game next month when it arrives on PlayStation consoles as well as Xbox Game Pass.
The official release date announcement will appear at The Game Awards, but we already know that it will launch on 20 January 2023 thanks to previous leaks that were later (accidentally) confirmed by Xbox. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it will be getting boxed physical versions. Gematsu confirmed the news with Capcom, stating that no physical versions were planned.
Given that it’s launching on Xbox Game Pass, this is understandable as it will be available to Xbox players at basically little to no cost. It has also been almost two years since the game launched on Nintendo Switch and one year since PC, with sales across both platforms exceeding the 11 million mark – a huge milestone for the game. However, it will also be sold at $39.99 on the PlayStation and Xbox stores instead of full price.
Capcom also plans to launch the Sunbreak expansion on PlayStation and Xbox platforms at a later stage, but other consoles will have the base game to enjoy for now. It’s unclear if Sunbreak will also launch on Game Pass or if players will need to purchase it separately, though this falls in line with the way Capcom releases its titles. Monster Hunter World, for example, is available on the PlayStation Plus Collection but players still need to buy the Iceborne expansion.
Monster Hunter Rise launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 20 January 2023.