Niantic, the creator of Pokemon GO, is working with Capcom on a similar sort of mobile game called Monster Hunter Now and a closed beta test is on the way. On April 25, 2023, a limited number of people will be able to test the mobile title. The website is open for pre-registrations now. However, the beta will only feature English and Japanese language support. There’s also a first trailer and Twitter account.
Here’s the first teaser trailer, which shows characters from the Monster Hunter series in the real world for players to fight.
We have opened an official Twitter account for Real-world hunting action RPG "Monster Hunter Now" from Niantic and Capcom which announced today!
Service is scheduled to begin in September 2023!
🔽Apply for the closed beta test here 🔽 #MHNowhttps://t.co/eP8oR2MGPa pic.twitter.com/g8CwYQmVX3
— Monster Hunter Now (@MH_Now_EN) April 18, 2023
As for applying, it’s fairly easy. You need to use a Google email account to participate. The application asks for your date of birth, gender, where you live, what kind of mobile device you’d use to play this mobile game, and if you’re a Monster Hunter fan. If you don’t get an email to start playing immediately at launch, that doesn’t mean you won’t get into the trial. The site noted they’ll be sent throughout the test. However, know that your progress won’t carry over to the full game.
Recently, Niantic has come under fire for its actions with Pokemon GO. The developer limited and raised the prices of Remote Raid Passes, which were considered an accessibility item, as well as reduced the running time for events. The fanbase has been quite vocal in response, calling for boycotts and creating petitions that garnered over 100,000 signatures.
Monster Hunter Now’s closed beta will begin on April 25, 2023 on mobile devices, and its release window falls in Septemver 2023.