Capcom often shares art of monsters from Monster Hunter games. These show in-progress designs and offer ideas of how characters came about. The latest looks at a flagship monster’s inspirations. Ahead of the Monster Hunter Rise PC debut, new Magnamalo concept art shows how some of its behaviors are inspired by those of a house cat.
The first three images of Magnamalo are fairly standard designs that resemble the final version of the monster. There’s a focus on its armored exterior and face. Each one is a more set pose. The character appears to be stalking in some of them. The tiger-like characteristics of the wyvern are fairly clear.
It is the fourth image that gets a bit more whimsical. Rather than make Magnamalo look as it does in Monster Hunter Rise, it makes the monster look more like a tiger or cat. It shows it stretching out its paws, so people could see the pads underneath. There are designs showing it attacking and playing with a toy mouse. It even shows it attempting to look intimidating.
The Monster Hunter Rise PC version will debut on January 12, 2022. It will include new screen filter options. It is immediately available on the Nintendo Switch. In Summer 2022, the Sunbreak expansion will appear.