Monster Hunter Rise crossplay is bound to come up between multiplayer buddies eventually. The Nintendo Switch game follows in the footsteps of Monster Hunter World, which unfortunately did not have crossplay or even cross save functionality. It was a black mark on an otherwise damn near perfect game. The question now becomes, “Will Monster Hunter Rise have crossplay?” It’s a brand-new game on an entirely different console, after all! The rules might have changed this time around. That’s why we’re here to lay out the specifics.
Does Monster Hunter Rise Have Crossplay Support?
The quick and dirty answer right now is that we don’t know. Capcom was kind enough to announce to Fanbyte during an interview with two of the game’s lead developers that the game will come to PC. Eventually. All we know right now is that a PC version is in development for “early 2022.” That’s quite a ways away, sadly, and doesn’t seem to have closed the console-to-PC release gap MHW experienced. MHW had a roughly seven month delay between its two versions. We suspect something quite similar for Monster Hunter Rise. Somewhere in that time we hope to get a better sense of what crossplay and/or cross save support might look like for this new game.
We’ll be sure to update this guide the moment we know one way or the other.
Does Monster Hunter Rise Support Cross Saves?
As mentioned above, we don’t know the specifics of crossplay or cross save in Monster Hunter Rise just yet. Thankfully, there is quite a lot of precedent for PC and Nintendo Switch cross saves more generally. Smaller, intendent titles like Hades allow players to transfer their progress between the two platforms pretty seamlessly. You just need to sync up cloud saves. Even large-scale RPGs have a pretty strong history with the handheld. The Witcher 3 and Divinity: Original Sin 2 make strong cases for PC and Nintendo Switch cross save functionality in even the biggest titles. Not to mention all three of these games are available on a variety of platforms: the Epic Games Store, Steam, and GOG Galaxy. So there’s no technical or storefront-based reason to expect cross save not to work. It will likely be up to Capcom to make this happen.
The State of Crossplay and Cross Platform Support
Crossplay support only gets more popular with time! Odds are that it will be the norm before too long. Until then, though, the majority of cross platform multiplayer games don’t fully include it. When they do, it’s often restricted to players on one console playing with those on PC. Microsoft and Sony seem to view the PC as neutral ground. Similarly, Nintendo seems to have qualms about cross play and especially cross save when purchasing games for its handheld device.
Microsoft in particular has extra incentive in the form of its “play anywhere policy.” Typically, if you buy a digital copy of a Microsoft first-party exclusive, you get to own it both on Xbox and PC — free of additional charge. At that point there’s really no reason not to let folks play together. Throw in services like Xbox Game Pass (which is now on PC) and things get even easier.
Sony has historically taken pretty much the opposite approach. The company was far and away the sales leader on the last generation of consoles. That incentivized it not to play well with others — nor allow its partner studios to do so on its hardware. Historically, Sony first-party exclusives basically never come out on PC. It was PlayStation or nothing. Though that’s slowly changing with the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Even so, Sony has announced its crossplay solution has exited “beta” and should be freely available to all. And FFXIV has been benefiting from a special arrangement for some time. At the same time, it’s removing even more barriers to playing with your friends via its Endwalker expansion. Players should be able to interact with each other no matter what server or “data center” they call home. Here’s hoping FFXIV crossplay only gets better over time.