Monster Hunter Rise and its expansion, Sunbreak, will not have Cross-Save and Cross-Play after an announcement from the developers through Twitter today. This response comes from the developer’s recent survey that asked fans if they would like Cross-Save and Cross-Play implemented in Monster Hunter Rise. The survey was released right after Capcom’s Monster Hunter Spotlight stream during the Tokyo Game Show. The developers said during the stream that the game will be coming to Steam on January 12, 2022.
We’ve heard your requests for Cross-Save / Cross-Play for #MHRise & #Sunbreak, but unfortunately, after looking into it throughout the development process, we found we are unable to implement it this time. As always, we appreciate your continued feedback and support.
— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) October 11, 2021
With the game now being accessible through the Nintendo Switch and Steam, players answered the survey asking for the ability to move their save data between the two platforms and allowing for online play between them. Although the development team is unable to set up Cross-Play and Cross-Save, they now know that there is a big demand for the features, opening up the possibility for its inclusion in future games in the series.
Monster Hunter Rise recently shipped over 7.5 million units, making it a very successful game in the franchise. The Monster Hunter series became increasingly popular after the release of Monster Hunter World and its expansion, Iceborne. Players travel through colorful and unique areas as they collect supplies, complete quests and hunt gigantic monsters. Once the expedition is done, the hunters can return to their home base and use the materials they found on their journey to craft new weapons and costumes. Multiple updates have come to Monster Hunter Rise since its release, introducing more events and monsters to hunt. The next big expansion in the series, Sunbreak, is set to be released in Summer 2022.