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Microsoft Reportedly Developing Monster Hunter-Style Game

Microsoft is reportedly working on a Monster Hunter clone.
Microsoft is reportedly working on a Monster Hunter clone. / Photo courtesy of Capcom

Microsoft is working on a Monster Hunter-style co-op game according to GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb.

Speaking on the Giant Bomb podcast (H/T Eurogamer), Grubb said developer Certain Affinity, which has previously supported development on Halo and Call of Duty games, is handling the new game.

"They're working with Certain Affinity on what seems like a Monster Hunter style game - a Monster Hunter clone," Grubb said. "They see this gameplay style succeeding, and Microsoft's like, 'hey, we should try to make one of those, is anyone out there going to pitch one?'"

Grubb went on to say the game was part of Microsoft's push to diversify the offerings on Game Pass.

"They're like, 'We probably can't get Monster Hunter on Game Pass — that would be pretty expensive — but we definitely want a game like that, because we see the potential for that to grow and be a big thing with long-term support."

Certain Affinity is based in Austin, Texas, and is led by onetime Halo multiplayer and online lead Max Hoberman. The studio announced it was working on a new IP in February 2021 — possibly the same one referred in Grubb's reporting.

"We have been building towards this project for the past few years," Hoberman said at the time. "We're thrilled to have signed an agreement to lead development on our most ambitious title to date. This game is our creative vision to lead and our team is exceptionally passionate about it."

Capcom released Monster Hunter Rise on PC earlier this month.