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When Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin launches on Switch tomorrow, it will come with a day one update. Players will be able to access version 1.0.3.

Below are the official patch notes shared by Capcom:

Capcom has returned with another character trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. Today’s video features Reverto, a Hunter and Lilia’s right-hand man.

Here’s an introduction to the character:

The physical version of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will not require a download or installation to begin playing, Capcom has confirmed. All content will be included on the cartridge.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 will offer a day-one patch. However, it clocks in at just 0.5GB.

There were concerns about Monster Hunter Stories 2 potentially requiring a download after a certain notice was spotted on the game’s boxart. It appears this was an error, however.

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Capcom has uploaded a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. Today’s video features Avinia, a Rider from Kuan Village.

Here’s an introduction to the character:

System: Switch
Release date: July 9, 2021
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom


The Monster Hunter franchise has spanned nearly two decades of behemoth slaying and protecting villages while you work your way up the food chain to the biggest and most vicious monster of them all. However, the series never really had a true spinoff that took the world but turned it on its head like Monster Hunter Stories did in 2016. The game spawned an amiibo as well as manga and anime, using the Monster Hunter world and formula, but giving it a monster-catching foundation. Monster Hunter Stories, despite its name, was arguably one of the lesser talked about RPGs on 3DS, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Capcom give the idea another chance on Switch. It’s even more amazing to see that with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Capcom has expanded upon and improved just about every facet of its predecessor, giving Monster Hunter a refreshing new look and feel.

Capcom has released a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. Today’s video features Alwin, a Wyverian Rider from Rutoh Village.

Here’s an introduction to the character:

Capcom has shared a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin focusing on Kayna, a Rider from Mahana Village.

Here’s an introduction to the character:

According to Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, the team working on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin spent “a long time deciding what to do with the graphics at first.”

Tsujimoto, along with director Kenji Oguru, spoke about the visual style during the Monster Hunter Stories 2 Special Pre-Launch Program. Oguru mentioned wanting to appeal to a wider audience compared to the first entry on 3DS. The character models were a big focus, and the team ended up going with more realistic body proportions. 

Here’s the exchange between Tsujimoto and Oguru, which also includes some talk about adding in co-op:

Here’s something a little bit confusing when it comes to Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. For the physical version, a download may be required.

Nintendo Everything reader PSI Wind works at a retailer, and shared a couple of photos with us of the game’s box. On the front, there’s a clear notice towards the bottom stating “download required”. There’s been nothing about this from Capcom officially, and boxart images posted to retailer websites do not have that label.

Capcom has posted the full video for the Monster Hunter Stories 2 Special Pre-Launch Program. If you missed any part of the broadcast, you can catch up on the archive below.