Initially announced a couple of days back, Koei Tecmo have now released new information about the upcoming Monster Rancher 2 game scheduled to release in Japan later this year.
According to a post on 4Gamer, The game will retail for 2,820 Yen or around PHP1,400 but it is unclear which platform this pricing is for. Apart from featuring 400 monsters, the “Slate Reproduction feature from the original game also returns, allowing players to import their monsters from Monster Rancher into Monster Rancher 2.”
There will also be some sort of monster generation via “Disc Stone Reproduction”, which allows you to “enjoy monster reproduction by inputting the music information. With 20 years of music and the largest number of monsters in the series, you can enjoy creating monsters with twice the effect.”
You can view all of the new information and screenshots below (Via Gematsu)
The Fun of the Original Game Returns
Enjoy a Monster Rancher 2 significantly enhanced from the original Monster Rancher for Switch, iOS, and Android. Various elements and content have been enhanced, including 3D graphics, the “Part-Time Job” mini-game, and an increase in the total number of monsters from 200 to 400, the largest amount in the series. The “Slate Reproduction” feature from the original game also returns, allowing players to import their monsters from Monster Rancher into Monster Rancher 2.
*The method of monster reproduction via “Slate Reproduction” differs between the Switch and iOS / Android versions of Monster Rancher 2. You can only import monsters from the same platform. Depending on the type of monster, they may also change to a different type.
Enhanced from the Original
The port of the original Monster Rancher had bug fixes and fine-tuning from the original PlayStation release, and Monster Rancher 2 will go even further in that respect. Koei Tecmo gathered improvement feedback from series fans via the Monster Rancher series official Twitter account, and some of that feedback will be apparent in the game. The fun of the original game remains, but now with greater ease of play.
In addition to downloading and battling against monsters raised by other players, features such as the Bluetooth controller support and tournament mode added to the port of the original Monster Rancher post-release will be supported in Monster Rancher 2 at launch. Enjoy genuine monster battles. Also, like the first game, the Switch version supports local two-player battles with one Joy-Con per player.
More “Music Reproduction”-Generated Monsters Added
“Disc Stone Reproduction,” Monster Rancher‘s key feature that lets you create monsters from CDs, was reproduced via a “Music Search” database for the port of the original Monster Rancher, and that database returns for Monster Rancher 2. Even if you do not own the CD itself, you can enjoy monster reproduction by inputting the music information. With 20 years of music and the largest number of monsters in the series, you can enjoy creating monsters with twice the effect.
Now Accepting Monster Requests
From July 9 to 27, Koei Tecmo will be running a “I Want this Monster to be Born from this CD” campaign, which invites users to combine “artist and song title” with “monster born from CD” on a special website. If you are lucky, the ideas you submit during the campaign may be adopted in the actual game.
Monster Rancher 2 is scheduled for a Fall 2020 release in Japan, no word yet on a Western release.