The Kickstarter campaign for Monster Hunter World: The Board Game - the tabletop adaptation of the 2017 video game - has raised $1 million in just 90 minutes.
Launching at 6pm (BST) yesterday, the campaign for Monster Hunter World: The Board Game had a goal of £150,000 ($208,853), which was successfully reached in around 11 minutes. Less than two hours after its launch, the Kickstarter campaign had gathered $1 million, with the current fundraising total being around £1,586,000 ($2,207,870) as of the time that this article was written.
Monster Hunter World: The Board Game is a co-op title based on the video game series that sees players seeking out enormous creatures to defeat - it is also seeing a film adaptation starring Mila Jovovich, Ron Perlman and Tony Jaa coming in June. In the board game, players can choose between a variety of different hunters, each holding a unique type of weapon, and take on one of several dangerous monsters. Every monster will have its own deck of cards that will determine what kind of attack or move it’s going to perform on its turn.
As the players progress through each stage of the fight, the monster will move between locations and change tactics in response to what the players are doing. To carry out a successful hunt, players will need to work together using their varying decks of cards in order to gradually wear the creature down. In his preview of Monster Hunter World: The Board Game, Matt noted how “swinging (or shooting, as the case may be) your weapon feels as satisfying as it does in the video game.”
Monster Hunter World: The Board Game was co-created by Mat Hart - the co-designer of several other video game board games such as Dark Souls: The Board Game and Resident Evil 2: The Board Game - and Sherwin Matthews, who have both previously worked together on last year’s fantasy title Bardsung.
Steamforged Games is the publisher behind Monster Hunter World: The Board Game and is otherwise best known for releasing tabletop adaptations of the Resident Evil and Horizon Zero Dawn series of video games.
Earlier this week, Steamforged announced that it would be adding the previously missing lancer and hunting horn weapons to Monster Hunter: The Board Game. After community feedback expressed disappointment that the fan favourite weapons weren’t featured in the tabletop adaptation, Steamforged has since created hunters to wield the lancer and hunting horn in an expansion called Hunter’s Arsenal - which is available as part of the All-in pledge, which is priced at £211 ($293).
The Kickstarter campaign for Monster Hunter World: The Board Game is live until April 30th, with a pledge of £102 ($141) getting backers a copy of the core game in September 2022.