The developers of Dauntless are not … well, daunted, by the announcement of a similar title in a long-running series. In fact, they think of their game as being more akin to other free-to-play co-op titles than the single-player games it’s most often compared to.
At E3 this week, Capcom announced Monster Hunter: World, a new title coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Dauntless is clearly a descendant of the Monster Hunter series, but even World’s eventual release on PC isn’t something that the guys at Phoenix Labs are concerned about.
Speaking to Polygon at E3, Executive Producer Jesse Houston was “super excited” about the new game, saying that “The more AAA products that are coming into this genre, the wider it’s going to get.”
Marketing Manager Nick Clifford offered even more specifics as to why he thinks Dauntless can still thrive in the presence of a new Monster Hunter game. His reasoning is that because Monster Hunter is a single-player title, Dauntless compares more favorably to other multiplayer, co-op PvE titles, and that that was the view expressed by the game’s early testers:
“We asked everyone from the alpha to list some of their favorite games that they’re currently playing. Monster Hunter does come up a lot, but surprisingly it’s mostly games like Warframe and Path of Exile — other player-versus-environment co-op games.”
You can pick up a Dauntless Founder’s Pack to try the game out for yourself Aug. 18.