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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.”

That’s not bad company to keep, as Warframe and Path of Exile tend to be among the most-loved free-to-play games out there — a few grinding concerns notwithstanding.

You can pick up a Dauntless Founder’s Pack to try the game out for yourself Aug. 18.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Macguffinstv on June 20, 2017

    Some of you aren’t really understanding their comments. When they say the games are similar to Warframe and PoE they don’t mean in gameplay or necessarily even style. They mean a game where you can hop on at any time with 3 friends and just play, mainly citing the co-op as the similarity.

    The thing I never understood about some gamers is their defiance of having more than one game in a genre be good. Why can’t Monster Hunter and Dauntless be good? Why can’t one player prefer one over the other? Personally I have tried Monster Hunter games and have not been able to get into them, that may change since I am much more into co-op games than I am single player, but to be honest Dauntless is looking more like the one I will fall to. With that said, I hope they’re both successful.

  2. Sovren on June 18, 2017

    Uhhhh. I would not play this as a replacement for Monster Hunter. The art style and nostalgia is key and Dauntless does not come close in comparison. It will likely sell okay but the community will die off like any other game. Monster hunter fans however play for life.

  3. Noobatron on June 17, 2017

    List favorite games you are playing. => Our game is similar to them.
    WTF?

  4. Rustle on June 16, 2017

    Warframe and PoE are two of my favourite games – they’re the games I have played the longest and most regularly. Looking at Dauntless gameplay videos, and having dabbled in Monster Hunter a fair bit when I had a PSVita, I see hardly any similarity. While they are all heavily PvE, all three have very unique features that are not at all alike.

  5. juuuut on June 16, 2017

    “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.”
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    Well of course Monster Hunter is not going to come up. The last english Monster Hunter released was on a hand held device.

    • JToriko on June 16, 2017

      Not true. They had an english Monster hunter game on PC before. It wasn’t published quite the same,but had the same premise

  6. Fil on June 16, 2017

    as if they could say “yes, we are going to ask for money under a bridge”

    There is a big fanbase, a lot of ideas, and a lack of similar titles, plus, the possibilities for a western release for monster hunter were so low everyone could have thought of a new game in this sector.
    they just tried to get some money from that part of the western community that is still waiting for a monster hunter release.
    they got it in the back.
    end of the story.

    Saying it’s like warframe just because you hang out with 3 other friends is like saying it’s similar to 90% of the game out there.
    And point me out the similarities with path of exile please, because i honestly can’t see any

  7. frank on June 16, 2017

    lol if they think their game is like path adn warframe then they have one riude awaking for them. ive played it and its a nothing like them

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