24 Mar 2021 9:25 AM +00:00

When can you preload Monster Hunter Rise?

Monster Hunter Rise is due to be released later this week exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

The game is available in physical format and, of course, on the Nintendo Eshop.

But when can players pre-load the game to be ready for launch? We've got the answers you need.

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Preload Time

Nintendo takes payment for digital pre-orders about a week before release, so around March 19.

Once payment has been made, players can then pre-load the game.

This means that any digital pre-orders for the game made between now and the games release will be able to pre-load immediately.

The game won't be playable however, clicking on the game will do a check to see if the game is available yet, but it'll be ready to play the second that it unlocks.


What Time Will Monster Hunter Rise Unlock?

Usually digital games unlock at around 12am EST, which would make it 4am GMT.

However, some third party games don't unlock until 3pm EST/7pm GMT, which would mean that players have a long wait before they can play.

There is no indication as to which time it will be, but if we had to guess we'd say the earlier one.

So the game should be available to play really late if you're wanting to play the second it unlocks, or it'll be good to go once you wake up.

Release Date

Monster Hunter Rise is due for a worldwide release on March 26 2021.


Check out the official trailer for Monster Hunter Rise below.


If you haven't pre-ordered the game yet and are wondering if you'll enjoy it, a demo is available on the Eshop.

Monster Hunter Rise's demo has four quests to complete at various difficulties:

  • Beginner - Slay a Great Izuchi
  • Intermediate - Slay a Mizutsune
  • Tutorial - Basic Training Quest
  • Tutorial - Wyvern Riding Training Quest

All 14 weapons in the game will also be available to use, test out, and play with during these quests

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