An animated film based on Capcom’s Monster Hunter game franchise will be released on Netflix next month. Monster Hunter: Legend of the Guild will be released on that streaming platform on August 12.
Monster Hunter: Legend of the Guild has an original story, although main character Aiden is already known from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Monster Hunter: World. This Ace Cadet goes on a journey to stop an elder dragon, who is on his way to his village and threatens to destroy everything. He is assisted by fellow hunter Julius, also known from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and several other characters.
The animated film will be directed by Steven F. Yamamoto, who first took up the directorial role and previously worked on visual effects for Transformers, World War Z and the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The upcoming Monster Hunter movie will run for 58 minutes, according to the listing on Netflix.
This isn’t the first Monster Hunter movie. Last year, a live-action film based on Capcom’s well-known game franchise was released. That film was mostly negatively received, with a score of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 5.3 on IMDb and a 47 on Metacritic. At the same time, the reactions to the trailer for these new animation films are still more positive.
Netflix has been betting on movies and series based on popular game franchises for some time now. A Dota 2 anime series appeared on the service earlier this year, and fans can expect a League of Legends animated series later this year. Series based on Sonic the Hedgehog and Cyberpunk 2077 are planned for next year, while Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider series are also in the works. According to rumors, Netflix also seems to be considering an offer of games on its streaming service.