The Monster Rancher video game franchise is back with an all-new installment releasing later this year on the Nintendo Switch from Bandai Namco and developer Koei Tecmo. This time, however, there is a bit of a twist because Ultra Kaiju Monster Breeder combines the monstrous creatures of the Ultraman franchise with Monster Rancher… well, monster farming.
“Between Ultramanthe impressive list of Ultra Kaiju and Monster BreederBandai Namco’s expertise in simulating how to breed monsters, bridging the two franchises, is a natural fit to create a fantastic and fun monster breeding sim,” said Kentaro Matano, Producer at Bandai Namco, as part of the announcement. “Fans of these beloved franchises alike as well as those who enjoy monster breeding games will be thrilled to discover, raise and befriend their very own Kaiju and create epic battles in ULTRA KAIJU MONSTER RANCHER!”
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) July 2, 2022
Players can train, breed, and befriend various Ultra Kaiju in Ultra Kaiju Monster Breeder. There are over 200 different kaiju from the Ultraman series to collect through Song Search in the classic yet modern Monster Rancher way or through NFC-enabled devices and items. Additionally, various kaiju combinations can also be created by synthesizing different monsters together.
“We learned a lot about the series through this revival title, and also made some discoveries along the way,” said Kazumi Fujita, executive producer of Koei Tecmo’s Monster Rancher series, in an interview at the end of last year about Monster Breeder 1 & 2 DX and what the future might hold for the franchise. “With 2022 marking the 25th anniversary of the Monster Rancher series, the team and I are working hard to meet the expectations of all of our fans.”
As stated above, Ultra Kaiju Monster Breeder is expected to release on Nintendo Switch in 2022. No specific release date has yet been announced. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the Monster Rancher franchise in general here.
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