Monster Hunter World's story will take 40 to 50 hours to complete

Monster Hunter World, the latest entry in the long-running Monster Hunter series, will take a hefty chunk of your time to complete if you’re interested in playing through the entire story mode. 

Game director Yuya Tokuda, when speaking to Mein-MMO.de, estimated that it will take about 40 to 50 hours to clear the game’s story, “depending on the type of player.” 

“But it wouldn’t be a Monster Hunter title, he said, “if there wasn’t content to enjoy post-game. Players can continue to forge and upgrade their favorite weapons and armor after the story is over.” So while some players may power through the game and get through everything it has to offer in terms of story content quickly, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s the end of the game after that. 

One of the best things about the Monster Hunter series is that it’s always adding new content long after release, so despite the fact that the estimated play time is a bit on the shorter side compared to the other Monster Hunter games, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Executive director and art director Kaname Fujioka said during the same interview that “weekly event quests and free updates” would be released as well.

Monster Hunter World is making its worldwide debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Jan. 26, 2018, with a PC version coming at a later date. If you can’t wait that long, there’s a PlayStation 4 open beta planned for Dec. 22 through Dec. 26, so if you’re a PlayStation Plus member you can sign up for that and see a big part of the game ahead of its release. That should give you enough of a look at what the game has to offer to help make a purchasing decision, at the very least.