Over the weekend, it looked like the name of the next game in the Monster Hunter series had leaked from a fairly unusual source: Discord. The title is apparently called Monster Hunter Paradise, according to the leak - but it turned out not to be the case.
The leak originates from Discord's developer mode, which one Twitter user was messing with before they stumbled upon a number of events for upcoming games, including seemingly the next Monster Hunter.
As spotted by VGC, most Discord events they dug up have placeholder names, except one in particular. The original tweet, which has since been deleted, included screenshots of a game called Monster Hunter Paradise on Discord's backend.
That particular event asked players to claim a code for the game on Xbox and PlayStation, which everyone assumed is the title of the next major Monster Hunter. Unfortunately, it's a made-up name.
When talking about rage i was referencing a convo we had together— Naga the Bileygr (@neonaga99) July 23, 2022
He doesn't have insider info and i just missworded it
Deleting it just to avoid missunderstandings on that point
(Edited screenshot for posterity) https://t.co/D0h7g4YJXd pic.twitter.com/gYEIFOc2C3
@neonaga99, the Twitter user behind the original discovery, looped back around to show that the name of the mysterious game has been changed to Placeholder Name, which is the title of every future event on Discord's backend for unannounced games - for obvious reasons.
As @neonaga99 suggests, the name was more than likely made up by a Discord developer, as it wouldn't make sense for Capcom to include the name of an announced project so clearly in the backend of a third-party service. When this happens, games typically exist under their codenames, so as to avoid drawing any undue attention.
The #MonsterHunter fan on the Discord dev team got busted for making up a MH name as a placeholder so they had to change it. 😂— Kogath 🦇 #Sunbreak (@MHKogath) July 24, 2022
Seriously though, I dunno why so many people fell for thinking Discord of all places would have such advanced knowledge. Was a good laugh though. https://t.co/9Ur6hEktpd
All that said, the next mainline Monster Hunter game is all but confirmed. With Capcom now wrapping up work on Monster Hunter Rise for PC and Switch, the team is likely working on a sequel to Monster Hunter World for modern consoles and PC.
The Capcom leak from late 2020 included references to multiple then-unannounced projects that were later officially revealed. On that list was also Monster Hunter 6, which is likely whatever Paradise was supposed to be.
We obviously don't know what the game will end up being officially called, but the leak suggested it's due for release in 2023, so we won't be waiting too long to hear something.