Monster Hunter Rise screenshot of the Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration

[Update #2]: My review of Monster Hunter Rise (PC) has now been released, and I'm very happy to say that it's a great port for a compelling yet somewhat unambitious Monster Hunter game.

[Update]: PC version of Monster Hunter Rise will launch with seemingly all of the Switch's post-launch content.

In what is quite possibly the strangest announcement I've seen in quite a few months, Monster Hunter Rise devs have revealed that they will soon be holding a crossover event with Sonic the Hedgehog. The collaboration will go live on November 26 for the Nintendo Switch, while the PC version will get all of the new content as soon as it launches on January 12, 2022.

The crossover event will bring with it two unique new quests to undertake, an assortment of Sonic themed music and effects, Sonic and Tails cosmetic armor for your Hunter and Palamute, as well as a Sonic Palico costume. And just to make things even more ridiculous, boosting your Palico with Felvine Bulbs will transform them into Super Sonic, complete with a fancy new animation!

What all of this looks like in actual gameplay, that you can find out through the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a peek, it's certainly a spectacle:

While this whole crossover is absolutely silly and feels like someone's meme mod, more fun stuff to do is certainly welcome regardless of the theme. After all, if you're like me and you don't particularly care about cosplaying as Sonic, you can just ignore the costumes and enjoy the new quests and music!

Whatever your thoughts on the matter may be, you can learn a little bit more about the Sonic crossover, as well as Monster Hunter Rise itself, over at the official website.