In news gifted from the gaming gods, Capcom has revealed that it will be continually adding free post-launch updates for Monster Hunter World in an addition designed to keep gamers playing for a long, long time.

"We are thinking about free, post-launch updates for Monster Hunter: World," producer Ryozo Tsujimoto confirms. "What I can specifically say is that we plan to new monsters and such in hopes that users play for a long time. As for what kind of monsters will be added and so on, information will be shared later on, so please look forward to it."

Monster Hunter games aren’t known for being content light. Quite the opposite, in fact, as any given Monster Hunter game can be played for hundreds of hours. You’ve usually got at least 80+ hours of single-player questing to work through, and it’s only then that the real challenges begin to open up. Gradually harder hunts are available, including those that are only feasible in co-op multiplayer team hunts, making it quite possible that any mainline MonHun game can last upwards of 400 hours for 100% completion.

The prospect of Capcom adding even more to MonHun World is lip-smacking, to say the least. Tsujimoto seems keen to add additional monsters, which would also mean new quests as well as new armour sets that can be crafted from your prey’s remains.

I had a little go with the PS4 beta this weekend and it showed great promise. It's the same old Monster Hunter that fans love, along with plenty of quality of life improvements that help soften up the rough edges. It was a touch too easy, but it seems this was just a ploy from Capcom to allow the beta test to be more accessible to all without a lengthy tutorial.

Monster Hunter World is out on January 26th, 2018 worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC release to come at a later date.

Providing gamers with free additional content as thanks for their continued support, what do you make of this strange, revolutionary idea in 2017? Does this improve the odds of you picking up MonHun World at launch? Sound off in comments below!