PlayStation-era cult classic Monster Rancher is on its way, Koei Tecmo announced earlier this year, and it’s now set for release on Steam on December 8, 2021. The creature-collecting game has been ported to both PC and Nintendo Switch. The updated version is a compilation of the first two games in the series, and is called Monster Rancher 1 and 2DX.
The game will have online features that allow you to trade and fight with others globally. It also includes “some of the most requested improvements” from fans of the series over the years, most of which are UI changes, but also integrate minigames that were played on the PocketStation, the ultra-weird PlayStation peripheral. These versions also feature new monsters, and incorporate creatures originally absent from Western releases in the 90s.
Primarily known for its trick of getting players to insert CDs into their consoles to generate new monsters, Monster Rancher was long seen in the West as a run for even the more popular Pokémon—all Way down for tie-in anime series.
Instead of using the CD in your computer, you’ll now be able to use a music database within the game to generate new monsters by searching for CD titles. I’m not sure it’ll have the same allure of raiding your parents’ CD collection for Weird Creatures as we did in the ’90s, but apparently there are some 600,000 songs to choose from.
you can find Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX on Steam.