In conjunction with the release of Monster Hunter: World, Capcom is offering real-life monster hunters a huge £50,000 reward to find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot.
Jon Downes, the Director of The Centre for Fortean Zoology, has worked up an agreement with Capcom in order to help find evidence of Bigfoot and other real-life creatures. In a statement, Mr. Downes said:
“There are stories of monsters from around the world, and while some may be flights of fancy, not every one of these monsters can be made up. It is one of life’s great mysteries and similar to Monster Hunter: World, I’ve spent the majority of my life traveling across the globe to hunt for evidence of these creatures. Although I have had some successes, I have yet to find that elusive proof and it is time for me to offer my help as I throw down the gauntlet to the next generation.”
Creatures that Capcom and Mr. Downes are looking for evidence of include:
- The Loch Ness Monster;
- Mongolian Death Worm;
- Earth Hound;
- The flying snake of Namibia;
- Yowie; &
- Cornish Owlman.
Laura Skelly, the Senior PR Manager for Capcom, also released a statement about the reward, saying:
When planning the upcoming launch of Monster Hunter: World we couldn’t help but keep coming back to the real-life monsters we’ve all heard stories about since we were kids. Speaking to the world’s leading real-life monster hunter, Jon Downes, we were inspired to re-open investigations into a select list of top 10 beasts, setting a huge bounty to really encourage people to get back out hunting for evidence. Much like in the new Monster Hunter: World game, we thought it was only right that the scale of the reward fit the task at hand.”
Monster Hunter: World is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Capcom Press Release.