During Sony’s State of Play 2019, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne got its first major tease, including upcoming hunts, a release date, and a first look at what kind of content to expect.
Set to release on September 6th, 2019, globally and for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will include a plethora of hunts to undertake, but also some brand new features that will ship with the expansion alongside its icy settings, monsters, and gameplay options.
Capcom has officially revealed that Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will expand upon the game in every way possible. The upcoming expansion will see hunters take to a new location called the Hoarfrost Reach, which serves to the newly revealed horned brute wyvern Barnbaro and the snow-buried Beotodus. Along with them comes the bat-like Nargacuga, which will come with a few new tricks of his own, and his trademark move set as he joins the Monster Hunter: World roster.
Along with the new hunts comes the new flagship monster Velkhana, an elder dragon with, as you guessed it, a love for its powerful ice-based attacks. To prepare hunters for the upcoming content, Capcom has also revealed that there will be several new gameplay options which have been added to a player’s utilities, along with some brand new opportunities to experience newly designed hunting strategies.
The slinger, for example, has been added as a usable item when a hunt is reaching its climax, allowing players to use it while their weapons are deployed. Along with it, there will be a new item for the Slinger called the Clutch Claw, which will allow players to grapple onto monsters, allowing them to have more control over a fight alongside the Flinch Shot, which will unload Slinger ammo in order to stun a monster.
Capcom has also revealed that all weapon types will get new combos, new elements, and even offering a new way for players to master combat itself. For those looking to experience Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the expansion will require the base version of the game in order to play, and players will have needed to complete the main story through Hunter Rank 16 in order for the story content to become accessible.
The expansion will be available for $39.99 as a digital DLC with a Deluxe Edition that will include the base game and a deluxe kit of gear to use for $49.99. There will also be an Iceborne Master Edition for $59.99 that will include the base game and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne together and is available for pre-order at participating physical retailers and digital storefronts. A Master Deluxe Edition will also be made available, featuring the base game, the expansion, and the deluxe edition content for $79.99 alongside a steelbook case for the game.
Capcom has also released a limited-time hunt to celebrate today’s announcement, which includes an Arch-Tempered Nergigante from today until May 11th, 2019, UTC. The ultimate challenge, this version of Nergigante, will also include a special Nergigante γ (gamma) armor, which will be available for a limited time. You can check out today’s reveal down below.
Monster Hunter: World is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion set to release on September 6th, 2019.
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