Capcom revealed a stonkingly good new trailer for Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion yesterday evening. The gameplay footage unveils a ton of new monsters to crush in the new snowy area of Hoarfrost Reach, as well as a new story to churn through as you and your fellow hunters fight back against the local fauna so you can craft yourself some natty new leggings our of their lungs and whatnot.
A September 6th release date for Iceborne has been confirmed as well, priced at $39.99/£34.99. Unfortunately, that's just the console version. Fans are probably getting used to this by now, but the PC version will arrive a few months later in Winter 2019.
Yep, that’s looking incredible alright. If you’ve smashed out a few hundred hours with Monster Hunter World and you’re still thirsting for new content, Iceborne looks as if it’s going to check a whole lot of boxes. As is a commonly known fact, snowy environments are the best areas in all videogames, especially when you and the foes you’re hunting both leave telltale tracks.
Unlike a ton of games that just slap different weather effects over any given environment, in Monster Hunter World the weather, geology, flora, and fauna are crucial to surviving in any given zone you’re in. Hoarfrost Reach will be the largest area found in the game to date, offering snow-covered terrain with new monster types that are well suited to the environment.
In terms of gameplay depth, each of the 14 different weapon types found in the base game will benefit from new combos, new elements, and of course new upgrades. The Slinger will also be usable even when a weapon is drawn, paired with a few new Slinger abilities like Flinch Shot and Clutch Straw.
Players will find a new Iceborne story and quests to work through, although accessing these won’t exactly be a walk in the park if you haven't played MonHun World extensively already. You’ll need to be at least Hunter Rank 16 to access the new content, a feat which takes about 40-60 hours if you’re a newcomer to the franchise.