Capcom started showing off the new “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne” content this week. The publisher released new details for the highly anticipated expansion and released a gameplay trailer for fans of the franchise. The base game has shipped over 12M units worldwide, bumping the series total to more than 53M units to date. The new content is releasing for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 6th, but PC players will have to wait until the winter to jump into the snowy content.
The Iceborne expansion brings an all-new story that picks up after the main game and takes place in Hoarfrost Reach. The snow-covered terrain offers an ecosystem that contrasts areas in the main game and progressively expands with the story. The company stated that Iceborne offers “the largest region in the game so far,” filled with new monsters, locals, and upgrades. Iceborne also introduces the new higher difficulty Master Rank, which is a brand-new quest tier that makes new and existing monsters more ferocious than ever.
The extreme cold is also the setting for brand new frigid climate foes such as the horned brute wyvern Banbaro and the snow-buried Beotodus. These are mixed in with fan favorites such as the swift-attacking Nargacuga who adds some dangerous new tricks to his trademark move set. Leading the pack in Iceborne is the mysterious new flagship monster Velkhana, an elder dragon with powerful ice attacks that is a pervasive threat in the new story.
To ready players to face the expansion’s fierce hunts, several new gameplay options have been added, creating opportunities for exciting new hunting strategies. The Slinger can now be used while the main weapon is drawn, regardless of weapon type. New features for the Slinger include the Clutch Claw, used to grapple onto monsters with more direct control, and the Flinch Shot. The Flinch Shot unloads Slinger ammo to stun monsters.
Each of the 14 weapon types will also get new combos and new elements, offering additional depth to master in combat. Players will be able to enjoy some of the gameplay options such as the Slinger and weapon updates right away, but you have to complete the game through Hunter Rank 16 to access the new Iceborne story and quests.
Several options are now available for pre-order for new or returning players on console either digitally or at participating retailers, with a special Yukumo Series layered armour set bonus exclusively for early orders. For existing owners, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is available as digital $39.
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