Iceborne, Monster Hunter World’s upcoming expansion, is set to enhance Capcom’s monster hunting masterpiece with a new area to explore, more monsters to hunt, and additional gear to collect.
Initially teased in December 2018, Capcom premiered Iceborne’s first gameplay trailer at Sony’s latest State of Play event. An exclusive livestream featuring more details about Monster Hunter World’s expansion followed soon after.
Iceborne’s new area is called Hoarfrost Reach, a new landscape with stunning visuals that are integrated with Monster Hunter’s gameplay mechanics. Players will have to endure the harsh cold by consuming hot drinks or bathing in natural hotsprings. Walking in the deep snow of the Reach can also slow down a character’s movement.
Hoarfrost Reach is home to many new monsters, including Banbaro with its giant horns and Beotodus with its sharp fin, both of which were featured in Capcom’s livestream. Nargacuga, from Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, will be making its return, while Velkhana, an elder dragon, will look to freeze anything that stands in its way. Other new creatures in Hoarfrost Reach include Popo, which are tusked herbivores that are generally docile, and Cortos, which are winged creatures that players can use to hitch a ride.
Hoarfrost Reach introduced players to a couple of new monsters, including Banbaro with its giant, scooping horns and Beotodus with its sharp fin and shark-like movement. Nargacuga, a fearsome bat-like creature from Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, will return, and Velkhana, an elder dragon, is equipped to freeze anything that stands in its way. Other new creatures in Hoarfrost Reach include Popo, a species of tusked herbivore that are generally docile, and Cortos, winged creatures that players can use to travel swiftly.
Iceborne will introduce new combat mechanics, including the ability to use the Slinger while your main weapon is drawn. The Slinger will also receive upgrades in the form of a Clutch Claw, which can be used to grapple onto monsters, and the Slinger Burst, a powerful shot that can make monsters flinch.
The Monster Hunter expansion will also introduce Master Rank, a difficulty class similar to G-Rank in previous Monster Hunter games. Master Rank challenges will pit players against more ferocious versions of existing monsters.
Capcom will release Iceborne for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6 while PC players will receive it some time during the 2020 Winter. The expansion will cost $40 for players who already own Monster Hunter World. Newcomers to the Monster Hunter franchise will be able to buy an Iceborne bundle that includes the base game, all of its updates, and the expansion for $60.