Get your Hot Drinks ready and brace yourselves for an avalanche of new info on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne !
Heads up: all the info listed here was revealed just moments ago in our special Spring Update stream, so if you want to hear it straight from our developers in Japan and catch some new gameplay footage with it, watch it here:
Alright, let’s start with one of the most important questions that has been on everyone’s mind: “when is the release date?”
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2019, and will launch on PC / Steam this winter!
The second burning question you’re all probably wondering is, “how much content is packed into Iceborne?”
This isn’t just your average expansion. In fact, we can tell you that the volume of gameplay content in Iceborne will rival that of Monster Hunter: World, with even more quests to face this time around!
Speaking of the base game, if you already own World , you’ll only need to purchase the Iceborne expansion digitally. And for players that do not own World , we’repreparing an all-in package that includes both World and Iceborne called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition—a full breakdown can be found towards the end of this blog. Pre-order links are available from today, and as a bonus, everyone who pre-orders the game will get the Yukumo layered armor set!
With all that in mind, let’s take a closer look at all the new content Iceborne has in store for us—new monsters, new storyline, new gameplay features, etc.—so if you want to keep everything a surprise, this is your cue to stop reading, and scroll all the way down for product options and availability.
Alright, still with us and ready for that sweet breakdown of the new stuff? Cool! Let’s watch that trailer one more time:
The story of Iceborne starts after the conclusion of the events tied to the end of World with the Elder Crossing phenomena, as the Research Commission begins to notice very unusual Legiana behavior in the New World. This new mystery is the catalyst for a whole new story chapter that leads us to a brand new locale, and the discovery that the legendary Velkhana is way more than just a myth…
Chasing this mystery leads us to a remote part of the New World, a land of extreme conditions where the cold is so intense you’ll need to outfit yourself with specific gear and items to keep warm during your hunts. Enter the Hoarfrost Reach .
Despite being such a harsh environment, it is actually full of energy and life. From small endemic life like Rime Beetles, to fierce new monsters like the predatory Beotodus and the brutish Banbaro , you’ll have plenty to explore, discover and hunt! I’ll leave you with this fun fact about the environment: Iceborne is set to offer the largest region in World so far.
As new threats make their debut, and returning fan favorite monsters—like the sleek Nargacuga —pop up in the New World, the Research Commission has workshopped a hefty upgrade to your Slinger so you can keep up with these new challenges. This new and improved version of the Slinger will be available to all Iceborne players (even if you’re still going through the World story) and adds a couple of key features:
#1. The Slinger can now be used while your weapon is drawn! This will open up a variety of opportunities for dealing with monsters, setting up new powerful combo attacks, getting out of harm’s way, etc.
#2. Clutch Claw: a versatile tool that lets you grapple onto monsters at a moment’s notice. From there you’ll also be able to unleash devastating attacks or even directly guide the monster momentarily.
You can watch all of this in action (and more!) in our special Spring Update , hosted by producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and directors Kaname Fujioka, Yuya Tokuda and Daisuke Ichihara. I can’t wait to see all the new hunting strategies you create with these added gameplay options.
Alright, so you’re ready to jump into Iceborne … but need to know what’s available for preorder, and where, I’m here to help! And there’s something important I think you should all know too; y ou must have completed the main Monster Hunter: World story through Hunter Rank 16 in order to access the Iceborne story and quests. We’ll have more information on the PC version coming this winter at a later date, but for now here’s how you can get Iceborne on console.
If you do not own Monster Hunter: World, you can get…
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition for $59.99, a physical version for PS4 and Xbox One that contains both World and the Iceborne expansion. Pre-order links will be live at various retailers very soon!
Capcom Store PS4 // Xbox One
Amazon PS4 // Xbox One
GameStop PS4 // Xbox One
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition Deluxe for $79.99 in North America only, a physical version for PS4 and Xbox One that comes in a premium Steelbook depicting an epic clash between our new main monster Velkhana, and the big bad of World , Nergigante. This limited edition contains World , the Iceborne expansion and the Iceborne Deluxe Kit, which contains a bundle of cosmetic DLC items. Pre-order pages will be live at select retailers shortly!
Amazon PS4 // Xbox One
GameStop PS4 // Xbox One
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition Deluxe will also be available for purchase digitally at launch on PS4 and Xbox One.
However, if you already own Monster Hunter: World …
And for those in North America, GameStop and EB Games Canada will be offering a special Steelbook edition that includes only an insert with download codes for the Iceborne expansion and DLC items for PlayStation 4, called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Deluxe. This is a great option for those who seek just the digital expansion, but also want Iceborne represented in their physical games collection.
If you’re still on the fence about Monster Hunter: World, we have a Free Trial available now through May 20, 2019 on PS4; the perfect chance for you to try it out for yourself, play with other current World players and even transfer all your progress to the full game when you decide to make the jump. You can read up on the Free Trial and an upcoming fierce quest in this blog post .
That’s all the news and updates we have for now. For the latest info and tidbits, follow @MonsterHunter on Twitter and Facebook , and look out for more information about Monster Hunter World: Iceborne at E3 2019 !
Stay warm, and happy hunting!