The first details about the massive new Iceborne expansion to Monster Hunter: World have been revealed and by the looks of things, there’s lots of excitement in store for players when the DLC hits later this year.
Not only will the additional content be a huge extension to the current title’s world, but will offer never before seen monsters, cool, new hunter actions, and a gorgeous, challenging snowy landscape.
Although the storyline of Iceborne will take place after the events of the main Monster Hunter: World game, it won’t just be a continuation of what’s already happened, but rather a new chapter full of mystery and an original locale.
One of the most extreme environments introduced by Iceborne will be “Hoarfrost Reach.” In this region, hunters will be required to wear heavy layers of clothing and bring with them items to keep them warm as they trek knee deep in snow and deal with leaving behind trails which could make them vulnerable to their beastly opponents.
As always, monsters will be a huge part of the newest DLC. Veterans of the series will see the return of familiar faces such as Nargacuga and Popo.
Iceborne will also introduce a slew of original adversaries including the shark-like predator Beotodus, a brutish, scaly-faced Banbaro, and the newest Elder Dragon, Velkhana.
New Hunter Actions
Although it appears that Iceborne will bring with it several new gameplay options for hunters in the field, one of the biggest announcements so far is an upgrade to the Slinger.
Not only will the Slinger be usable when a weapon is drawn, it will also have a new Clutch Claw tool which will allow players to grapple onto a monster at a moment’s notice.
Besides the first details of the Iceborne expansion, Capcom also revealed the many purchasing options that will be available to customers.
For those who don’t already own the Monster Hunter: World game, a Master Edition which will include the main title and the new expansion will be available for $59.99.
NOTE: A digital version will also be available at launch.
Master Edition Deluxe
For those who haven’t yet bought the MHW game and would like a few “extras” with their purchase, a Master Edition Deluxe will be available.
The physical version will contain the Monster Hunter: World game, the Iceborne expansion, a Steelbook and a code for several cosmetic DLC items. It will retail for $79.99. Pre-orders can be placed through Capcom, GameStop, and Amazon.
NOTE: A digital version of the Master Edition Deluxe will also be available at launch.
Iceborne Expansion (Digital Only)
If you simply want a downloadable copy of the new Iceborne expansion to add to your already existing game, the new content will be available digitally for $39.99. Pre-order now via the PlayStation and Microsoft stores.
If you already own the main game but want those DLC extras when you purchase your Iceborne expansion, then the Digital Deluxe version, which retails for $49.99, is the way to go.
Master Edition Deluxe (GameStop Exclusive/PS4)
If you’re wanting to get your hands on the steelbook included in the Master Edition Deluxe mentioned above, but don’t need another copy of the main game and aren’t concerned with having a physical disc, then this GameStop, PS4 exclusive is a good choice.
This special edition includes an insert with download codes for the Iceborne expansion and DLC extras, as well as the aforementioned steelbook. It retails for $59.99. Pre-order here.
The Iceborne expansion is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6th. A PC/Steam launch is scheduled for sometime this winter.
Take a sneak peek at what’s in store for players in the Iceborne gameplay reveal trailer.
Watch the Iceborne reveal event in its entirety on the Monster Hunter YT channel. (Livestream starts around the 30:20 mark).