Before the end of the year 2018, Capcom announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the official expansion to the much-celebrated game, Monster Hunter World.
Fast forward to this year’s July, and new tidbits of information were yet again revealed, to once again whet our monster fighting appetites. The latest one, of course, is a hype-inducing full trailer for the upcoming expansion, followed by an official developers’ video of the update.
As a bit of recap, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is slated to deliver all the updated goodies of Monster Hunter World to the next level. The project was first unveiled December last year, with a short teaser trailer, that announced its development. As with any RPG update, it will feature a new area, Hoarfrost Reach, along with new monsters, items, weapons to craft, as well a new base, Seliana.
In an interview made by Game Informer earlier this July, the developers revealed that Iceborne would be both the first and last update of the game. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto stated that Iceborne would “complete the world,” and thus it will be the only expansion Monster Hunter World will have.
If that bit of information disappoints you, don’t fret. It was also stated that updates will continue even after the expansion’s release, so look forward to more things to hunt, craft, and do in the game for the foreseeable future.
As for the developers’ video for Iceborne that was uploaded yesterday, a few more new information, outside new maps and monsters, were revealed, such as:
- A hot spring communal area for Seliana base
- Squad cards that are usable with guild-like features
- All other facilities being transferred onto the main hub of Seliana base
- More Palico gadgets
- A midway 2-person difficulty for quests
- Additional room editing options
- Endemic creature placement option for rooms
- View mode, AKA camera mode, plus more movement actions for poses
Apart from the alternate forms of monsters Anjanath and Odogaron, Glavenus of Monster Hunter Generations makes its triumphant entry to the realm of Monster Hunter World. And that slime-covered beaten Uragaan? Looks like yet another well-known main monster is coming to the game very soon.
Of course, Glavenus won’t be exclusive to the Hoarfrost Reach region, but you do need the Iceborne update if you want to take quests that tackle this beast.
When asked if the new area will be just a portion of the game’s world, or if it will be the entire unexplored region, director Daisuke Ichihara refused to give a direct answer. This leaves us with a few more questions as to the world’s actual “completeness,” and maybe a bit of hope that Ryozo Tsujimoto’s statement might not be entirely true.
Monster Hunter World, Capcom’s latest main installment of the Monster Hunter series, was released to critically acclaimed fanfare on January 26th last year for the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as on the PC later August 9th. Featuring highly updated visuals, it stunned players of its world’s vibrant and lively nature, dialed its combat systems to eleven, and even fixed the game’s overall flow with some much-needed UI tweaks that optimized item toggling and usage.
Best of all, Monster Hunter World featured a very much alive game setting, with the environment seemingly moving and evolving on its own even without the players’ direct intervention. This is not just limited to monsters interacting with other monsters, which is already a staple feature to Monster Hunter itself. But, this also includes tons of environmental elements such as foliage and sunlight.
As per Ryozo Tsujimoto’s statement, Capcom is planning to refine Iceborne further first, to update it to the most that the development team can, before announcing a PC version of the expansion.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is scheduled for official release on September 6th this year.