In anticipation of the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion, Capcom released two new videos today. First, we have a trailer showing players what to expect when the DLC launches. Next, there is a twenty-minute long developer diary covering the upcoming content. The latest footage provides an overview of the newly confirmed subspecies variation of monsters, a look at the all-new gathering hub in the Seliana headquarters, plus other gameplay improvements and additions.
Subspecies monsters join the roster in Iceborne, offering extreme, twisted variations that amp up the difficulty and require master-level hunting skills to defeat. The latest trailer provides a peek at just two of the ferocious variants that await: the electrifying brute wyvern Fulgur Anjanath channels lightning instead of fire and the fanged wyvern Ebony Odogaron is more vicious than ever with a wider attack range and dragon elemental. In addition to these fearsome subspecies, the fiery Glavenus, whose distinguishable roar was teased in the previous story trailer, wields its sword-like tail to wipe out hunters with its trademark sweep attack.
The New Hub
As part of the cozy new Seliana home base in Hoarfrost Reach, a streamlined Gathering Hub offers a warm welcome for hunting parties with more centralized facilities and features. Built around an interactive hot spring, hunters and Palicoes can conveniently manage all the pre-hunt necessities in close proximity such as the Smithy to craft gear, a resource center to manage bounties or botanical research to harvest items. “My Room” is also accessible and features new personalization options such as furniture, décor, and colors, with a post-launch update planned to allow other players to visit each other’s spaces.
Further gameplay options offer additional flexibility for multiplayer hunting parties. A series-first scaling balanced difficulty which will adapt for a two-player team if others have dropped out or if a duo sets out to tackle a quest with their Palicoes in tow. The furry sidekicks will also get upgraded gadgets and new options such as theShieldspire Stooge, a mobile decoy that draws a monster’s attention away from the player, the Meowcano, a giant jar that shoots out fireballs at enemies, and an enhanced Vigorwasp that can revive players immediately back into battle if they faint. New Squad Cards featuring info on the respective team can be sent to invite others to join the group, similar to how Guild Cards for each hunter can be traded individually. Sub-leaders have been added for Squad teams and can share duties on recruiting and accepting team requests.
The standalone Iceborne DLC will launch September 6, 2019, for $39.99. There will also be a digital deluxe version of the Iceborne DLC for $49.99. This will include the main content plus all-new cosmetic items. If you have never experienced Monster Hunter World and want to dive in, Capcom has you covered. Pre-orders are open for the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition. This is the full game, plus the Iceborne DLC and will be available physically and digitally. Mark your calendars and join the hunt!