Capcom has announced the first major expansion for Monster Hunter: World. It’s called Iceborne and will add new locations, quest ranks, monsters, and story. It’s due out in the fall of 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with its PC release coming later.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne takes place after the events of the base game and obviously features a new frozen location. Beyond that we don’t know anything beyond the teaser trailer. It doesn’t come out until next fall so look for more details to trickle in throughout the year.
In more immediate news, Capcom is working with CD Projekt Red to put The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia in Monster Hunter: World. This isn’t a simple costume swap like with Horizon Zero Dawn, however. Geralt literally is transported into the world of Monster Hunter via a portal, featuring the same English voice actor from The Witcher series.
Geralt’s occupation as a monster slayer is well-suited for his Monster Hunter appearance. Players will be able to play as Geralt in a “unique gameplay experience blending RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World.” Geralt will use his signature fighting style including magic, swords, and other equipment.
The Witcher content will arrive in Early 2019 as a free update on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (later on PC).
If you’ve yet to take the plunge into one of the best games of the year, a free trial is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Monster Hunter: World Free Trial is available from Dec. 11 through Dec. 17 and allow players to jump into quests up to 3-star, and online multiplayer up to Rank 4. Progress carries over if you decide to buy the full game.