Explore Hoarfrost Reach in the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Beta

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The highly anticipated Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World is arriving this fall on September 3. Capcom has announced a series of open betas beginning this Friday, allowing PlayStation 4 users to jump in and be among the first to see Iceborne’s new content.

The first Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta will run this weekend, from Friday, June 21 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern) through Monday, June 24 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern). This first beta will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

The second beta will be open to all PlayStation 4 users and the following weekend, starting Friday, June 28 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern) to Monday, July 1 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern). Users can pre-load the beta several days before they start, and they don’t require the base game of Monster Hunter World.

The beta consists of three monster hunting quests, including the return of the introductory Great Jagras hunt from the base game. If hunters feel up to the challenge (and want to see the new Iceborne content) they can take on the horned brute wyvern Banbaro. For the ultimate challenge, returning series favorite Tigrex will be waiting.

Like the original Monster Hunter World beta, you’ll be able to try and use all 14 weapon types in any of the quests, as well as the training area. The weapons include new moves and abilities from Iceborne, including the new Clutch Claw slinger tool.

Completion of each quest nets item pack rewards full of consumables. These items will be transferred to the full version of Iceborne should you choose to purchase it.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will arrive on September 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version will release later this winter. Iceborne requires the base game of Monster Hunter World, and slayers must be Hunter Rank 16 and have completed the main story in order to access the new story and quests.

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The Sims 4 is Currently Free on PC until May 28

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Anyone with an Origin account can download The Sims 4 for free (normally $39.99) until May 28. Simply head over to the Origin app or website and add it to your library. It’s available for both Windows and Mac. It’s not simply a trial either; after the promotion ends the full game will remain in your Origin library.

Only the base game is available for free, of course. EA will try to sell you its Origin Access subscription program, but you don’t need it to get The Sims 4. If you have Origin Access Basic, you get access to The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe version, while Origin Access Premiere also grants the Dine Out and Kids Room Stuff expansions. The Digital Deluxe edition includes the Awesome Animal Hats, Life of the Party, and Up all Night DLC packs, as well as the soundtrack.

The Sims 4 originally launched in 2014. Like previous Sims games, it quickly became a best-seller, though fans and critics had mixed reactions, noting that it stripped many of the content and features that were present in The Sims 3. Since launch the game has received numerous free updates and paid DLC packs and expansions. The most recent, Get Famous, released in Fall 2018 and added acting and influencer as new careers.

The Sims 4 is rated T for Teen with Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, and Violence. It’s also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The free period on Origin ends May 28.