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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Big Screen Monster Hunter Movie Officially Begins Production

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It’s been a banner year for Capcom’s previously niche Monster Hunter action-RPG series. Monster Hunter: World became Capcom’s best-selling title in company history, and an animated series was announced last summer, debuting next year on Netflix. This week Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter will conquer Hollywood next with a big screen adaptation, confirming Paul W. S. Anderson as director.

“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.”

Little is known about the story other than the following snippet:

The film tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral.

Oddly the cast was not announced but it’s all but been confirmed that Anderson’s frequent star (and wife) Milla Jovovich will star. The pair are most known for making all six Resident Evil movies over the last 15 years. In terms of video game movies, you could do a lot worse than the Resident Evil films, though I confess I haven’t seen them all.

Anderson is also writing the screenplay for Monster Hunter. Principal Photography will begin this month in South Africa and Namibia, and Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the US, though a release date has not been announced.