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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God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 Top The Game Awards Nominations

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The Game Awards has revealed the list of nominees in each of the 22 categories for 2018. God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 lead the pack with an astounding eight nominations each. In total over 100 games and people have been nominated. The Game Awards will air on December 6 in Los Angeles, CA, and streamed live online.

Rockstar Games doesn’t release many games, but when they do, they tend to make a bit of a splash in the industry. In addition to Game of the Year Red Dead Redemption 2 is up for Best Action/Adventure, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, and Best Performance for Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan.

God of War was an incredibly successful sequel to the long-running franchise. It features an older Kratos shepherding his son through a world of Norse mythology. It’s up for all of the exact same categories, with the Best Performance nod to Christopher Judge as Kratos.

The Game of the Year category has been expanded to six games (previously five). Celesete, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter: World, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey make up the other games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won the Game of the Year award at last year’s The Game Awards.

Anyone can vote for their favorite games in each category, once every 24 hours. We’ve listed some of the big categories below.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Winners will be announced during the live show on Dec. 6.