The third major content update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is available now. Title Update 3 adds two new variant monsters, layered weapons, and other updates. To introduce the update’s…
PC Monster Hunter players can finally journey into Hoarfrost Reach with the release of the large 2019 expansion, Iceborne. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne releases today on Steam ($39.99), adding new post-game content with a new region, new monsters, and new armor sets.
To access the new content in Iceborne, you’ll need to first complete the main story in Monster Hunter: World and reach Hunter Rank 16. Iceborne adds an additional challenge level called Master Rank, with new bounties and missions for Master Rank monsters.
Aside from an entirely new region and monsters, Iceborne adds a new Clutch Claw tool for easier monster mounting, improved two-player balance, and Hunter Helper system to encourage higher rank players to help out newbies.
The PC version includes a high resolution texture pack, DirectX 12 support, and revamped mouse and keyboard controls.
To celebrate the release of Iceborne on PC, two item packs are being offered as free login bonuses. The first item pack includes dozens of potions, berries, and a Gold Wyvern Print, and is available for all PC players of Monster Hunter World. The second will be available to Iceborne PC players only and includes Tranq Bombs, Heavy Armor Spheres, and a Golden Egg. You’ll need to login before Feb. 5 to claim them all.
More good news for PC Monster Hunters: content updates from here on out are expected to align with the console version. No more waiting!
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is available now on PC (Steam), and also for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.
Capcom is hosting two seasonal holiday events this year, one for Monster Hunter: World, and one for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Owners of the Iceborne expansion can join in on both events.
The Iceborne event is the Asian-themed Holiday Joy Fest, and it’s currently ongoing in the new hub town of Seliana, until January 5, 2020.
During the Holiday Joy Fest event, hunters will be able to earn double the number of daily vouchers, as well as earn Winter Star Tickets and Joyful Tickets through completing bounties. Over two dozen limited-time event quests for both Low/High Rank and the new Master Rank will be available, including previous year quests and overlapping events, such as the Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration.
The event will also feature special layered armor, crafted from rewards from the seasonal events, as well as the Oolong armor set, which includes a new bonus skill that grants an increased chance to get VIP Joyful Tickets, to craft special armor and charms. You can also craft new handler and poogie outfits.
See here for details on all the new event quests.
Back in the base game’s town of Asteria, they are celebrating the Christmas-themed Winter Star Fest event. The Winter Star Fest event features all the Low and High Rank limited-time event quests, and the chance to craft the Orion armor set using Winter Star Tickets, as well as the Felyne Snowcat Palico Armor and Bristly Pincushion hammer.
Both seasonal events run until January 5, 2020. Monster Hunter: World is available on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Iceborne is available on PS4 and XBO, and arriving on PC on January 9, 2020. It’s rated T for Teen.
Capcom continues its string of post-launch, cross-game collaboration with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Hunters will be able to make layered armor to look like either Leon or Claire from Resident Evil, and later this month will be able to craft special weapons inspired from Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.
The Racoon City Collaboration started November 7. Hunters who have achieved a Master Rank of at least 20 can craft Leon and Claire layered armor sets, as well as three themeed pendants by completing the new event quest. Other rewards include new zombie-like gestures and room decorations.
The collaboration also features a paid DLC costume pack, The Handler’s Terrifying Tyrant. The DLC transforms your non-combative ally into a trenchcoat-wearing brute who can join hunters on quests and prepare meals in camp.
Starting November 21, PlayStation 4 players of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be able to craft a Light Bowgun based on Aloy’s Stormslinger weapon, by completing a special event quest. Hunters must be at least Master Rank 24 to embark on the quest.
These crossover events will be followed by another big content update in December. The December Update will add another new monster, as well as the return of seasonal events, adding new decorations to the hub areas, and special limited bounties and event quests. For PS4 players, December will also bring more Horizon Zero Dawn crossover content, including a full armor set and an upgrade for the Stormslinger, as well as upgrades to last year’s Horizon Zero Dawn crossover items.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The expansion will arrive on PC in January 2020. It’s rated T for Teen.
Monster Hunters on PC have been patiently waiting for release date news on the major Iceborne expansion ($39.99) for Monster Hunter: World. Capcom has finally revealed the PC release date…
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What is Monster Hunter: World?
Monster Hunter: World is a third-person action-RPG where players customize their hunter and set off on a new world to hunt gigantic monsters, such as dragons, dinosaurs, and toothy fish-creatures. Hunters can swap between 14 different weapon styles, each with their own signature playstyle and moves, and upgrade their weapons and armor by using parts earned from hunting and capturing monsters. The game supports up to four players hunting monsters together in online co-op.
What platforms is it available on?
Monster Hunter: World released in 2018 on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A major expansion pack, Iceborne, recently released in September 2019, and is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and coming later to PC. Monster Hunter: World does not feature cross-platform play, meaning friends will need to play on the same system to play online together.
Note that Monster Hunter: World is not available on Nintendo Switch. There is another Monster Hunter game available on Switch, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, but it’s an HD port of Monster Hunter Generations, originally released for handheld gaming device Nintendo 3DS in 2016.
What is the ESRB Rating?
Monster Hunter: World is rated T for Teen with the following descriptors: Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol, and Violence.
What is the overall tone of the story?
Although players spend much of their time battling giant monsters, the tone of the campaign is one of discovery, knowledge, and research. Hunters are tasked with exploring each new region of the New World and invariably hunting and fighting all its native inhabitants, in the hopes of tracking down rare and powerful beasts known as Elder Dragons.
The New World has a seemingly unlimited supply of creatures to hunt. Hunts are generally seen as culling herds or protecting the colony rather than exterminating species. Quests occasionally give the option to capture creatures rather than kill them.
What is the level of violence?
Fighting giant monsters is the primary task, and though blood is listed as an ESRB descriptor, Monster Hunter: World is not a gory game. The violence level is closer to a comic book film, or a PG-13 Godzilla or Pacific Rim to be more thematically appropriate. Swords slash, hammers bash, and teeth chomp, but hunters and monsters alike get smacked around rather than bloodied and torn apart.
The Blood descriptor primarily comes from one of the regions, the Rotten Vale, which is one big elephant graveyard for monsters, full of bone piles and blood pools.
Visually the monsters don’t show much wear and tear during a fight with a few notable exceptions. Many monsters have severable body parts, such as horns or a tail, though they’re never accompanied by blood or gore. When heavily damaged, monsters will indicate they’re near death by limping and whining as they attempt to retreat back to their home turf.
Hunters won’t get very far without carving out monster parts they need after the hunt. The actual carving is done as abstractly as possible, with hunters kneeling down with a knife, then popping back up with the part.
What is the level of alcohol and/or drug use?
Hunters have the option to drink at the canteen in town. Eating a meal before a hunt boosts the hunter’s stats. Additional ingredients, including alcohol, can be earned by completing optional quests.
What is the level of adult language?
Language is generally mild, with characters spouting the occasional “damn” or “pissed off” during story cutscenes.
What is the level of sexual content or themes?
There is no sexual content at all in the story. The player character can be male or female, as can any hunter, with the only difference being the voice lines and the way each armor set looks. Armor is heavily stylized fantasy armor, ranging from full-body plate mail to midriff-exposed spiky bikinis for women.
What is the level of online interactivity?
Monster Hunter: World can be played entirely in single player, but is notable for allowing up to four players to join forces and hunt monsters together. As a purely cooperative game, players can easily interact via the pre-built phrases, or often not need to interact at all as they hunt together. Friends can join together by forming friends-only squad sessions.
What else do parents need to know about Monster Hunter: World?
Unlike most video games, Monster Hunter: World cannot be paused. This can be a major issue as many hunts can take between 30-60 minutes to complete, and time is a factor in every hunt. “Just one more mission” can be a lengthy undertaking, and quitting out early results in almost no rewards.
Monster Hunter: World is also a very long and complex game, with an almost unending supply of monsters to hunt and gear to upgrade. The main story alone easily takes over 50 hours, and more than likely much longer with all the side quests and missions to gain better gear. Each weapon style features advanced combos, and every monster requires experience and observation, as well as quick reflexes and weapon knowledge, to successfully take down. The result can be frustratingly challenging but also very rewarding.