Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Now Available on PC

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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.

Celebrate 2 Holiday Events in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

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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.

Complete Quests and Save on Games During the Steam Winter 2019 Sale

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Welcome to Steamville, home to thousands of discounted PC games. The Steam Winter 2019 Sale also features Holiday Quests, where users can earn Festivity Tokens to get custom emojis, profile backgrounds, chat stickers, and a digital coupon.

First, the sales. Here are some highlighted deals:

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 $47.99 (20% off)
  • Monster Hunter: World $23.99 (60% off)
  • Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age $29.99 (50% off)
  • Resident Evil 2 $19.79 (67% off)
  • Disco Elysium $31.99 (20% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 $14.99 (75% off)
  • Two Point Hospital $11.89 (66% off)
  • Jurassic Wold Evolution $8.99 (80% off)
  • Slime Rancher $7.99 (60% off)

During the Steam Winter 2019 Sale, users can complete Holiday Quests for Mayor Carol, earning Festivity Tokens. There’s a set list of quests, followed by a new quest added each day of the sale. Quests involve doing things around the Steam library, such as adding games to your wishlist and voice chatting with a friend. Each quest earns 100 Festive tokens upon completion, and users can earn up to 2000 Festivity Tokens by completing them all, and earn an exclusive Steamville badge.

Here is the initial batch of quests:

  • Interact with Steam Labs Interactive Recommender
  • Joining a Group Chat Room
  • Make a Wish (add three games to your wishlist)
  • Take a Steam Labs Deep Dive
  • Use Chat Stickers
  • Watch the Yule Log Burn (A live broadcast of a fireplace)
  • Search for Something New
  • Check Out Steam Labs community Recommendations
  • Voice Chat with a Friend

In addition to completing Holiday Quests, you can also earn Festivity Tokens by buying games during the sale. Every $1 spent during the sale will net 100 tokens. Tokens can be spent at the Holiday Market, including new chat stickers, emoticons, and backgrounds for Steam profile pages. The real prize is a $5 coupon, redeemed with 5,000 tokens, though it’s limited to one purchase.

The Steam Winter 2019 Sale ends January 2, 2020.

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Dragon Quest 11 Surpasses 5.5 Million Copies Sold

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Square Enix is celebrating a sales milestone for Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Thanks in part to a recent Definitive Edition release on Nintendo Switch, the RPG has surpassed 5.5 million copies sold, including physical and digital sales.

Dragon Quest series creator and game designer Yuji Horii release a statement on reaching the successful milestone:

“I strongly believe that this figure has only been achieved thanks to our fans who have always loved the Dragon Quest series and also the new players who discovered Dragon Quest or JRPGs through this title. If I could ever go back in time to meet myself when I was still making the very first Dragon Quest, I would love to tell him, ‘In 30 years’ time, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been released and loved by international fans beyond seas and languages.’ I will carry on doing my very best to deliver further Dragon Quest titles to our fans worldwide. Thank you very much to all the fans who have enjoyed the title!”

Dragon Quest 11 released last year on PlayStation 4 and PC. Players take on the role of the Luminary as you gather allies, battle enemies, visit towns, and prevent a great evil from befalling the land. In other words, it’s a JRPG, but also a darn good one (read our review).

Dragon Quest 11 launched earlier this year on the Switch in a special Definitive Edition, with original Japanese voice acting, a 16-bit overland map, and new story elements. It’s rated T for Teen.