Capcom has released a new trailer for the upcoming Iceborne expansion to its critically acclaimed smash hit Monster Hunter World. The trailer details a host of improvements and enhancements that the expansion adds to the base game. These include improved multiplayer, new monster subspecies, and an all-new hub area.
Check out the new trailer below. For more in-depth details on the new content, read on.
Many of the series’ existing monsters have been revamped for their appearance in Iceborne. Capcom has described these altered species as “extreme, twisted variations that amp up the difficulty and require master-level hunting skills to defeat.” The developer has provided the following info about these versions of the creatures.
The latest trailer provides a peek at just two of the ferocious variants that await: the electrifying brute wyvern Fulgur Anjanath channels lightning instead of fire and the fanged wyvern Ebony Odogaron is more vicious than ever with a wider attack range and dragon elemental. In addition to these fearsome subspecies, the fiery Glavenus, whose distinguishable roar was teased in the previous story trailer, wields its sword-like tail to wipe out hunters with its trademark sweep attack.
Between hunts, players will have a new hub area to enjoy. The Gathering Hub has been streamlined to offer many player necessities in one convenient area, all grouped around a central hot spring. It will also allow the player to create their own personalized room with their own decorations and furniture. A post-launch update is planned to allow players to visit each others’ rooms online.
Of course, multiplayer is one of the signature aspects of Monster Hunter, and Iceborne promises to improve upon that formula even further. This expansion will include new difficulty balancing, streamlined player invite system, additional weapons for Palico sidekicks, and more. Capcom gives the full rundown below.
Further gameplay options offer additional flexibility for multiplayer hunting parties. A series-first scaling balanced difficulty which will adapt for a two-player team if others have dropped out or if a duo sets out to tackle a quest with their Palicoes in tow. The furry sidekicks will also get upgraded gadgets and new options such as the Shieldspire Stooge, a mobile decoy that draws a monster’s attention away from the player, the Meowcano, a giant jar that shoots out fireballs at enemies, and an enhanced Vigorwasp that can revive players immediately back into battle if they faint. New Squad Cards featuring info on the respective team can be sent to invite others to join the group, similar to how Guild Cards for each hunter can be traded individually. Sub-leaders have been added for Squad teams and can share duties on recruiting and accepting team requests.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will release for PS4 and Xbox One on September 6th, with a PC release to follow sometime this Winter.