Capcom’s next major expansion forMonster Hunter: World, known asIceborne, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 6, the developer announced on Thursday during a livestream. The Windows PC version will come to Steam sometime this winter.
Monster Hunter: World Icebornewill be a “massive” expansion, Capcom said, and will feature a new story, a new locale, and new monsters to battle.Icebornewill also bring back some fan favorites from previous games, including Nargacuga fromMonster Hunter Freedom Unite.
Icebornewill send players to snowy Hoarfrost Reach, said to be the largest region inMonster Hunter: Worldso far. Players will have to keep themselves warm in the frigid new landmass by drinking hot drinks and bathing in natural hot springs to stave off the cold’s deleterious effects. In Hoarfrost Reach, players will encounter new creatures, like Popo, Stonebill, and Rime Beetles, insects that roll up balls of snow like dung beetles. Players can also hitch a ride on Cortos, winged creatures that you can use to get around.
New monsters inIceborneinclude Banbaro, a new brute wyvern that likes to pick fights with other monsters and can hurl boulders and trees that get caught in its horns; Beotodus, one of the first big monsters players will fight, which likes to bury itself deep into the snow; and Velkhana, a new elder dragon that’s defined by its use of ice attacks.
To combat these new monsters, Capcom is adding new combat options, including the ability to use the slingshot-like Slinger while a player’s main weapon is drawn. The Slinger also has a new Clutch Claw, used to grapple onto monsters, and the Flinch Shot to stun them. Existing weapon types will also get new combos.
Players can find new challenges inIceborne’s new Master Rank — similar to previous games’ G rank — which will make existing monsters more ferocious.
Monster Hunter: World Icebornewill cost $39.99 as a stand-alone expansion. A bundle featuring the main game and theIceborneexpansion will cost $59.99.
Check out Capcom’sMonster Hunter: Worldspring update stream for more, and check out new images ofIcebornein the gallery below.