As the name implies, “Iceborne” introduces a new snowy environment called Hoarfrost Reach that’s reportedly the largest region in the game so far. Naturally, it’s filled with new monsters, quests, and gear. It also features a full narrative that picks up after the events of the base game, along with a new higher difficulty Master Rank.
Sony showed off three big new creatures during the stream. One is Velkhana, an icy Elder Dragon. The wyvern Banbaro is shaggy and antlered like a reindeer or elk and it uses said antlers to toss trees and boulders at its foes, while Beotodus sports a large fin on its head and it travels through snow like a shark. “Iceborne” also sees the return of the fan-favorite Nargacuga, a flying wyvern with black fur and red eyes, and it’s adding some dangerous new tricks to its moveset.
“Monster Hunter: World” first launched in January 2018 and has shipped 12 million units across all platforms since then, publisher Capcom said in a recent financial report. That’s a record high for any single title in the company’s history. It’s managed to maintain its popularity since launch thanks to a PC port and the expansion of its user base, the company said.
“Iceborne” isn’t a standalone expansion, so people will need the “Monster Hunter: World” base game to play it. They must complete the main story through Hunter Rank 16 to access the new content, Capcom said. “Iceborne” costs $40 for people who already own “World.” There’s also a digital deluxe version that includes the expansion plus DLC cosmetic items for $50. Newcomers to the game can pick up the “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition,” which contains the main game and expansion, for $60.
Sony also showed off some gameplay footage from the upcoming remakes of “MediEvil” and “Final Fantasy VII” during the State of Play livestream. One thing it didn’t discuss, however, is its next-generation console plans. It gave Wired an exclusive peek at the currently unnamed system last month. While its specs aren’t finalized yet, it’s reportedly backward compatible with the PS4 and runs on AMD hardware derived from the company’s next-generation Ryzen 3 processor family and its unreleased Navi line of graphics cards.