PC players should consider sharpening their hunting skills now, as Capcom has confirmed the critically-acclaimed Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be arriving on Steam beginning January 9th, 2020.
The massive expansion, currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, builds on every aspect of Capcom’s best-selling title Monster Hunter: World, with an enormous amount of new content including the largest region in the game so far, a multitude of new monsters and subspecies for hunters to challenge, new gameplay options and more.
The PC version of Iceborne will include features such as a high-resolution texture pack, customizable graphical settings, and DirectX 12 support. Additionally, mouse-and-keyboard controls have been revamped across the board to better suit the new actions and abilities on PC. More info on the PC version can be found at the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne website.
Preparing for the hunt
Iceborne whisks players off to explore the newly discovered Hoarfrost Reach, a snow-covered locale that progressively expands with the story and is home to the mysterious new Elder Dragon, Velkhana. To help hunters on their journey, new gameplay features have been added including the new Clutch Claw mechanic and updates to all 14 weapon types that will provide additional combat options.
Other new “series first” gameplay features include a two-player balanced difficulty scale, the ability to ride small monsters to traverse maps and a Hunter Helper player incentive to encourage more experienced hunters to help Low and High-Rank players progress through the game. The expansion also introduces hunters to a new higher difficulty rank, called Master Rank. Hunters must have completed the main story in Monster Hunter: World through Hunter Rank 16 in order to access Master Rank and all the new Iceborne story and quests.
As with previous series iterations, Iceborne will include robust free post-launch support with the first title update for PC planned for early February. This will include the addition of fan-favorite Rajang, the Raccoon City collaboration with popular survival horror icons Leon, Claire and Tyrant, Your Room updates and more. March will continue with a second title update featuring a new monster for PC. Title updates for PC are planned to converge with the console schedule for release at the same time in the future and more details will be shared at a later time.
Several pre-order options are now available for new and returning PC players, with an exclusive Yukumo Series layered armor set bonus offered for those who pre-order early. For existing owners, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is available as digital DLC for MSRP $39.99 / €39.99. A Digital Deluxe version including both the expansion and a Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Deluxe Kit DLC of cosmetic items is MSRP $49.99 / €49.99. For newcomers, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition containing both the main game and the Iceborne expansion will be available for purchase digitally at launch for MSRP $59.99 / €59.99. The Monster Hunter: World base game is required to play Iceborne.
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