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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Your top questions answered
By Sam Jones - 4th Sep 2019Games
Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne Your top questions answered
In preparation for entering the Hoarfrost Reach in Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne, many players have been searching the web for answers on Capcom's big expansion for the multi-award-winning action RPG.
Monster Hunter: World has been heavily supported on both console and PC, with a variety of new quests and challenges for Hunters to face - and in December 2018, we were treated to the news that the developers were busy working on a huge update for the game in the form of Iceborne. Introducing a brand-new ecosystem to the already bustling world, which is bigger than any current locations, players will immerse themselves in cold climates on the hunt for new beasts and a new story following on from the events of MHW.
If you've only just heard of Iceborne in recent weeks (wait, what?!) or you're seeking more information ahead of its release, we've rounded up some of the internet's most asked questions with some helpful answers.
When does Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne come out (release date)
So, Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne launches worldwide on console on September 6th, 2019.
For PC gamers, there's a little bit of a wait for your version as Iceborne is set to launch on Steam PC in January 2020.
Is Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne free
Worth asking, but unfortunately this isn't like the free updates and events previously seen in Monster Hunter: World.
Iceborne is a paid-for expansion that requires the MHW base game in order to play it. From the console prices, you're looking at around $30 to $40. If you don't own MHW, there's the 'Master Edition' which includes both the base game and the Iceborne expansion.
How to fight Nargacuga in the Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne beta
We got hands on with the Xbox version of the Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne beta recently, but it doesn't look like gamers will be able to fight Nargacuga until the full game. The beta for PlayStation and Xbox featured four different hunts focusing on Great Jagras, Banbaro, Tigrex and the new elder dragon, Velkhana.
Nargacuga, a Flying Wyvern that first appeared in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, makes a welcome return in the Iceborne expansion.
How big is Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne
As mentioned above, Iceborne introduces the Hoarfrost Reach, which will be the biggest ecosystem in the game to date. From early reports, you'll be getting an extra 20-30 hours of hunting time during the new story, with hours and hours of replayability.
Capcom confirmed that the expansion will need around 30GB of free disk space in order to install it, which gives you a clear picture of how much content is packed into this highly anticipated DLC.
How many monsters are in Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne
Can Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne be played offline
It hasn't been confirmed for Iceborne, but Monster Hunter: World can be played offline without internet connection, so we suspect that this will be the case for the expansion too.
Can you play Iceborne if you haven't finished the Monster Hunter: World story
If you want to play Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne, you will need to complete the story in MHW, which grants you Hunter Rank 16. This is the minimum level needed to venture into Iceborne's content, but if you do pick up the expansion - or purchase the base game and expansion together - you'll be able to jump into it immediately after completing the final elder dragon battle in MHW.
Plus, Iceborne brings new features that can be used in MHW like the Jagras rider, allowing Hunters to ride the small lizards and search for tracks, and the Clutch Claw, which allows you to grapple onto large monsters.
In addition, the expansion also brings the new difficulty mechanics into play, where players joining and now leaving quests will later how challenging the hunt will be.
Can you play with friends in the Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne beta
Indeed you can!
The Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne beta for both console platforms allows you to embark on the four varied hunting quests in both single-player and multiplayer.
Be sure to add Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne to your Fanatical Wishlist ready for the Steam PC launch!