Monster Hunter: World has received numerous content updates throughout its first year since release; Introducing brew weapons, armor sets, quests and, most importantly, monsters. The Iceborne DLC announcement comes as the first major expansion to the title, set to land in Fall 2019.
Iceborne will feature familiar monsters as well as some brand new ones as Hunters continue to explore and uncover the secrets of the New World. The new expansion will introduce a whole new continent and landscape to explore, putting Hunters against new trials and hazards as well as tweaking and adding to the existing core mechanics.
The new expansion will bring Hunters new land and a whole new story to explore, taking place after the events of the main game. Hunters will be able to uutilizeall of the equipment from Iceborne in the base game locales and vice-versa.
As well as returning a few familiar beasts, Monster Hunter: World‘s Iceborne update will introduce the much awaited G-Rank or ultra high difficulty quests. These will stand as a cut above the already infamous Arch-Tempered monsters, forcing Hunters to think on their feet and use every tool at their disposal.
Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has released a brief 6-minute video talking a little more in-depth about what Iceborne has to offer and the details on what to expect. While nothing staggering is revealed, Tsujimoto-san goes on to say that the next Arch-Tempered Nergigante hunt as part of the Anniversary Festival in 2019 will mark the end of new content until Iceborne’s release. Previous quests and events will run but no new monsters or events will occur until after Iceborne, giving Hunters the chance to tool up ready for the new New World.
The trailer below hints at Nargacugas being one of the many returning monsters, given the title it’s likely we will encounter the Barioth, Tigrex and, hopefully not, the Gigginox in the new environments.