Monster Hunter World expands today with the DLC world Iceborne. A gigantic region has been added to the game, teeming with ferocious new monsters just waiting to be hunted.

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne journey begins with an all-new story that picks up right after the main Monster Hunter: World game. Players fly off to explore the newly discovered Hoarfrost Reach, a snow-covered locale that progressively expands with the story which revolves around the mysterious new Elder Dragon, Velkhana. The expansion also allows hunters to achieve a higher difficulty rank called Master Rank. This advanced level introduces a ferocious line-up of new, returning fan-favorite, variant, and subspecies monsters. Players must use their expert skills and thorough preparation to succeed against each and every quest’s formidable monsters.

To aid hunters in these challenging fights, Iceborne introduces several new gameplay options. The all-new Clutch Claw mechanic expands on the Slinger tool to grapple onto monsters for more direct control and more strategies for combat. Updates to each of the 14 weapon types also open up possibilities and techniques to learn. Additional “series first” gameplay features also offer player-friendly options such as: a two-player balanced difficulty scale, ability to ride small monsters to traverse maps, and a Hunter Helper player incentive to encourage veteran helpers to aid Low and High Rank players.

Hunters must have completed the main story in Monster Hunter: World through Hunter Rank 16 in order to access the new Iceborne story and quests. A free Guardian Armor set is available now to players of World and Iceborne, offering increased defense and skills that provide a boost to help hunters through the main World story.

As with previous series iterations, Icebornewill include robust free post-launch support. The first free title update is planned for October 2019, featuring the returning fan-favorite Rajang, a hyper-aggressive monster that becomes even more lethal when angered. More information on this and other title updates will be revealed in the coming months.

If you already have Monster Hunter World, Iceborne can be acquired as DLC for $39.99. If you don’t own the game yet, you can purchase both it and Iceborne at once in the Master Edition of the game, for $59.99.

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