Monster Hunter: World Freezes for its First Expansion, Geralt to Join the Hunt
Capcom made several announcements regarding the future of Monster Hunter: World. The news includes the newly-announced expansion Iceborne, an upcoming crossover event with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a returning Special Event quest, and a brand-new trial mode for new players to the game.
Iceborne will be the first major expansion for World, featuring new frozen biomes, quest ranks, monsters, gear, and moves. It will require the base game to use when it becomes available later in the fall of 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC will also receive the content but at a later date. More information will be made available about Iceborne in Spring 2019.
Coming in early 2019 is the game’s next crossover event, this time featuring Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 3. As a part of this event, a new, unique quest line with brand new gameplay will be implemented to bridge the gap between the two franchises. The different-language voice actors of Geralt will also record new dialogue for the collaboration.
Soon to arrive to the game are its two upcoming, limited time events. The first is the return of the Kulve Taroth Siege, an event in which sixteen people split into groups of four to work toward a common goal. This time around, the event will feature an Arch Tempered version of the monster, which increases the difficulty while increasing the rewards. The event returns to the game on December 20, 2018. Secondly, Capcom will be celebrating one year of World with the Appreciation Fest. To begin on the night of the game’s first anniversary, the Appreciation Fest will have a freshly decorated Gathering Hub and a collection of new quests to unlock special equipment.
Finally, Capcom announced that it will be offering a trial period for the game on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Beginning on December 11, 2018, and running through December 17, 2018, the trial will offer players a chance play the game until three-star quests and online Hunter Rank 4. Any progress made in the trial can be carried over to the full game.