Capcom just hosted its Monster Hunter: World Spring Developer Update broadcast, where we got to see the latest of the Iceborne expansion that introduces its new flagship monster Velkhana and plenty more.
First, here’s a look at the full Spring Developer Update which begins at the 30:18 mark of the above embed.
While the actual live stream runs for close to half an hour, you can check the video below for a gameplay reveal:
Older fans of the series might recognize a certain roar at the end of the trailer—yes, the one and only Tigrex. He’s back!
Here’s more information on what’s new from the Capcom Blog:
The story of Iceborne starts after the conclusion of the events tied to the end of World with the Elder Crossing phenomena, as the Research Commission begins to notice very unusual Legiana behavior in the New World. This new mystery is the catalyst for a whole new story chapter that leads us to a brand new locale, and the discovery that the legendary Velkhana is way more than just a myth…
Chasing this mystery leads us to a remote part of the New World, a land of extreme conditions where the cold is so intense you’ll need to outfit yourself with specific gear and items to keep warm during your hunts. Enter the Hoarfrost Reach.
Despite being such a harsh environment, it is actually full of energy and life. From small endemic life like Rime Beetles, to fierce new monsters like the predatory Beotodus and the brutish Banbaro, you’ll have plenty to explore, discover and hunt! I’ll leave you with this fun fact about the environment: Iceborne is set to offer the largest region in World so far.
As new threats make their debut, and returning fan favorite monsters—like the sleek Nargacuga—pop up in the New World, the Research Commission has workshopped a hefty upgrade to your Slinger so you can keep up with these new challenges. This new and improved version of the Slinger will be available to all Iceborne players (even if you’re still going through the World story) and adds a couple of key features:
#1. The Slinger can now be used while your weapon is drawn! This will open up a variety of opportunities for dealing with monsters, setting up new powerful combo attacks, getting out of harm’s way, etc.
#2. Clutch Claw: a versatile tool that lets you grapple onto monsters at a moment’s notice. From there you’ll also be able to unleash devastating attacks or even directly guide the monster momentarily.
You can watch all of this in action (and more!) in our special Spring Update, hosted by producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and directors Kaname Fujioka, Yuya Tokuda and Daisuke Ichihara. I can’t wait to see all the new hunting strategies you create with these added gameplay options.
Those who already own Monster Hunter: World will get to purchase the Iceborne expansion digitally for $39.99 or a Digital Deluxe version for $49.99 with a bundle of cosmetic DLC items.
Capcom is also preparing an all-in-one package that has both Monster Hunter: World and the Iceborne expansion called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition which began pre-orders today for $59.99. Pre-orders also include a bonus Yukumo armor set.
Lastly, we got a peek at the Monster Hunter World: Master Edition Deluxe that’ll be available for $79.99 in North America only, for PS4 and Xbox One. It comes with a Steelbook cover showing a battle between the new flagship monster Velkhana and the previous one in Nergigante. This edition includes Monster Hunter: World, the Iceborne expansion, and the Iceborne Deluxe Kit which contains a bundle of cosmetic DLC items.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2019. It’ll arrive to PC via Steam in Winter 2019.