Monster Hunter World Iceborne is an expansion package developed and released by Capcom for the 2018 action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World. It was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2019 and released on Windows in January 2020. It introduces new monsters in Hoarfrost Reach, an arctic theme area, improves gameplay, and sets a new story. The game has achieved commercial success and achieved critical success, with sales of more than 5 million copies after release.
Similar to the base game, the players of “Frozen” play the role of hunters and work with other players to kill or trap large monsters. Iceborne has a new Arctic ecosystem called Hoarfrost Reach, which is said to be one of the largest maps created by the team, where players will encounter new creatures and return creatures. As the player’s story progresses slowly, more areas will be opened in Frost Cover for players to explore.
Due to the setting in a cold environment, players need to drink some hot drinks or visit hot springs to avoid running out of their stamina. Heavy snow will also slow down the player’s movement speed. Seliana is the hub of Hoarfrost Reach, where players can visit weaponsmiths and chefs. Extended features include a new fast travel system called Raider Rides, which allows players to tame and ride smaller creatures to spread to design points on the map or track monsters, while the player is still collecting certain resources on the way.
Capcom also introduced new battle options and gadgets in Iceborne, for example, enabling players to use the new Clutch Claw gadget to grab monsters and stun creatures with Flinch Shot. Now you can also use the Slinger weapon with the main weapon. All weapon prototypes have received expanded upgrade paths, as well as additional combat actions to help improve their effectiveness. The existing armor and weaponry have received additional upgrade levels.
Iceborne also introduced a new layered armor that allows players to equip other armor on existing armor to customize the appearance of the hunter while maintaining the same equipment skills. Iceborne introduced a new hunter rank called Master Rank. After reaching the master level, players will encounter more challenging enemies and creatures, although they will also receive better rewards, such as new armor.
The research committee found that when the New World suddenly heard a mysterious song and stimulated a large number of Legnana groups (monsters native to coral highlands) to suddenly move out of the sea. They followed Legiana to the polar subcontinent and established a base of operations there. They dubbed Hoarfrost Reach and Seliana respectively.
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As Hunter and Handler explored the land, they found evidence of unusual seismic activity, which seemed to have caused the ecological changes that prompted the migration of Rajana. At the same time, the tracker conducted his own investigation of her long-missing mentor. Her search proved to be fruitful, because she found the wreck of the instructor’s ship and found a piece of cloth which indicated the existence of a monster called “Old Everwyrm”. It seems to associate the song with the seismic action.
Back to Astera, ecological disturbances led to more powerful monsters, including the ice dragon; Velkhana. Due to the freezing of the entire New World environment, the committee decided that unless a counterattack was taken, the ecosystem would become too hostile to continue exploring. The hunter was sent to face the old dragon and was able to drive him back to his home in the Baishuang River section. However, this caused it to start occupying Seliana, forcing the hunter to drive it back to its place again. Track it later and complete it once and for all.
After the failure of Velkhana, the song was heard again and caused more seismic activity. The committee finds a pattern where the song appears, and predicts the appearance of the next song. The hunter took the robot and tracker there and found the ancient eternal dragon, which is an old dragon that makes sound and vibration. Shara Ishvalda (Shara Ishvalda). However, when a Nergigante appeared and killed the Elder Dragon, the battle between it and the client was interrupted. This behavior allowed the Admiral to infer the position of the Nijites in the food chain: killing monsters that threatened the ecosystem.
Later, hunters and managers tracked Nergangant Province to a new subcontinent island, which is composed of different habitats and ecosystems, which they called the “Guiding Land”. The committee chose to continue to explore this new land and explore its mysteries.
At the end of 2018, Capcom announced a major expansion to Monster Hunter: World, namely “Iceborne”, which was released on September 6, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and January 9, 2020 for Windows. Iceborne has added new hunting areas, monsters, missions and other story content that happen after world events, and its size is estimated to be similar to the past expansions they added in previous games. PlayStation 4 owners gained limited-time Beta access to Iceborne content in June 2019 (no basic World game required). Iceborne is the only major extension of the Monster Hunter: World project, because it completes the story of the game and is only minor, but will provide free downloadable content later.
The development team equated Iceborne with previous expansion release games in previous Monster Hunter games, such as Monster Hunter 4 compared to Monster Hunter 4. Although past games have been referred to as “G-level”, due to a lack of understanding of the G-level terminology in Western releases, the team chose to use “master level.”
The hunting of the master level is even more difficult than the advanced level, but it can provide better weapons and armor equipment with more generous rewards. The development team stated that it is expected that the difficulty curve of “Iceberg” will be steeper than the basic game, because like the basic game, they know that they need to bring it to players who are unfamiliar with the game in a gentle way, while those who enter the content of Iceberg will Already have experience.
Iceborne provides a new tundra-like area that requires players to deal with the effects of cold weather and travel through snowy fields. But new tools and equipment have been added to provide support. As the developers expected, some players may not have completed the core content of World before Iceborne, so the expanded features include functions that help players complete World more easily to obtain new content; for example, Iceborne’s new weapon moves and Clutch Claw can be used Used in basic games and expansions, and provides players with advanced armor, which can help deal with more difficult World content and be used for the initial Iceborne hunt.
Some of the gameplay changes introduced in Iceborne are part of the free update of the base game. Specific changes will affect the hunting difficulty of multiplayer games. In the base game, the hunt is expanded to a single player or a team of four. If more people join, the hunting difficulty will dynamically increase, but if they leave before the end of the hunt, the hunting difficulty will remain. The Iceborne patch includes a third difficulty level where two players meet, and if the player leaves, the hunt dynamically expands downward.
Like the base world game, Capcom has added new monsters in multiple free updates, including monsters returned from previous Monster Hunter games and variants of existing monsters in the current game, which usually brings new ones to the game Weapons, armor and places. Some updates include quality-of-life improvements for the basic game, and these extensions are also extended to Monster Hunter World players who do not purchase Iceborne.
The update was originally released to the console and later to the personal computer, but by April 2020, Capcom will be able to increase the version of the personal computer to the same level, so that in the future all simultaneous updates will be released to the console and the computer at the same time . These free updates last until October 2020 and introduce Fatalis, Capcom said this will be the last major update, although it will continue to support the game through patches and seasonal events.
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
September 6, 2019
January 9, 2020