What you need to know
- Monster Hunter: World is getting a massive expansion in September.
- Iceborne adds a new region, dragons, and much more to the base game.
- A beta takes place on Xbox One in September.
- You can preorder Monster Hunter World: Iceborne for $40 at the Microsoft Store.
Updated September 2, 2019: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta is now live. You can download it on Xbox One here.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an upcoming expansion that adds a new story, monsters, weapons, and more to the base game. It's expected to launch on September 6, and Capcom keeps on releasing new details about the project. Since it's a multiplayer game, the publisher revealed that a beta test was going to take place for Xbox One a few days before launch.
Anyone with an Xbox One and access to Xbox Live can participate. The beta starts on September 2 at 3 AM EDT and ends at 2:59 AM EDT on September 5. Since the expansion comes out right around when the test ends, let's hope it's a polished experience on the console.
Do you have what it takes to slay the mythical Elder Dragon Velkhana? Take on this frosty challenge in the #Iceborne Beta for PS4 and Xbox One:
❄️ PlayStation 4: Aug 30 ~ Sep 1
❄️ Xbox One: Sep 2 ~ Sep 5 pic.twitter.com/KUrtZM3aTuDo you have what it takes to slay the mythical Elder Dragon Velkhana? Take on this frosty challenge in the #Iceborne Beta for PS4 and Xbox One:
❄️ PlayStation 4: Aug 30 ~ Sep 1
❄️ Xbox One: Sep 2 ~ Sep 5 pic.twitter.com/KUrtZM3aTu— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) August 26, 2019August 26, 2019
Single-player and multiplayer content will be available during the test, so you can experience a wide range of missions. If you complete a number of objectives, then you'll be granted in-game items like the A-List Certified Pack. These transfer over to the expansion. You can read more about it here.
Just like Monster Hunter: World, the Iceborne is Xbox One X Enhanced. It runs at a native resolution, while the PlayStation 4 Pro version relies on checkerboard rendering. It'll be interesting to see if this changes once the final build launches. Additionally, Capcom has also given players a 60 frames per second toggle for those who want smoother gameplay.
Go claim your prize
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne adds new monsters, weapons, and quests to the game. Please note that if purchased from the Microsoft Store, you'll need to already have the base game. Luckily, it's part of Xbox Game Pass.
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