Today Capcom announced a beta testing phase for the upcoming Monster Hunter: World expansion, titled Iceborne.
The first phase of the beta will be available only on PS4 and exclusively for PlayStation Plus subscribers from 3am PDT/11am BST on Friday, June 21 through 3am PDT/11am BST on Monday, June 24.
If you don’t have PlayStation Plus, a second phase will be open to everyone on PS4 from 3am PDT/11am BST on Friday, June 28 through 3am PDT/11am BST on Monday, July 1. Pre-download will be available a couple of days before the beginning of the beta, and you don’t need the base game to play.
Unfortunately, no beta testing for Xbox One or PC has been announced so far.
Here’s an overview of what will be available.
“The beta offers players three quest choices, including the beginner-friendly Great Jagras hunt from Monster Hunter: World for newcomers, the brand new horned brute wyvern Banbaro for an intermediate challenge or returning series favorite Tigrex for the fiercest of hunters.
The beta will let players test out all 14 weapon types in any of the three quests and the training area. The weapons include new features plus there are new Slinger tool options such as the Clutch Claw grapple mechanic.
Upon completing each quest for the first time, hunters can earn a total of three item packs containing helpful consumable items that will be available to use in the full version of the Iceborne expansion when it releases. With more monsters and game info to be revealed, this is just the tip of the Iceborne!”
Incidentally, this sounds like the demo that was available at E3, and you can read our hands-on preview for more details.
You can check out the trailer below.
If you want to see and learn more Monster Hunter: World Iceborne, you can enjoy another video, the previous trailer and screenshots combo focusing on the story and on the E3 demo itself, one more trailer, and the recent footage and details, on top of another batch of screenshots that were showcased during a recent reveal. We also have another series of trailers showing off the new weapon actions and the first look at the Nargacuga gear.
Monster Hunter: World Iceborne will be released worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6.
The Steam version will be released in the winter, so the gap between launches on consoles and PC won’t be as long as it has been for the main game.