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Monster Hunter World announces new Iceborne expansion coming 2019

Additional Special Content Including Collaboration with The Witcher® Series and In-Game Anniversary Event Coming Early Next Year; Trial Version of Monster Hunter: World™ for Consoles Begins This Week

Hunters around the globe can prance in joy! Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games; today announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne; a massive expansion for the highly-acclaimed more than 10 million unit-selling Monster Hunter: World. The new content will be available for download in autumn 2019; for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices; with more details on the PC release to be shared in future announcements.

The content-rich Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will feature new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves and gear in addition to a full narrative experience that continues on from the ending of Monster Hunter: World. The Monster Hunter: World base game is required for the expansion; is currently available across consoles and PC. More information on the expansion will be shared next spring.

A new teaser trailer offering a sneak peek at the upcoming Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion

In addition, there is plenty of exciting content for current players of Monster Hunter: World to look forward to soon. Capcom is working on a special collaboration with CD PROJEKT RED; to bring professional monster hunter Geralt from The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt; into the New World early next year. Unique quests will offer a brand-new type of gameplay; that blends the immersive RPG experience of The Witcher 3 with Monster Hunter: World. The voice actors for Geralt have also contributed newly recorded dialogue to further enhance this collaboration.

In the meantime, the Kulve Taroth Siege; a special event quest which allows up to 16 players in groups of four each to team up towards a common goal; will return on December 20. This time, however, a tougher Arch Tempered version of this colossal monster which yields more powerful rewards awaits hunters.

As another special thank you to hunters around the world; to mark a year since Monster Hunter: World launched we’d like to announce The Appreciation Fest; coming up on the anniversary of the game’s release in January 2019. The Appreciation Fest will include a newly decorated Gathering Hub; special equipment that can be obtained in brand new quests and a slew of new anniversary quests for everyone.

For players who have not yet tried Monster Hunter: World; a free Trial Version of the base game will be available on PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One; starting December 12 at 00.00 UCT through December 17 at 11:59pm UCT. Offering a hefty preview, the Trial Version allows new players to experience quests up to the 3-star level and online multiplayer up to Hunter Rank 4. This will provide plenty of opportunities to try out a variety of quests, craft and upgrade equipment;  join in on the game’s trademark cooperative multiplayer action with existing owners of the game. In addition, any saved progress transfers over to the main game; so new players are encouraged to start their hunting journey.

In Monster Hunter: World, players take on larger than life monsters in a variety of vast, living, breathing ecosystems; either solo or with up to three other hunters via online co-op; complete with drop-in functionality, a first for the series. The story follows the journey of the elder dragons as they begin their once a decade migration; across the sea to a land known as the New World; in an event referred to by inhabitants as the Elder Crossing. As part of the Guild’s Research Commission; players must embark on a grand journey to this massive, mysterious land and uncover the secrets behind this phenomenon.

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion will build upon this story when it releases in autumn 2019; for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One. For all the title updates revealed today; including the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion, Capcom is planning to develop PC versions as well and will share more on the availability in future announcements.

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