E3 2019 Hands-on: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is Pretty Chill

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is, yes, Monster Hunter on ice. The new DLC expansion to Monster Hunter World, Capcom’s 2018 sales titan, transports players to Hoarfrost Reach: an uncharted frozen tundra teeming with dangerous beasts. Additionally, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne introduces new monsters and tools into the main game.

At E3 2019, Yahtzee Croshaw went hands-on with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne via a fresh demo. “[Iceborne is] more of Monster Hunter but now there’s a snowy level,” Croshaw deadpanned from the show floor. “And they introduced a grappling hook so you can climb on monsters like in Dragons Dogma, but not so much. [You can’t] hook on terrain or anything when we need to get somewhere quick.”

Iceborne’s greatest attribute may be patience. Live service titles like The Division 2 or Destiny plan out content ahead of time via a roadmap, but with Monster Hunter World, Capcom displayed a wonderful sense of restraint. Despite the main game releasing in early 2018, Capcom took its time with Iceborne and understandably so; the game sold 12 million copies and needs the first expansion to keep that momentum.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on September 6.

Riley Constantine

Riley Constantine

Editorial Assistant. Riley Constantine is Iowa's third greatest export behind Slipknot and life insurance. She loves to review movies and games while examining how they often mirror the bizarre world we live in.

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