'​Iceborne' Expansion And The Witcher's Geralt Destined For 'Monster Hunter: World'

Capcom has announced Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne, an expansion set to launch in the popular action RPG by autumn next year.

The DLC was revealed today during a special livestream, in which the studio explained how Iceborne will offer numerous new quests, monsters, weapons, and more, in a story closely following the events of the main Monster Hunter: World campaign.

More details will be shared about Iceborne in the spring, including a release date. In the meantime, Capcom has made it clear that Iceborne is a "massive expansion", of a similar scale to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

The livestream also revealed that Geralt of Rivia, from Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher novels and CD Projekt Red's The Witcher video game series, is set to become a playable character within Monster Hunter: World.

He'll follow in the footsteps of Dante, from the Devil May Cry franchise, and step outside his natural setting to slay monsters within another universe. Kind of like what Ciri gets up to day to day, anyway, as revealed in The Witcher 3.

But he won't just be a costume, or simply fight with fancy swords. Geralt will come partnered with his own set of "Witcher-inspired quests" to "offer a unique gameplay experience blending RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World's game systems".

This is according to CD Projekt Red, who also shared that players will experience Geralt's "signature fighting style, seamlessly blending swordplay, combat magic, and an assortment of monster hunting equipment".

The grey haired Witcher will enter Monster Hunter: World "early 2019", and, like Iceborne, will come to consoles before arriving on the game's PC version. This follows the game's initial release pattern; it released for Xbox One and PS4 in January, and PC in August.

But that's the way it is, I guess. And If you're yet to experience Monster Hunter: World, but both additions have almost persuaded you into purchasing, why not try it for free? Capcom will run a free-to-play period from 11 December until 17 December 11 on all platforms.

What do you think about these updates? Are you looking forward to them? Will you give the game a test during its free trial? Let us know.

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