Capcom has detailed plans for the next major expansion to Monster Hunter World, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Geralt is slated for a guest appearance.
The Japanese publisher’s venerable Monster Hunter series took a while to truly crack the West, but since the release of the smash hit Monster Hunter World, the game has had commercial success. Capcom announced today via press release that the game has sold over 10 million units, detailed plans for an expansion called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and spilled the beans on an intriguing collaboration with CD Projekt Red.
Due for release in the fall of 2019, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is set to challenge players with all new quest ranks, new locales, new moves and gear, and of course some new monsters to hunt. The Iceborne expansion also features a full narrative experience that picks up where Monster Hunter World ended.
Capcom also has content planned to bridge the gap in the form of a note-perfect collaboration with Polish developer, CD Projekt Red. Early next year, hunters will be able to take control of Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as he plies his monster hunting trade in the New World. Capcom promises this collaboration will blend the immersive RPG experience of The Wild Hunt with the action and tracking of Monster Hunter World.
Capcom is offering a free trial version of the base game starting tomorrow, December 11, at 4pm PST and running through December 17, at 3:59pm PST. Available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the trial version lets new hunters play quests up to the three-star level, and engage in online multiplayer up to Hunter Rank 4.
For long-time hunters, Capcom announced the return of the Kulve Taroh Siege special event, slated for December 20. This special quest lets up to 16 players band together in groups of four, and take on a common foe. The developer has thrown a spanner in the works, however, as this year’s event features an even tougher Arch Tempered variant of the fearsome Elder Dragon from last year.
Finally, all players can look forward to The Appreciation Fest, a new event designed to mark the first anniversary of Monster Hunter World’s release. Coming in January 2019, The Appreciation Fest will see a re-decorated Gathering Hub, with special equipment and new anniversary quests for all hunters.
Capcom’s continued support for Monster Hunter: World, is a testament to the game’s massive success. Speaking to GameSpot in April this year, game director Yuya Tokuda highlighted the team’s surprise at the title’s reception and went on to note that it plans to continue working on updates and DLC for the game.
“I was confident in the game’s quality, but the quality is never a guarantee of success. Once I saw gamers enjoying the game at events like Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show, and during the beta test on PlayStation 4 at the end of last year, I started to get a good feeling about our chances of doing well. I have to say though, I was still surprised by just how quickly the game sold so many copies!”
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is set for release in Fall of 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC release is planned, and Capcom promises details will be shared at a later date.