Monster Hunter World’s frost-tipped Iceborne expansion finally has a PC release date. It’ll be making its approach to the platform on ninth January subsequent yr.

Iceborne, which arrived final month on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, introduces a sizeable new biome often known as Hoarfrost Reach, bringing a contemporary choice of monsters – each acquainted faces from previous instalments and new additions – to the sport.

Old foes embrace the Nargacuga, Tigrex, and Brachydios, whereas the likes of the brute wyvern Banbaro and elder dragon Velkhana makes their collection debut.

Elsewhere, Iceborne introduces a new story, a new base of operations within the type of Seliana, the considerably more difficult Master Rank – analogous to earlier video games’ G Rank missions – improved looking, quite a few quality-of-life enhancements, and extra.

Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson took his personal tentative steps into the world of Iceborne when it got here to consoles final month, and was enthralled by its breadth and depth. “Iceborne, with its stubborn challenges, can feel like it’s pitched more towards…expert players,” he wrote, “but the joy of Monster Hunter – now, as ever – is how it embraces all playstyles”.

“There’s enough there to satisfy all corners of Monster Hunter World’s 13 million strong audience,” reckoned Martin, “So, don’t be put off by Iceborne – in truth, there’s never been a better time to get into Monster Hunter.”

Iceborne’s PC release will embrace a excessive decision texture pack, customisable graphical settings, and DirectX 12 help, in addition to revamped mouse-and-keyboard controls. Free post-launch help begins in early February on the platform – introducing the Rajang, Resident Evil collaboration, and Your Room updates – and March will carry a new monster. Capcom says updates will arrive concurrently on PC and consoles sooner or later.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne can be out there in two digital editions with regards to Steam on ninth January subsequent yr. There’s the usual expansion-only model, which prices £34.99, and a significantly beefier Digital Deluxe bundle.

The latter is priced at £41.99 and options Iceborne, the Silver Knight Layered Armour Set, three new gestures, two sticker units, the Rising Dragon face paint and Flowing coiffure, plus the Traditional room decor set. The Yukumo Layered Armour Set is on the market as a pre-order bonus.

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