Monster Hunter World fans were treated to some great news this week, after Capcom announced plans to hold a beta for the Iceborne expansion.
PlayStation Plus subscribers can start playing the beta on June 21 at 11am UK time. The initial test ends just a few days later on Monday, June 24.
This will be followed by a second test on June 28, and this one is open to all PS4 users.
Perhaps best of all is that you won’t need a copy of the base game to try the beta, so you can give it a try for free.
Unfortunately, however, Capcom’s announcement isn’t such great news for Xbox One owners.
According to a Capcom spokesperson, there are currently no plans or announcements regarding an Iceborne beta on Xbox One.
There’s always a chance that Capcom will hold another beta closer to release, but for now it looks like Xbox One owners are set to miss out.
With the Monster Hunter Iceborne beta closing in, Capcom has revealed more details about what to expect from the trial.
The beta will give fans a look at the new Hoarfrost Reach location, as well as a new monster and new gameplay options.
Capcom explains more: “The beta offers players three quest choices, including the beginner-friendly Great Jagras hunt from Monster Hunter: World for newcomers, the brand new horned brute wyvern Banbaro for an intermediate challenge or returning series favourite Tigrex for the fiercest of hunters.
“The beta will let players test out all 14 weapon types in any of the three quests and the training area.
“The weapons include new features plus there are new Slinger tool options such as the Clutch Claw grapple mechanic.”
Iceborne rewards are also up for grabs for anybody who completes each mission.
“Upon completing each quest for the first time, hunters can earn a total of three item packs containing helpful consumable items that will be available to use in the full version of the Iceborne expansion when it releases,” Capcom continues.
“With more monsters and game info to be revealed, this is just the tip of the Iceborne!”
The full Monster Hunter Iceborne expansion has a September 6 release date on PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version will follow later in the winter.
Unlike the beta, players will need the base game to access the expansion, and will need to have completed the main campaign with a Hunter Rank 16 or higher.