Monster Hunter Iceborne Beta Countdown: Start Time, PS4 Release Dates, More

Monster Hunter Icebourne’s beta is due to start soon.

We’re going to see players’ first experience of the Monster Hunter World expansion drop on Friday morning for UK players, and very early in the morning for US players.

With this new beta, we’re going to see the game follow a similar schedule to its prelaunch campaign: we’ll be seeing two testing periods for the expansion – one exclusive to PS Plus users, and one available to all PlayStation 4 users. 

Monster Hunter World players on Xbox, sadly, will have to wait for the full release.

We’ve had the opportunity to play the Monster Hunter Iceborne beta at E3 2019 – so hit that link if you’re keen to know our impressions on the upcoming expansion (spoiler alert: we loved it).

Keep on reading to learn everything you need to know about the Monster Hunter Iceborne beta’s start times and features.

When does Monster Hunter Iceborne Beta start?

The first Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta will be available exclusively for PS Plus users.

It will take place from 3am PDT/11am BST on Friday, June 21 through until 3am PDT/11am BST on Monday, June 24.

The beta is available to preload now, and you do not need the full Monster Hunter World game in order to try it out. 

The second beta will be available for all PS4 users (no PS Plus membership required) from 3am PDT/11am BST on Friday, June 28 and will run until 3am PDT/11am BST on Monday, July 1.

This beta will use the same client as the previous test, which is available to download now.

Players that take part in the beta/finish all available quests will have access to special items in the full version of the expansion when it launches.

Monster Hunter Iceborne Beta – New features?

This isn’t just a little update, this is a full expansion to the game. As such there are a variety of new things coming in with the beta, such as:

• A new region to explore – Hoarfrost Reach
• Hot springs that can be used to stave off the cold and give you a health/stamina boost
• The ability to use the Slinger at any time, even with your weapon out
• The ability to integrate Slinger into certain weapon combos
• Branching weapon combos, new weapon abilities, weapon integration with the new Clutch Claw grapple
• New Clutch Claw utility that allows you to: steer monsters via attacking their head, make monsters flinch (bouncing them into walls, traps, off ledges, etc), make a monsters hide more vulnerable so weapon attacks do more damage
• A new training room where you can master combos, learn how to use Clutch Claw
• View Mode: an in-game photography mode (just be warned this won’t pause the game)
• Difficulty scaling better refined to solo, pair or group (3/4 person) hunting

You’ll be able to play the following quests:

  • “Great Devourer, Great Jagras” (Ancient Forest, Beginners)
  • “The Big-horned Banbaro” (Hoarfrost Reach, Intermediate)
  • “The Wild Tigrex” (Hoarfrost Reach, Advanced)

Good luck hunters!

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