It’s been a good week for Monster Hunter World news, firstly with the announcement of its massive Iceborne expansion and now again with word of a free week’s play.
No doubt an initiative to attract more players before Iceborne’s release this September, Capcom have teamed up with Sony to give all PlayStation 4 owners the opportunity to play Monster Hunter World as a free trial from now right up until May 20th.
The Monster Hunter World Trial Version is live on the PlayStation Store right now, and will grant users access to an impressive amount of content. The demo begins right from the start of the story, granting full access to character creation and customisation options. Players will have access to all eight assignments leading up to three star quests, as well as freedom to explore two of the base game’s five regions: Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste.
Online play with other trial players and existing Monster Hunter World owners is enabled in full and any save data from your trial will carry over to the main game should you choose to purchase it. Players will also have access to all weapons, armour, and upgrades up to Hunter Rank 4.
When it is released on September 6th Iceborne will introduce players to the frozen region of Hoarfrost Reach, full of new things to see and new beasties to hunt. The expansion will not be receiving a standalone release so you’ll need to own the base game in order to play it. Hoarfrost Reach is so cold that players will need to find ways to keep warm. Items like Hot Peppers and the natural hot springs scattered throughout the region will be vital to your survival.
As Hoarfrost Reach is a newly discovered region, the region map will be blank upon starting Iceborne. Players will have to explore in order to discover everything the region has to offer, and Capcom promise that when it is fully uncovered Hoarfrost Reach will be the largest region in Monster Hunter World. Alongside the announcement made at Sony’s recent State of Play livestream, a trailer was released showcasing some of the expansion’s breath-taking scenery and showing gameplay footage of new gear and new monsters. Check it out below.
With over 12 million units sold worldwide since launch and the recent announcement of Iceborne, now is as good a time as any to join the Monster Hunter World community. So if you fancy giving it a go, feel free to download the trial version through the PlayStation Store now. If you’re an Xbox One owner but you still want to try out Monster Hunter World for yourself, the game is currently available through Xbox Game Pass.