During the Spring Developer Update which aired on May 9, 2019, the staff at Capcom announced a new locale called the Hoarfrost Reach. By popular demand, this polar region features new creatures and a creative spin on old mechanics.
Hoarfrost Reach is surrounded by trees and offers various snow effects much different from what we’ve seen in the base game. When crossing the snow-covered paths, hunters now leave trails behind them. However, hunters should not take too much time admiring the locale during their travels, as crossing these areas will eat up their stamina. Fortunately, hunters are able to produce hot drinks on the fly using hot peppers, ingredients that can be gathered from plants in the region.
The new locale is home to various creatures like Popo, Stonebills, and Rime Beetles. Popo is a returning creature from previous titles, and looks similar to a woolly mammoth. Stonebills are new birds whose function is yet to be revealed. Rime Beetles are new insects which are similar to Dung Beetles. Sometimes, hunters can observe these insects rolling balls of snow. Hunters can harvest these balls to obtain Crystalburst, a new type of ammo.
Same Mechanics, with a Twist
The sheer size of the new locale could easily overwhelm both new and old hunters. They will need to depend on their environment to cross the dense snow by using wingdrakes. Hunters are able to hitch a ride on the new wingdrakes called Cortos to quickly cover large distances.
As mentioned above, hunters need to conserve their stamina. To stave off the cold, they can also visit hot springs. Similar to hot drinks, hunters can keep themselves warm and relieve some ailments by plunging into one. Hunters can encounter monkeys during their visit.
Brand New Monsters
Not everything in Hoarfrost Reach is a walk in the park, however, as hunters face new challenges by taking on new monsters. Hunters need to learn to use new tools should they wish to surpass these challenges.
If you missed it, you can still watch the archived stream of the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Spring Developer Update below
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019 for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A Steam release is planned for winter of the same year.
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