No doubt you’ve been privy to the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne news. Capcom seems intensely focused on bringing back the veterans and signing on the newbies, what with marked improvements to the weapons, new monsters, an entirely new locale, and a brand new story. \n \nWell, it seems the fun doesn’t stop at Capcom; a beta has been announced and the fan base is rocking. \n \n \n \n \nFor those of you with a sour taste in your mouth regarding beta releases (thank you, Anthem), rest easy and continue polishing your controllers. \n \nWhile the initial release of the beta is limited to PS Plus holders, there is another the following weekend, for ALL PS4 players. Yes, while it seems Capcom is focusing more on those willing to shell out the money for their online service, they haven’t forgotten about the ones with tighter budgets. And with just about eighty days out from the full release, what's a week for the beta in the grand scheme? \n \nIceborne, for those not in the know, is a massive update to Capcom’s Monster Hunter World. With it we’re seeing the addition of a new map, namely the Hoarfrost Reach, a brand new story featuring the appearance of new monsters and NPCs, and weapon changes, including the addition of the new utility weapon, the Clutch Claw, which opens up whole new levels of play, as well as monster hides for additions damage. \n \nMonster Hunter World ended up becoming of Of Capcom’s best selling titles, with over 7.5 million sales in its first year, and it seems like they want to keep the gravy train rolling. \n \nThe announcement of the Iceborne expansion sent many a player into a tizzy, even newer places to explore, and longtime players have been jumping for joy at the return of favorites such as Tigrex and Nargacuga. \n \n \n \nAlso coming to the mix is Master Rank, a new level of difficulty (not unlike the G-Ranks of old) where monsters are said to be even more ferocious than normal, providing players with great challenge and greater rewards. \n \nThe Monster Hunter: Iceborne expansion in full doesn’t drop until September 6th, 2019, but the PS4 beta launches June 21-23, 2019, with the all PS4 player beta coming the next weekend, June 28-30. \n \n \n \nIceborne by itself costs 39.99$ USD, but there is a bundle for it and the base game at 59.99$ USD. \n \nMore info will be provided as things develop, and in the meantime, gamers, stay and play savvy.