Capcom announced the first expansion for Monster Hunter World, Iceborne, late last year, with it heading to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2019. And today, the company announced that a couple of beta sessions will kick off exclusively for PlayStation 4 players in the coming weekends.
Ownership of the base game is not a requirement for participating in this beta, but the first session will only be accessible to PlayStation Plus subscribers, while the second session is open to all PlayStation 4 players.
The first beta session will begin at 3AM PDT on June 21 and run until June 24. The following weekend, the second session will kick off at 3AM PDT on June 28 and stay open to everyone until June 28. Beta file preloads will also be available a couple of days before each session to not miss out on any Iceborne playing time.
There will be three quests available to play in the beta, where players can hunt the Great Jagras, Banbaro, and Tigrex, with all 14 weapon types as well as new tools - such as a new Slinger Clutch Claw grapple mechanic - to try out. Finishing these quests will also grant players item packs they may use in the full expansion once it launches.
The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion will serve as a continuation of the original campaign, while also adding a new storyline along with "quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves and gear" as new content.
Unlike this beta, however, the full expansion will require the base game to play, with Iceborne heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 6, 2019. The PC version will be a bit delayed, as Capcom plans a winter release for the platform.