Two-player hunting parties, look forward to it!
Under Capcom's E3 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Developer Showcase, we learned a lot of new features, including Steamworks minigame, a display camera and most importantly, dynamic difficulties. This all-new feature of the Monster Hunter series is being added to Base Monster Hunter World without requiring the Iceborne expansion.
This new dynamic difficulty setting includes two brand new features. For the first time ever, a third difficulty position is introduced for two-player hunting parties. Not only that, but now, if players leave or are interrupted during a hunt, Monster Hunter World will automatically scale the difficulty down to the right level. No more dealing with a multiplayer scaled monster if you are interrupted and no worries if you can't fill a big party. Even though three-player parties are still stuck in the broader multiplayer difficulty category and palicos still won't recreate, it's still good news.
Even better, this difficulty scaling will work for the whole of Monster Hunter World, including old and new missions, and will not require the polar bear expansion to work. In the base of Monster Hunter World, there are only two difficulties: single player and multiplayer, and when a quest is upgraded to multiplayer, it will never scale down.
No news about when this fine-tuned difficulty scaling will be added, but it will work under the free Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta, which starts as soon as the weekend. And no, you don't have to own Monster Hunter: World to play Iceborne beta. Check out more features you can expect during the beta on the PlayStation Blog.
See all the new monster announced so far for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in the slideshow below.
We have to go hand in hand with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne during E3 this year, and we were most thrilled by one of Monster Hunter World: the smallest new features of the Icebones: jewel tracks on mantles! Be sure to read more about it in our Monster Hunter World: Iceborne preview, which includes additional information on weapon functionality, clutch, endemic life, monsters, and more.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne releases September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, and will release sometime this winter (for the Northern Hemisphere at least) to PC. You can read about everything else that is revealed about the Iceborne here, as well as some fan-favorite monsters we will look back here.
Casey DeFreitas is an editor at IGN who loves monster hunting, killing and catching. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD .