New Seasonal Event and More For Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Announced

A breakdown of the latest development diary's highlights.

Earlier today, the developers of Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the game’s first expansion, released their fifth development diary. The diary contains a deluge of new information on the next title update, which includes the Raging Brachydios, Furious Rajang, Full Bloom Fest, and much more. The diary also includes a new trailer and information on system updates for weapons, cosmetics, and even furniture.

It’s a lot of information packed into a video with a run-time of more than 17 minutes, so we’ve compiled a list of the biggest highlights from the diary:

  • The new Astera/Seliana seasonal event: Full Bloom Fest. We already have a helpful guide on this free new seasonal event with any and all the information you’ll need.
  • A new monster, Alatreon, has been announced for the May 2020 update. Perhaps “new” isn’t the most correct term we can use, for it’s a fan-favorite monster from previous games. It’s incredibly powerful, for it can change forms and hit you with tons of different elemental damage types. Thankfully for you, dear reader, we have a guide to help you with exploiting Alatreon’s weaknesses.
  • Kulve Taroth is getting a Master Rank form as a four-player, limited-time event quest. This means players can now use its part to upgrade their old Kulve Taroth weapons.
  • Layered Weapons are coming! Previously, you could only apply different cosmetics to armor, but now you’ll be able to do it with a bunch of weapons. The feature will be rolled out in two parts: the first, available on the March 23 update, will let you customize only weapons with a clear base and attachment to them; the other, which will be available in April, will allow you to customize the appearance of unique weapon designs — though only on weapons that can be augmented.
  • New pendants (paid).
  • New hairstyles based on NPCs in the game (free).
  • New furniture for your room.
  • As a form of paid add-on content, you can add music to your room.
  • The Hunter Helper feature has been improved. The game will now give rewards to high Master Rank players helping those lower level than them. Now, master players will be rewarded for helping both High and Low Rank players.
  • Master Rank armor can now be upgraded to Level 20.
  • You can apply a multiplier to the Steamworks, allowing you to burn up to 10 times more fuel to get 10 times the rewards in one go. This will save you a lot of time by making you just sit there and hold the button down.

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You can watch the development diary for all the information it contains above. It’s frankly incredible to see all the new content for Monster Hunter World, the majority of which is free, showing how a development company can be just and do right by its consumers with its additional content.

It’s worth noting that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Monster Hunter World is blessedly free for PlayStation Plus subscribers to grab until April 22. It accompanies the two other free games for the month of March, which are Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Force.

For more on Monster Hunter World, check out our tag for an extensive list of guides, features, and additional coverage. The third title update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be released on Mar. 22 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with April 9 marking its arrival on PC.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's weekend writer. She's also a contributor at Paste Magazine with bylines at other Gaming™ websites. She loves few things more than Final Fantasy, BioWare games, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and K-Pop.

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