Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is the new downloadable expansion to Monster Hunter World that adds a huge amount of extra content to explore. Iceborne adds many new monsters alongside an entire map to explore and another set of story missions to complete.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has a $39.99 price tag, which may seem a bit much for just a DLC expansion. However, it provides an amount of content that makes it more akin to a new game using the same Monster Hunter World engine than just an expansion.
The time it takes to finish Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will vary from person to person. As reviews come in, the time it takes reviewers to finish the main story ranges from 20 to 40 hours. This depends on whether or not the player is familiar with the game, and how much of the base Monster Hunter World game they have played through. It seems that if a player is familiar with the game and focuses on the story missions with a few side quests here and there, Iceborne should take about 30 hours.
The important thing to keep in mind about Monster Hunter is that it is an experience that really shines in the late-game after the story is over. As in the base game, some of Iceborne's monsters are not available until after the main story. Maximizing the damage on weapons and getting the best gear takes a long-term effort that involves fighting many monsters over and over again. People who dislike grinding may not enjoy Monster Hunter World at all, but those who take pleasure in perfecting combat against tough foes and slowly building up a character will have a lot to sink their teeth into.
This is a game in which players are expected to grind until they have some of the best gear in Monster Hunter World before having a chance to defeat the toughest monsters. For those interested in just the story, Iceborne should provide a solid 30 hours of content. However, if players want to max out their characters and see everything that Iceborne has to offer, they will be in for the long haul. Iceborne has the potential to keep Monster Hunter World alive as a game that players return to time after time in order to reach ever higher heights.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release in 2020.