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PS4's Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Beta Pre-Loading Begins; Dates Confirmed

Put on your snow shoes.

Get ready for a cold snap. Monster Hunter World is preparing to kick off beta sessions for Iceborne on PlayStation 4, in preparation for the expansion launch later this year. The beta does not require a copy of the full game, although the first of two scheduled tests does require a PlayStation Plus subscription. Ahead of the PS Plus test starting this Friday, June 21, pre-loading has begun; you can start downloading the beta now from the PlayStation Store. It's 6.48 GB in size.

The beta will let you try out three quests of varying difficulties. A Great Jagras hunt will be welcoming for newcomers to get your feet wet. The wyvern Banbaro offers a mid-level challenge. And finally, the Tigrex will challenge the most seasoned hunters.

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You'll also have access to all 14 weapon types across these three missions, plus access to the training area. Weapons will include new features along with the Clutch Claw grapple and Slinger tools. Completing each challenge will earn you an item pack of consumables that will be waiting for you in the full version of Iceborne, when it launches.

The first Iceborne beta will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus users and begin on Friday, June 21 and run for three days. The second will be available or all PS4 owners and begin on Friday, June 28 and also run for three days. You can see the exact start times below.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is coming on September 6 to PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release following in the winter. You will need Monster Hunter World to place the full Iceborne expansion, and you'll need to have finished the main story through Hunter Rank 16 to play the Iceborne content.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Start Times And Dates

  • PlayStation Plus Exclusive Beta: June 21-June 24
    • 3 AM PT
    • 12 AM ET
    • 11 AM BST
    • 8 PM AEST
  • PlayStation 4 Wide Beta: June 28-July 1
    • 3 AM PT
    • 12 AM ET
    • 11 AM BST
    • 8 PM AEST

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