The upcoming Iceborne expansion of Monster Hunter World brings some big changes and bigger monsters. But while cool new tools like the clutch claw have probably been noticed, there are tons of less noticeable improvements that will likely make experienced hunters scream with the same enthusiasm "YES FINALLY".
We Must Play This The first few hours of Iceborne last week, and while you can watch us fight three of its new subspecies monsters here, these small improvements in the quality of life are truly outstanding. There are certainly many more, but here are nine of the most exciting tweaks we've ever seen – You should watch the video at the top of the page to see them in action!
There is a schedule for events in the game.
As soon as you get your sign up bonus, you'll notice two new buttons, one of which directs you to an in-game events schedule. It was empty in the work-in-progress build we were working on. However, this probably means that you no longer have to look at an external website for which event quests are still pending. Hooray!
Seliana's rallying ground has everything
It seems to be a trend of Iceborne to bring things closer to your fingertips, one of the gathering points in the new city of Seliana. All you would normally need to access Asteras Gathering Hub is included in this folder. The Armory, the Resource Center, the Argosy, your harvest boxes. You name it, it's here, all without a loading screen to get any of it. In addition, you can return to missions as usual, if you wish. And honestly, why should you go at this point?
New headquarters-specific Radial menus
Another nice optimization that you can use in both hubs is adding new Radial menus specifically for you are back to basics. Regardless of your Radial menus in the middle of the quest, you can now create menus designed specifically for gestures and stickers without having to make room for items.
In addition, exchanging Item Loads will no longer automatically change your Radial Menu settings. You can still set custom radials for each loadout, but you can now choose not to switch to it when changing!
Setting "Craft All" in the Radial Menu
These are not the only improvements in the Radial Menu: While you can always assign a slot to making a slot. Previously, only one of the items you selected was ever made. There is now the option to create all items with a single click on a radial menu link, which will be useful in long battles.
Match Bowgun's From the Item Box
The Item Box has received a long overdue upgrade as you can now customize your bowguns. This will save you the way to the armory, just to make one change if necessary.
Likewise, Seliana has a place for your Palico where you can sit next to each item box so you can customize your equipment without going in your room. Seliana is basically a convenience dream.
You can finally stroke your PALICO.
This is not an exercise. I repeat, this is not an exercise.
In the probably most important change on this list you can finally pet. Your. Palico. A great injustice has been resolved as you can pet, play with and give love and devotion to the animals in the foot spa of the Seliana Gathering hub. You can even pick her up and have her feet squirted in the water!
Fire your Slinger with every gun that was pulled
Out of the sauna and into it The somewhat less relaxing fire of battle, an absolutely wonderful change , is the ability to fire your Slinger with each weapon drawn. You can simply fire as usual without sheathing, much as sword and shield could. Doing this with ranged weapons and insect heat is a little smarter as they share control with the Slinger, but it's still easy enough. It's a tiny change that makes a big difference.
A Small Slinger Ammo Visual Tweak
Slingers have a further improvement in the quality of life that may not be quite as monumental. If you equip ammo from your bag, you will now see the symbol of a captured ammo that you have already loaded behind it. It has not changed functionally, but it is a nice change for the forgetful of us – especially when the Clutch Claw emphasizes the use of Slinger shots to spin monsters]. As previously announced, the difficulty level of Iceborne now better at your group size. While monster health simply doubles in multiplayer, regardless of whether you have two, three or four players in your group, Iceborne scales better for groups of two. Triplets still have the short end of the bat, but it's still a welcome change.
Excitingly, this variation will actually be in Monster Hunter World, whether you buy Iceborne or not. While the joys of Seliana's gathering hub are obviously limited to expansion, we hope that some of these other changes will reach the base game as well.
We asked Capcom if this was the case for everything on this list. and there are certainly more quality of life improvements we have not mentioned here. Be sure to check out our new gameplay videos fighting three of the Iceborne subspecies, and we'll have much more of Iceborne! Tom Marks is IGN's deputy review editor and resident pastry maker. You can follow him on Twitter .