PlayStation 4 players can get a taste of Monster Hunter: World early from 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 until 8:59 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 with the launch of the Monster Hunter: World beta. The download for the beta will go live Dec. 8, with an expected file size of 5.1 GB, but players should allocate at least 5.9 GB for the download. Internet connection and PlayStation Plus are required to participate in the beta.
The beta will feature three different quests, all with multiplayer capabilities, limited character creation options, and a training area to test out any of the 14 different weapon types in the game. Each mission can be played solo, or with up to three other players. The three quests will take players through two different locations, the Ancient Forest and the Wildspire Waste, as they track down three different monsters in those areas.
Barroths, with their deadly charge attack and mudslinging ability, will be available to hunt in the Wildspire Waste. Great Jagras and the gargantuan Anjanaths will be patrolling the Ancient Forest for players to hunt during the beta.
Completing any of the three quests in the beta will earn players face paint to customize their character in the Monster Hunter: World retail release. Completing each of the three quests for the first time will earn players item sets that will help them out in the full release as well. Items include life powder, max potions, shock traps, and many more.
The announcement follows the release of a new trailer for Monster Hunter: World, which features new open world gameplay within several of the locales of the game. The trailer showcases exploration and stealth mechanics as a player travels through the Ancient Forest. It shows off several of the weapon types within the game during combat with Great Jagras and Anjanaths. There are breathtaking monster-on-monster fights that players can jump right in the middle of. A fight with a Barroth in the Wildspire Waste is also featured, so players can get a taste of the enemies they will encounter during the beta.
The beta will be a great chance for players to test out the new weapon types in the game and explore these expansive locations coming to Monster Hunter: World. The locations are stunningly beautiful, though with most open world games it comes down to how much content there is among the beautiful scenery. Hopefully the beta will shed some light on this, and give players some insight into how big the world of Monster Hunter: World truly is.
Monster Hunter: World launches on January 26, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.