Monster Hunter World Iceborne PC release time: Big update for MHW Steam launch date

Monster Hunter World fans on PC are gearing up for the release of the big Iceborne DLC on Steam.

The player count has been slowly rising the closer we’ve been getting to the big launch date in January 2020.

And now fans are less than 24-hours away from unlocking Monster Hunter World Iceborne on PC.


Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter World Iceborne has a release date set for January 9, 2020, on the PC Steam platform.

And the good news is that we also know the unlock times for when MHW Iceborne will become playable.

According to the latest news shared on the Iceborne Steam page, the new Monster Hunter World expansion will be available to download at 5pm, GMT.

For gamers in the United States, that means starting your MHW Iceborne adventures at 9am ET, on January 9.

The new Monster Hunter World DLC will need to be downloaded on the day, and it looks like it’s going to be a big one.

From what has been shared so far, even if you’re not planning on buying Iceborne on Steam, you will need to download the update with all the content stored in it.

That means you will have to make room for a big patch, possibly weighing in at around the 40GB+ mark.

A message from Capcom explains: “In order to play on the same servers, owner of either Monster Hunter: World or Monster Hunter World: Iceborne must download a large update, which also includes optimised files of the Monster Hunter: World base game data.

“The game requires the following total space, regardless of whether you have purchased Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, are updating from Monster Hunter: World, or are installing the game for the first time.

“Game: 48GB required – High-Resolution Texture Pack: 45 GB required (optional). An extra 300MB of free space is required for save data.”


Monster Hunter World Iceborne is a massive new expansion that opens up a large chunk of new map to explore and Monsters to take down.

Hoarfrost Reach brings new challenges to the game, with deep snow able to impede your movement and new monsters to hassle you in the wild.

And on top of the low rank and high rank, there is now a new quest difficulty called “master rank.”

Master rank quests will only become available once you purchase the Iceborne expansion, although the new update will add other stuff too.

MHW gamers will notice that View Mode for taking screenshots has been added, as will various game balancing changes.

Two player difficulty has been added to multiplayer, the Research Base will now boast a Smithy proxy and Resource Center, with Layered armour also making its debut.

So regardless of if you’re planning on buying and playing Monster Hunter World Iceborne on PC this week, there’s going to be plenty of reasons to download the latest update.

Here are some of the confirmed Monster Hunter World Iceborne changes fans who buy the DLC will unlock on January 9:

A new story that starts after the ending of Monster Hunter: World has been added.

  • Master Rank added.
  • New Headquarters and Gathering Hub added.
  • New locales and endemic life added in line with the new story.
  • New monsters added in line with the new story.
  • New weapons, armour, and skills added.


  • Clutch Claw added.
  • New moves and combos, etc. added to all weapons
  • All weapons can now fire the Slinger with the weapon unsheathed.
  • New training area features added.
  • Increased Palico level and gadget proficiency.
  • Tailraiders can now be mounted after establishing good relations with the Lynian tribes. Tailraider monsters will automatically move to areas when directed.
  • New character parts added.
  • Your room in Seliana can now be redecorated.
  • Extra slots for item loadouts

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