The latest trailer for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has revealed the newest monster to stomp its way into the game. The new monster is named Glavenus and, from the trailer, appears to be a giant, fire breathing, dinosaur thing with a sword for a tail. It’s important to note that while new to Monster Hunter World, Glavenus has appeared in previous Monster Hunter games.
After showing a Glavenus in fights with other creatures as well as hunters the video shows off Seliana, the new social space coming to Iceborne which will, according to a blog from Capcom, will help streamline grouping up with other players. This has been a continuing issue with the baseline Monster Hunter World. The new hub space also reportedly makes accessing often used facilities, like the smithy, easier than in the original game. In addition to the gameplay trailer, Capcom produced a developer diary which noted several other quality of life and cosmetic improvements coming along with Iceborne. Most notably allowing more than one person control over in-game groups and a more customizable player room.
The video also shows off some new variants of monsters that appear in Monster Hunter: World. Variants are essentially reskinned versions of existing creatures that both allows for new fights due to changes to their behavior and elemental resistances as well as an in-game explanation for their appearance in areas of the game not patrolled by the standard versions. The first of the two new variants in the trailer is the Fulgur Anjanath, which takes the T-Rex like monster and swaps in electric powers for its typical fire breath. The second variant is the Ebony Odogoron, which appears to have either an electric or paralytic effect on some of its attacks. Given that the standard Odogoron is one of the tougher mid game monsters of the original release, an even more difficult variant seems to point to an overall upswing in difficulty in Iceborne.
Also, in case there was any doubt about just how anime Monster Hunter is, there will be a hot springs area in Iceborne.
Stephen Krusel, known as Sven Kroosl to some, has played video and tabletop games since 1987 and has written about the gaming industry since 2008. He has yet to be convinced that Final Fantasy Tactics is not the pinnacle of gaming.