There's still a week and some change until the launch of Monster Hunter: World's expansion Iceborne and Capcom are preparing for the final test drive, i.e. beta. PlayStation 4 players will be getting it first, followed by Xbox One crowds.
So, PlayStation 4 players of Monster Hunter: World can dive into Iceborne first, starting on 30 August at 12am PDT to 11:59pm on 01 September 2019, also PDT duh.
Xbox One players won't have to wait much longer either - their beta starts at 12am on 02 September and lasts until 11:59pm on 04 September 2019, but we're talking about PST timezone.
As you probably already know, Monster Hunter: World's PC players who are keen on getting Iceborne will have to wait for launch until January 2020, so there won't be any betas for them at this time.
As for those who can play Iceborne's beta, they'll be getting a first look at Velkhana, the expansion's "main monster" whose debut quest has been "designed for master-level hunters".
Monster Hunter: World's hunters will have four quests to choose from - hunting for Great Jagras in The Ancient Forest, hunting a Banbaro in Hoarfrost Reach, hunting a Tigrex in Hoarfrost Reach and the biggest and the baddest of the bunch - hunting for Velkhana in The Elder's Recess.
The difficulty level is also in that order, meaning from Great Jagras as the easiest one recommended for novice hunters, to Velkhana, who's Iceborne's top dog. Okay, monster, whatever.
Capcom's Iceborn beta will let Monster Hunter: World players have a go at the Clutch Claw, which is a Slinger with the added grappling funcionality that lets you affect a monster's movement too.
Each weapon comes with new actions and combos, as well as the ability to use Slingers when the weapon is drawn. There's a new mode of transportation in Tailrider monsters, which you can summon and ride around.
To top it all off, Capcom have prepared a new View Mode, which lets you check out your surroundings and take snapshots.
As for the PC, we suppose that by January 2020, there won't be any need for betas, but it's pretty clear Capcom will maintain the 6-month difference between consoles and PC.
You can learn more in the official Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta announcement, or check out more screenshots below.