“People like to invent monsters and monstrosities.”
Geralt of Rivia, the main protagonist of The Witcher series, will be playable in an update coming to Monster Hunter World on February 8.
Revealed in a tweet from the official Monster Hunter account, this free update is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with no definitive word on if it will make its way to PC in the future. The news that Geralt would be playable in Monster Hunter World came last month, at which time it was revealed that Geralt would be fully voiced by original voice actor Doug Cockle.
This update will reportedly weave in familiar RPG mechanics from The Witcher with Monster Hunter’s game systems in undisclosed ways. The update was reportedly created in close cooperation with The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red.
Capcom also announced through Twitter that an “Appreciation Fest” will run from January 26 to February 22 on all platforms in celebration of Monster Hunter World’s one year anniversary. This festival will be held in the Celestial Pursuit and will be decked to the brim with decorations. According to the official website, almost all previously released event quests will be made available, along with some special new quests.
One quest we know of will be “The Greatest Jagras” hunt, available for the first half of the celebration. Daily login bonuses, limited bounties and more will contain special surprises, and there will be chances to obtain special Apprecion Fest items and equipment. A “special appreciation platter” will be made available in the Gathering Hub, and items/services at all facilities will be available at reduced costs.
OH LAWD HE COMIN!
“The Greatest Jagras” is out for revenge during the first half of the Appreciation Fest (Jan 26 ~ Feb 8)! Gear up and fight this massive foe for a chance of getting THICC rewards! pic.twitter.com/fUGzuANMm7
— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) January 11, 2019
Capcom previously announced a major content expansion called Iceborne would be coming in Autumn 2019 and includes “new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves and equipment.” Its story is also set to follow the events of the main game, and will be about the size of a previous “G” or Ultimate” Monster Hunter entry, meaning it should have enough new content to almost be a new game in and of itself.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.