A Monster Hunter: World Iceborne board game is coming by Steamforged Games. This announcement continues the studio's reputation of producing bespoke board games and expansions based on popular videogame licenses such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil, and Dark Souls. This project will be a direct follow-up to the successfully crowdfunded Monster Hunter board game developed by the same studio in 2021.
The Monster Hunter: World Iceborne board game announcement
According to an official press release from Steamforged Games, the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne board game will be a standalone experience based on the Monster Hunter: World expansion. Much like its predecessor, you and up to three other friends will still work together to defeat giant monsters like in Capcom's action RPG. You will do this through strategic, card-based combat. The more monsters you slay, the better weapons you can craft, allowing you to hunt bigger monsters.
As for what is new in the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne board game, there are a few things. Like the game's expansion, your hunts will take place in snowy frozen tundras, which will affect both the kinds of monsters you hunt and how you'll face them. In addition, players will have access to the Clutch Claw, giving them greater mobility in these arenas. Finally, this board game will introduce a popular mechanic from the series: Turf Wars. This is where a monster hunt can be interrupted by other invading monsters, leading to chaotic clashes of collateral damage.
“We’re beyond excited to continue our journey through the Monster Hunter: World universe. There are many big fans of Monster Hunter on the team, and it’s been a pleasure seeing how positively the first board game has been received as an authentic and faithful adaptation. Now, we’re dedicated to bringing Iceborne to life on the tabletop in a way that does equal justice to the unique experience of hunting monsters through the frozen wastes. Get your Clutch Claws ready!” – Steamforged Games' Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Mat Hart
The Kickstarter campaign for the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne board game will be going live on May 18. 2023.