It’s finally December and we are only one month away from the full release of Monster Hunter World. Still, that’s a whole month of waiting and lucky for you, beta is around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know about the Monster Hunter World beta!
Beta Times and Preload
The beta will start from December 9 until December 12. It’s a four-day event for PlayStation 4 only. An active subscription of PlayStation Plus is needed to gain access. No pre-order of the game or any form of sign up required. You can start pre-loading the game on December 8 instead of wasting a day of the beta to just download it. Next, to download the beta, check your PSN Store on December 8 and it should show up for download. As to when the pre-load goes live, presumably it’s going to be 12PM EST but that is subject to change. We’ll update you once it’s out so sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be notified. The file size of the beta is 5.1 GB.
There is, of course, limits to what players get to do in the beta. Here’s a list of everything you can expect when you hit up the beta this weekend:
- Both Single Player and Multi-player are available. However, you will not be able to join a mission in progress using S.O.S flare. That will only be available in the full game. So, to play with others, party up on the menu screen before heading in. You can either search for an existing room or make your own room.
- All 14 weapon types will be available. From the main menu screen, you can access the Training Room to try out the weapons. You can pick which weapon you want to bring on quests from the menu but it is also possible to change later on in-game via visiting the base camp.
- Three playable quests. This includes the beginner-friendly Great Jagras in the Ancient Forest, the intermediate level Barroth in Wildspire Waste and the expert level Anjanath back in Ancient Forest.
- Clearing any of the three quests will net you a beta-exclusive face decal and some consumable items for the full version of the game.
- The beta is fully online meaning you will need an active internet connection, this includes Single Player mode. However, the full game will have an offline mode, this is strictly a beta thing.
- In the beta, character creation is limited to 6 presets only. You will get the complete character creation only in the full game.
PS Plus Trial
If you’re not an active PS Plus subscriber and feel that getting a month of subscription for a 4-day beta is not worth it, that’s okay. You can still access the beta by using the PS Plus seven day free-trial. But, if you’ve already used up that opportunity, there’s no other way but to subscribe 🙁