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A Look at Some Lesser Known Survival Horror Gems

Survival horror is a subgenre of video games inspired by horror fiction that focuses on survival of the character as the game tries to frighten players with either horror graphics or scary ambience. It’s a genre that’s dipped in and out of fashion, but never truly disappeared.d thriving is a good sign for things to come.

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Survival horror is a subgenre of video games inspired by horror fiction that focuses on survival of the character as the game tries to frighten players with either horror graphics or scary ambiance. It’s a genre that’s dipped in and out of fashion, but never truly disappeared. Even today we have games like Resident Evil 7 being hits, Fatal Frame 5 finally getting a Western port in late 2015, and everyone trying to shape their horror games after the massively successful Silent Hills playable trailer (PT), and that was just a demo for all intents and purposes. There are the more divisive entries into the genre, such as The Evil Within and the upcoming sequel, but seeing it still alive and thriving is a good sign for things to come.

As we lead up to Halloween, there are some insanely good survival horror games and franchises from years ago that should certainly not be lost to time. If you’re looking for a horror-themed game to play this month, diving into the sea of survival horror games from earlier days is a great place to start. Here are some titles, mostly from the PS2 days but some from even earlier, that you may not have encountered before but are definitely worth your time. These games hold up even today, sometimes the controls are awkward and the spooks are a little weak due to the graphical limitations of the day, but they all have core elements that are fantastic and a chilling and entertaining story to tell.

Parasite EveParasite Eve

Square’s survival horror game was published back in 1998 for the PS1, and spawned 2 sequels that ended up deviating a fair bit from the original in tone and mechanics. It’s an incredibly interesting series that follows NYPD officer Aya Brea attempting to stop a world-destruction oriented monster. The game implements RPG elements and has a plausable real time battle system, an interesting choice that actually feels very fluid with the pacing. Aya fights her way through New York as corrupted and mutated versions of natural life assault her, with some great monster designs that form a constant threat.

The game is very linear, you’ll be taken down the direct story path and encounter everything the game has to offer along the way, so it doesn’t lend itself to replayability so well. However the first playthrough is a thrill ride as you watch the city crumbling around you. Parasite Eve also probably has the most uses of the word “mitochondria” of any video game as things gets scientific as much as they gets disturbing

SirenSiren

Siren, also known as Forbidden Siren, is a stealth/survival horror game mixed with a terrifying story and some of the more menacing enemies in horror. The game was released in 2003 (2004 in the West) for the PS2 and was developed by SCE Japan Studio and the aptly named Project Siren. The game takes place in a village in Japan named Hanuda, where an interrupted ritual and an unfortunately timed earthquake drags the village onto a precarious ledge between time and space. An ominous religious background supports the main enemies of the game, an undead army named Shibito that seem to be unkillable.

The mountainside village and dark woods make for a foreboding setting to the game, and the darkness acts as your ally as you avoid detection at all costs. The focus on stealth really helps the survival horror feel, the player character is never powerful and thus the threats are always real. There are secrets to be found around the areas you roam through, and well laid out stretches of town to work around. These secrets actually impact the game as it goes on, forming secondary objectives in later ‘stages.’ Routing is just as important as knowing what items to get and sneaking through areas. Trying to run and hide if you’re forced to fire a gun or make big noise is a great mechanic to keep the player on their toes. There’s also the interesting mechanic of ‘sightjacking,’ an ability which the characters you play as all possess. This further aids the routing and careful play, as the player can see through the eyes of nearby Shibito or human characters and work out just where may be safe.

There are 3 entries into this series as well; the original, Forbidden Siren 2, and Siren: Blood Curse for the PS3. All of the games nail that terrifying feeling of powerlessness and highlight the stealth aspects of the game. Though they all form a stellar story, they have a sharp learning curve and some areas can be incredibly difficult, making for multiple restarts. Still worth looking into the first game, or the more recent Blood Curse.

Clock Tower 3Clock Tower

On the topic of stealth, the Clock Tower series has a similar approach, going even further as the player character has no real way to fight against the powerful evils that torment her. Even from the first game on the SNES the series has had a tense atmosphere that keeps the player on their toes, and some fantastic art and environments. The SNES game was only officially released in Japan, but there are plenty of fan translations available and the game is definitely worth tracking down. The puzzles can be obtuse and tedious playing today, but the fantastic atmosphere and sound design solidifies the game as part of the roots of modern horror games.

The game, and series, pays homage to many different pieces of horror media. Hifumi Kono was a big fan of Dario Argento, and the first game has many shades of Phenomena (1985), down to Jennifer Simpson (the player character) sharing a strong resemblance and name with Jennifer Corvino from Phenomena. The game feels like an old horror movie, with deep occult elements, all taking place in and around the central location of an orphanage in the woods.

The series goes on to deviate from Jennifer’s story, centered around the core gameplay and atmosphere elements. Only the first sequel follows Jennifer again, a direct and immediate sequel with the return of Scissor Man. The naming conventions get a bit strange as the original game didn’t reach outside of Japan, so the second game (Clock Tower 2 in Japan) is known simply as Clock Tower in the West, and the third in the series (a spin-off in Japan known as Clock Tower: Ghost Head) was released as Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within in the West. Clock Tower 3 (in both regions) shifted more towards what the future held for the series, focusing still on the hiding and running aspects but having moments of strength for the player to fight back. This leads into…

Haunting GroundHaunting Ground

Seen as the spiritual successor to the series, similar in tone to Clock Tower 3 but going even further than the other games into creating a disturbing atmosphere. Fiona, the main character, finds herself waking up without clothes or belongings in a very strange place, inside a cage. And somehow her situation gets worse from here. Fiona is the target of a significant amount of sexual objectification and there are frequent voyeuristic presentations of scenes, whilst the game puts the player in her place and heightens the disturbing and terrifying atmosphere all around.

Haunting Ground (2005) also features a dog companion named Hewie (who you may remember as “that dog” from Resident Evil 4) who helps Fiona along her journey. The Fiona/Hewie dynamic is great, as they cling to each other in a desperate time and help each other out. Over time this only heightens the tense nature of the game as the player begins to worry about Hewie as well as their own character. Another mechanic of the game is ‘Panic Mode,’ in which the player can’t open the menu, Fiona runs on her own and stumbles in a panicked state, while visibility goes down, another aspect that makes every encounter more terrifying.

Character designs are on point, from Fiona and Hewie, to the hulking brute, Debilitas. Fiona’s sexuality, along with the mechanics of the game and her position of distress, allow the player to identify and connect with her struggle. Sexuality and subjectivity are used incredibly well to heighten tension and create the unsettling atmosphere the game has.

Clock Tower creator Hifumi Kono himself recently kickstarted and released a new spiritual successor to the series in NightCry. There were quite a few issues, with bugs and general problems present especially on release, and the graphics were designed for tablets so it didn’t impress as a PC game, however the core of tense gameplay and the feeling of a constant threat were still present.

IllbleedIllbleed

Illbleed is a Dreamcast survival horror game released back in 2001, with a unique take on survival horror combined with a distinct B-movie horror/comedy feel. The game works differently from most survival horrors, focusing on trap detection and an interesting mechanic around death. If a character dies through a level, they can be revived outside it and the level must be continued with another character. Each of the levels are prefaced by an amazing intro that paints the levels as individual stories or movies, with a distinct Twilight Zone feel to them.

There are four senses the game utilizes; sight, hearing, smell, and, strangely enough, a sort of sixth sense. These senses ping on a heart monitor style UI element when something scary or supernatural is going on near your character, and the objective is to avoid or disarm traps, as well as to keep your character calm. Everything is hyper stylized and looks great, from the menus to the map, and whilst the HUD takes up more screen real estate than necessary it doesn’t feel too imposing.

All of the little touches bring this game together beautifully, such as when your character dies, and it’s Game Over, the money you’ve won from the attractions is brought up in a cheque to be donated to a charity, and if you don’t manage to rescue Randy’s (one of main character Eriko’s friends) brain, you can still unlock the character, but as Brainless Randy, reflected in his zombie-like noises and lack of any ‘adrenaline’ used to find traps. Illbleed has surprises at every turn, and the mixture of unique game mechanics and perfectly stylized atmosphere make this one definitely worth coming back to.

ObscureObscure

Co-op is an extremely difficult thing to do effectively in horror because it always ends up with goofy consequences like players whacking each other or just jumping in place as all the tension dissipates. This sort of play is still present in Obscure, but fits in nicely with the teen horror setting and the often humorous dialogue. Released in 2004 in Europe, Obscure follows a group of teens battling against infected students, strange creatures, and other mutations. One of the most interesting elements of the Obscure series is the ability to continue past the deaths of several player characters.

There are a total of 6 characters you and either the computer or a co-op partner can control throughout the game, and each one of them can die and the game can still be completed. Whilst each character has skills and abilities, such as some being stronger and able to easily move heavy objects, the other characters are still able to overcome these tasks in some way, even if it takes a lot more time to do so. Of the 6 characters, only one is a guaranteed death, but the others can die through the course of the game as well. The gameplay is similar to other survival horror action games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, with puzzles to solve and enemies to kill. There’s also a basic crafting element, such as taping a flashlight to a gun.

A sequel, Obscure: The Aftermath, was released in 2007 and took place two years after the first game, this time in college rather than high school. Three characters from the first game are playable in the second, with a cast of new characters also available. The second improved on the mechanics of the first overall, feeling a lot better to play, but playing through the whole story is an enjoyable experience. The games are also now on Steam, which makes them a lot more accessible than other survival horror games of this era.

Rule of RoseRule of Rose

Creepy kids, creepy orphanage, creepy airship, all with a good dose of abuse raining down from all angles. Rule of Rose is a rather rare PS2 game published in 2006 that has shades of both Haunting Ground and Silent Hill. The player takes the role of Jennifer, a woman visiting her old orphanage home, and quickly comes across her dog pal for the rest of the game a la Haunting Ground. The dog, simply named Brown, helps Jennifer fight and find items, being especially useful to sniff out story critical items later on.

The combat of Rule of Rose is, unfortunately, necessary in some sections. Similar to Silent Hill the slightly awkward nature of combat combined with the rarity of decent weapons disincentivizes the player from engaging in many fights, which is a positive, and Jennifer seems incredibly bad at actually hitting things, which feels accurate, thus combining to make some fights feel rather tedious and difficult through mechanics. Where the game really shines is in the characters, the metaphor, the surreal nature of it all, and in the brilliant atmosphere. Jennifer is an adult, a big girl, and yet these children have a certain way of belittling her and bullying her that makes her feel powerless.

There’s a deep layer of abuse and cruelty in the game, drawing from old Grimm fairy tales and some visual design elements from Silent Hill. Psychological horror is the focus of Rule of Rose, as opposed to the action or even the puzzles, Jennifer is beaten and ridiculed as the player explores the dark nature that hides within the scorned children of the orphanage. The gameplay is painful at times, and combat is something you never look forward to, but it’s well worth suffering through to follow Jennifer through the incredibly dark story.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's RequiemEternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Ahh, the big ‘sanity system’ survival horror game, utilizing some great visual effects and terrifying screens (the demo end screen effect is one of the more cruel). There was also an unsuccessful Kickstarter project a few years back for a spiritual successor to the game followed by the plan to continue development despite that. The settings, characters, and language used all combine into an extremely satisfyingly made, HP Lovecraft-inspired universe.

The gameplay is similar to that good old Silent Hill/Resident Evil formula, with set camera angles and the same style of combat. On top of this however are those sanity effects, ranging from enemies taking no damage to the player character shrinking steadily over time until they’re tiny beneath the now massive Lovecraftian monsters, to the aforementioned demo end screen. Suddenly after entering a door the player could encounter a screen one would normally find at the end of a demo, terrifying players into thinking they didn’t buy a legit copy. These are all based on having a low sanity bar, one of the three ‘resource’ bars in the game, the others being health and magic.

Ranging from ancient Persia, to Cambodia, to France, to modern day Rhode Island of all places, the otherworldly horrors follow the player through the ages and across the seas as they explore the history of the Tome of Eternal Darkness. A particular highlight of the game is the great writing, inspired by Lovecraft himself and using perfect words for describing the unnatural monsters. From “effluvial grime”, to talk of rats eating eyes, to “pillars of flesh,” not to mention the gods themselves, such as Mantorok, being a giant mass of maws and eyes and flesh pinned to the floor beneath a Cambodian temple, wasting away in a dark cavern for hundreds of years, spending his time plotting and scheming and manipulating with complete disregard for human life in order to get a chance for revenge against the other gods. And that’s effectively your buddy, the game gets fairly hardcore.


Survival horror has been around for a lot of years, and there have been so many amazing games that have come out in the genre. Some with on-point humor, some with the most terrifying and visceral horrors ever imagined, but all of them focusing on creating the atmosphere that they want, and building their world around it. There are many more quality entries into the genre, but these are some of the gems that shine the brightest.

Shane Dover is a Melbourne, Australia based freelance writer contributing to Japanese punk news site Punx Save The Earth, punk publication Dying Scene, Diabolique Magazine and Goomba Stomp. Not just a fan of punk music, he's spent most of his life obsessed with the horror genre across all media, Japanese cinema, as well as pop culture in general. He plays music and writes fiction, check out his Twitter (https://twitter.com/Karzid) for updates on those projects. Follow him on Twitter, and check out his work every Wednesday on Dying Scene.

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  1. Steve

    May 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Excellent article. I’ve actually played every game on this list. I never finished parasite eve however.

    Rule of rose is one of the most deep and depressing games I’ve ever played. I’m still discovering new things about it from other people who’ve played it.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

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For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.


Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo

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The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Ramps Up Its Roster With The Kombat Pack

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Our favourite brutal and bloody fighting game series Mortal Kombat is back with a new announcement surrounding brand new characters that will be joining the fight in the latest instalment of the franchise, Mortal Kombat 11.

During Gamescom 2019, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios introduced the Kombat Pack via an official reveal trailer. The Kombat Pack will feature six new fighters who will be introduced to the game over the next six months. Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are the latest additions who have already been released but the trailer also shows off four new and exciting additions to the world of Mortal Kombat.

The first up will be the Terminator T-800 who will be released on October 8th 2019 to coincide with the October release of the next Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate.  The trailer shows that the character model features the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than just going for the Terminator style metallic endoskeleton. This is an interesting choice that leads to an incredibly impressive character model of Arnie. I’m really hoping that he will start to decay into his metal form as he is beaten down in the game but only time will tell.

The next release will be well known Mortal Kombat character Sindel, whose appearance fans have been waiting for after she was confirmed to be coming to the game in late May. Sindel will join the fight on November 26th, 2019.

The next character is another interesting one: DC comics top villain Joker. Joker is a pop culture icon who is no stranger to fighting games so his inclusion isn’t that much of a surprise. His physical appearance is somewhat unexpected however. He seems quite young and dashing, not what is typically expected when one thinks of the Joker. It is always fun to see unique interpretations of well known characters so hopefully the Joker will not disappoint when he becomes playable. This won’t be for a while though as he isn’t slated for release until January 28th, 2020.

The final character from the Kombat Pack will be Spawn from Todd McFarlane’s comic book of the same name. McFarlane already suggested that Spawn would be joining the game way back in December 2018 before Mortal Kombat 11 was even released, so this one isn’t much of surprise. The release date for Spawn is the furthest, coming to the game on March 17th,2020.

One fighter not mentioned is Ash from the Evil Dead, who has been being teased for sometime.His lack of inclusion here doesn’t rule him out of the game just yet. Here’s hoping that on top of the Kombat Pack, we will also get a few extra fighters here and there over the next few months.

The Kombat Pack will be $39.99 (those who purchased the premium edition of the game for $99.99 will have access to this content once it becomes available) to get all six fighters, one-week early access and various skins and gear sets. The DLC fighters as well as the skins and gear will all be available for anyone to purchase following the one –week period of early access.

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Limited Edition ‘Twin Peaks’ Box Set Includes a Whopping 21-Discs

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Next year marks 30 years since David Lynch and Mark Frost changed television forever with their groundbreaking series Twin Peaks and to celebrate they are releasing a new, exhaustive box set which collects all of the pieces of Lynch’s quintessential mystery thriller and packs it into a whopping 21 disks.

The set, available only on Blu-ray, includes all three television seasons and the prequel movie Fire Walk With Me, as well as the film’s deleted scenes (The Missing Pieces). It also includes new interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, unedited versions of several musical performances, and so much more!

If that’s not enough, there will also be a special 4K UHD disc included in the set, containing a new ultra-high def transfer overseen by David Lynch of both the American and international versions of the 1990 Twin Peaks pilot, as well as “Part 8” of A Limited Event Series, titled “Gotta Light?” The set will also include all existing special features from the previous releases of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series.

If you’re not salivating yet, it should also be mentioned that Lynch has confirmed the addition of 20 hours of additional features for die-hard Lynch fans to delve into.

From Z to A Twin Peaks Box Set

Last but not least, the collection comes in a beautiful box which the official press release says, once opened, a depiction of the infamous Red Room is revealed with its brown and crème chevron floor and brilliant red curtains. Sitting in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Fans who can’t afford the set will be able to purchase a more standard collection on Blu-ray and DVD, titled Twin Peaks: The Television Collection which will be released on October 15.

The From Z to A set costs $139.99 and is available for pre-order here. The Blu-ray TV collection costs $91.01, and the DVD TV collection costs $50.99.

While your waiting for your set to arrive, be sure to check out our insanely popular Twin Peaks podcast, The Lodgers, hosted by Simon Howell and Kate Rennebohm.

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‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Trailer Reveals New Monsters and More!

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I’m guessing we are not alone in choosing Monster Hunter World as one of the best games of 2018. In our review, Matthew Ponthier wrote, “Monster Hunter World is a hallmark entry into the storied franchise and is a title that will light a fire in the belly of any triumphant Hunter”.

And so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise either that we are hotly anticipating Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the massive expansion to Capcom’s best-selling game to date. The latest trailer revealed this week during Gamescom 2019 gives a glimpse of returning and new monsters, including a closer look at Velkhana, the mysterious Elder Dragon that’s new to the series. Additionally, new options will be available to help players progress through the main World game and further encourage existing players to aid other hunters in the community.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Iceborne will include a multitude of new monsters and subspecies for hunters to challenge, and now, two more have been confirmed to join the upcoming massive expansion’s lineup. The brute wyvern Brachydios is a returning fan-favorite known for its explosive slime attacks, while Namielle, a mysterious all-new Elder Dragon, unleashes powerful water-based attacks. More details about the new flagship monster Velkhana have also emerged. This Elder Dragon’s icy breath can cause frozen pillars to form on the battlefield, which hunters can use to create exciting opportunities for new hunting strategies.

 A free Guardian Armor set will be provided to all hunters, both World and Iceborne, as part of an upcoming title update on September 4 in time for the launch of the expansion. This upgradable armor set offers increased defense and skills that help hunters survive in the New World. The buffed armor can be equipped from the beginning of the World game, and is especially geared towards newer hunters to help them progress through the main story.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Last but not least, there will be another gameplay feature new to the series that focuses on Low Rank and High Rank player assistance by creating a further incentive for the community to help fellow hunters. Helpful players will get rewarded with exclusive in-game Pendants and Trophies for assisting other hunters in ranks below their own.

The upcoming Iceborne expansion will be coming to the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, globally on September 6th, 2019, with a PC release to follow in January 2020.

Watch the trailer below.

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