Capcom just opened up the last open beta phase on PS4 of its upcoming mainline Monster Hunter game Monster Hunter World.
The beta will stay open until January 21st at 6:00 Pacific Time, 9:00 PM Eastern Time, 3:00 AM (on the 22nd) Central European Time, and 2:00 AM in the U.K.
The only major update since the previous beta phases is the addition of a fourth challenging quest to hunt the new elder dragon Nergigante, with a shortened time limit of fifteen minutes. I just tried it and I doubt I made a dent on the big dude by myself. It’ll probably require a well-coordinated team to bring it down. Luckily, we already know that the final game will have a more humane timer.
For those who have not played the previous beta phases, you can still try to kill Great Jagras, Barroth, and Anjanath, and those are definitely more approachable. Anyone who beats any of them will receive a face paint to be used on the final game.
Incidentally, PlayStation Plus is not required to play the beta, but an online connection is mandatory.
If you want to see more about the game, you can also watch a funny commercial by Sony starring Densha Otoko star Takayuki Yamada, more recent gameplay from a few days ago, and more from Capcom TV, alongside info about the day one update. We also recently learned that the Rathalos Edition PS4 Pro will launch both in North America and Europe.
Monster Hunter World will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC on January 26th and for PC this fall.