In an interview with Game Informer, Monster Hunter World producer Ryozo Tsujimoto explained that half of the Iceborne story missions will take place in the base game areas.
To want to pay attention to the Capcom executive, in fact, about 50% of the activities that we will have to complete in the main adventure of the next MHW expansion will be set in the regions of the New World already explored in the original game.
As noted by Tsujimoto, this choice was dictated by the need to expand the entire offer’s title without limiting the Iceborne novelties to the monsters of the new area of the Shore Tracks. More than an attempt to “recycle the assets” already used in the basic game, therefore, the presence of so many missions to perform outside the new region of Iceborne should be considered as a direct and tangible manifestation of the efforts made by Capcom to enrich the MHW’s entire game world based on the gameplay and content novelties conveyed by this expansion.
The main story of Iceborne will, therefore, continue to be narrated in a linear fashion, but with the possibility, for Hunters and Slayers from all over the world, to participate in many new activities both inside and outside the area of the Shore Tracks and the new Seliana Hub. To understand how far Japanese authors have gone to satisfy our hunger for novelty, we just have to wait until September 6th to immerse ourselves in the icy atmosphere of Monster Hunter World Iceborne on PS4 and Xbox One. Hunters on PC, on the other hand, will have to wait for winter to arrive.