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Iceborne Cutscenes: What to expect

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has been stated by the development team to have roughly the same number of cutscenes as the base game did. But how many cutscenes is that? How many times will you be forced to watch something until your friends get to come along and help you whack a big monster in the noggin?

Turns out; More than a few times! And perhaps this will help give an idea of how many new Monsters we will get to turn into fancy hats. Before we begin, I just want to point out a few caveats: I'm not counting the cutscenes that were added as part of post launch updates, just the ones World had at launch.

At launch, World had:

  • 48 cutscenes
  • 23 of these included Monster Intros
    • If you include the Xeno'jiiva and Zorah Magdaros rematch cutscenes (Where Xeno is already free of the cocoon), that number comes to 25, though they were introduced in earlier cutscenes as well.
  • Some monsters: Azure Rathalos, Bazelgeuse, Kirin, and Black Diablos, did not have cutscene intros.

So, knowing that, it's likely that Iceborne will have somewhere around 40 to 45 cutscenes in total once it launches. How many of these will be Monster Intros as well? Probably around 20 of them, with a few monsters again not receiving an intro cutscene. Fortunately, we know of the following monster introduction cutscenes:

  • Nargacuga intro in the Ancient Forest (Gameplay reveal trailer)
  • Tigrex intro in the Vale (Story Trailer)
  • Glavenus intro in the Wildspire Waste (Glavenus Trailer/Story Trailer)
  • Acidic Glavenus intro in the Vale (San Diego Comic Con)
  • Brachydios intro in the Recess (Glavenus Trailer)
  • Ebony Odogaron intro in the Highlands (Glavenus Trailer)
  • Fulgur Anjanath intro in the Reach (Glavenus Trailer)
  • Banbaro intro in the Reach (Gameplay Trailer)
  • Beotodus intro in the Reach (Gameplay Trailer)
  • Shrieking Legiana in the Reach (Story Trailer)
  • Final Boss Cutscene (Not revealed, but very likely)
  • Velkhana's actual fight introduction (Not revealed, but appears to be following Nergigante's pattern, see below.)
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In addition, we've seen several other snippets of story cutscenes, including but not limited to:

  • Velkhana encounter in the Recess*
  • Velkhana encounter in the Reach (Might be fight intro)
  • Legiana Migrating
  • Frozen Anjanath in Astera
  • Hunter & Handler in the Recess with Velkhana scale
  • Hunter, Handler & Tracker at the lost First Fleet ship ('Found You'/Handler with the Sapphire Star notes)
  • Setting up Seliana with the Commander/Third Fleet Master
  • Flying in the airship to the Reach

Along with a couple few frame shots of the characters looking serious/surprised. The * Velkhana encounter in the recess cutscene we've seen snippets of is the most intriguing to me; either we've seen different parts of the same cutscene but with the Hunter wearing different armor in each trailer, or they're completely different. The first has the Hunter in Direwolf Armor grabbing the Handler and rolling out of the way of Velkhana's ice attack. The second, from the Glavenus Trailer, shows the Hunter in different armor lying on the ground as the Handler kneels above them, with Handler and your Palico looking up at something. This may be Velkhana, as there's some ice/snow falling and it immediately cuts to Velkhana flying away. Velkhana also seems to be following Nergigante's pattern, where it appears in a story cutscene or two, like Nergi did on Zorah's back, before it gets it's actual fight intro.

So, what do you think? With ten confirmed Monster Intros and two hypothesized, how many more do you think we'll get, versus Monsters that won't have an intro cutscene, like new Subspecies?

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