Just an idea based on the prospect of an ice map in MH:W implied by the absence of the predistined Oroshi Kirin and also the suddenly emerging memory of seeing the MHFU Snowy Peaks cutscene for the first time, which still gave me chills despite its low-polyness, and imagining that being re-made in HD, and in live action.
The map would be partitioned into roughly three vertical layers just like most MHW maps: the uppermost layer are rocky, snow-covered mountain grounds with glaciers and glacial caves as the "underground section". The middle layer would be a coniferous forest with huge spruce-like trees surrounding hunting areas and one of the areas possibly be set on a river rapid flowing out from the glacier. The lower layer is the sea-bordering one, with sea cliffs and possibly arches (I would not see them miss such an opportunity if they really make this map), sea caves that you can swing around in, and cold beaches on which you fight partly aquatic monsters.
My rationale is that even counting in MHF and MHO, there was not really maps that make use of fjordic coasts or even "temperate" nordic landscape. Most of the ice maps we have seen before seems to be set deep into the frigid zone with almost nothing but snow and ice. The only exceptions are Snowy Peaks (renamed the Arctic Ridge in Gen) and the Tundra of 3U, which is among the handful of maps that did not make its return in Gen/U.
Plus, in MHW we have two reasonably realistic maps (Ancient Forest, Wildspire Wastes) but three over-the-top maps — this ratio is really something that was not seen before. I would think that a new map would likely be a more realistic one. Again, most ice maps in the past MH series are quite exaggerated and I would think it will be a nice change for them to make a more reasonable one.
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