The fourth free title update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, known formerly as Alatreon, has been delayed with no new launch date set at this time. Word comes directly from Capcom via a post on the company blog:
“Unfortunately, coronavirus (COVID-19) related impacts on production have made it necessary to postpone the release of the fourth free title update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne,” says community manager Yuri Araujuo. “Voice over production for the Italian, Spanish and French language versions have also been affected, and will be replaced with simplified recordings.”
As of now, Capcom hasn’t announced a new release date, but with the delay being related to COVID-19, there’s no way to know for sure how things are going to unfold over the next few months. The Alatreon update was originally scheduled to arrive in the middle of the year, presumably June, so hopefully the delay won’t be long, and we’ll see it come July or August at the latest.
For now, Capcom has come up with a way to temporarily compensate us for the delay. Most of Iceborne’s current event quests have been extended, several of which include the recently released quest that reward high-tier decorations and armor spheres to help us prepare for fighting Alatreon. At least now, we’ll have plenty of prep time. Looking forward, the official road map tells us that there are more monsters and more content coming in the future, so we could see another title update coming shortly after the now-delayed Alatreon update is released.