Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The Board Game smashes Kickstarter goal

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The new Monster Hunter board game from Steamforged has raised more than £680,000 within 24 hours.


Steamforged Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The Board Game on 18 May, and soon smashed its goal of £150,000. Currently, at less than 24 hours since launch, the Kickstarter has raised over £680,000, with another 13 days to go.

Steamforged Games is based in Manchester in the UK, and has been behind a number of video game to board game transitions, including titles based on Dark Souls, Resident Evil and Horizon: Zero Dawn. It was also behind Monster Hunter World: The Board Game, which raised more than £3.4 million in funding from a Kickstarter campaign back in April 2021. The game was finally shipped to Kickstarter backers earlier this year, and now the sequel promises to add monsters from the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World.

New monsters include Banbaro, Beotodus, Barioth, Rajang and Shrieking Legiana, and more additions are scheduled to be unlocked as part of the Kickstarter campaign. The Core Box will set you back £65 plus shipping, but there’s also the Hunter’s Pledge, which includes some hefty expansions with more monsters and cards, and comes in at £128 plus shipping. The new came will also add mechanics based around the Clutch Claw, which was introduced in Iceborne and enables Hunters to grapple onto monsters.

However, as reported by Dicebreaker, nearly 20 employees at Steamforged – around a third of the workforce – were made redundant earlier this year. The firm said the job losses were part of restructuring, saying in a statement that the “core of Steamforged remains unchanged,” and that “Our mission has always been to create games for gamers and provide people with exceptional experiences. The changes made within the company allow us to further deliver on this mission.”

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