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Monster Hunter World's Witcher collaboration event now has a start date

As do its first birthday celebrations.

Capcom has delved deep into its number bag, tossing out release dates for a selection of upcoming Monster Hunter World events, including its Witcher crossover collaboration, and its Appreciation Fest first birthday celebrations.

Monster Hunter World's Witcher collaboration, which was announced at the tail-end of last year, will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in a free update on Friday, February 8th. Capcom says the crossover will be making it way to PC "at a later date".

The Witcher event will (unsurprisingly) feature Geralt of Rivia in some capacity, with the character's English voice actor, Doug Cockle, already confirmed to be recording new lines for the occasion. Capcom also previously revealed that it would feature "brand new quests with a unique flavour, blending the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World's game systems to present a whole new gameplay experience to fans of both series."

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Elsewhere, Capcom has confirmed that its first birthday celebrations, which take the form of the special Appreciation Fest, will run from Saturday, January 26th until Friday, February 22nd. The good news for PC players is that this event will unfold simultaneously across all platforms.

Monster Hunter World's Appreciation Fest will deck out the Gathering Hub in special birthday bunting and reintroduce "almost all" previously released event quests, alongside two new quests. In the latter case, players can tackle a 9-star Great Jagras (apparently the game's most hunted monster) from January 26th until February 7th; a 9-star Lavasioth (the least hunted monster, presumably) will be available from February 8th to February 21st.

The celebratory festival also sees the arrival of a new Appreciation Platter at the canteen, as well as new backgrounds, titles, and poses for your Guild Card. Additionally, there's a Sparkling Party costume for your Poogie and a limited-time Friendly Felyne costume for the Handler - plus you can expect special daily login bonuses and limited bounties too.

There's plenty more Monster Hunter World to look forward to in 2019, of course. This autumn, the game receives its first major expansion in the form of the frosty-themed Iceborne.

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