Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne boosts PC population significantly, introduces save bug

    
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We’re kind of used to reporting on Monster Hunter World doing big numbers — that was practically the game’s news cycle for several months when it made its debut — so the fact that the Iceborne expansion’s PC release has been raking in lots of players is perhaps not too surprising. That said, it’s still an impressive number: concurrency counts have steadily climbed since this past Thursday to a peak of 284,524 late this past Sunday, which is very near the game’s all-time concurrency record of 334,684.

It hasn’t been all sunshine and happy Rathians, though. A number of players have reported that their old save file data failed to load upon initial startup, and when prompted to create a new save file, the old data gets overwritten, meaning players have to start from ground zero. For a Monster Hunter fan, that’s effectively a kiss of death. Luckily, there appears to be a workaround: simply quit the game and say “Yes” when prompted to close without saving. There are also some helpful threads on Reddit and Steam to help players out.

There have also been some reported performance problems since the new update, which the team appears to be aware of. Players are asked to contact support with their PC specs to help pin down the problem.

sources: VG247, Kotaku, Twitter

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ForsetiGod

I thought I was going to skip this ex pac since I thought all my hype was killed by the wait, but then I reinstalled and remembered how much I missed my palico and long story short I’m $50 down now. 😂

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ihatevnecks

That’s how I was. I basically didn’t touch the game through the end of 2018 and most of last year, except to briefly run the Witcher quest (which I didn’t even finish). I thought the PS4 IB announcement was cool but didn’t feel any hype for it.. and then I picked it up when it released and I’ve put in another 300 or so hours since then.

At this point I’m more excited for the inevitable next Monster Hunter game than I am for anything coming out this year even.

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Sorenthaz

Unfortunately that save bug has been around longer than Iceborne. My friend that I’d play with regularly ended up losing her save file after some time away from the game. Other than that though I’m liking the changes they’ve made. Hopefully will be able to get into the Iceborne content soon once said friend finishes up the final bits for pre-Iceborne.

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losludvig

The game has steam cloud saves, but instead of trying to grab those to fix any issues, the game happily overwrites those too.
I was browsing through global steam achievements for MHW and was surprised to learn that 45.7% of owners have completed the story considering that the story is 50h+.
I’m 30 hours into the expansion and it’s pretty fun.

Ernost
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Ernost

I wouldn’t put to much stock in what Steam achievements say. There are certain programs that will give you all achievements, of any game, should you choose to use them.

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losludvig

that’s true, but not that many people know about/use those. Especially considering the install base of MHW on pc is very big. something like 4.5mil copies sold in the first 6 months, so it’s probably not far off. (In comparison 1.4% of users have rank 29/30 achievements in warframe which is unattainable)