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Monster Hunter: World beta starts in December — and PS4 players get special surprise

Aloy’s a perfect for the game

Monster Hunter: World’s first beta kicks off on Dec. 9, Sony revealed during its Paris Games Week showcase event. And when the new console entry in the Monster Hunter series arrives early next year, it will have a unique feature for PlayStation 4 owners: the opportunity to play as Aloy, the kickass star of Horizon Zero Dawn.

At the tail-end of a trailer that Sony premiered during the media presser, we got our first quick tease at Aloy’s appearance in the Monster Hunter: World world. As a pro dinosaur hunter, she’s a great fit for a crossover with Capcom’s fan-favorite questing-and-hunting franchise.

Aloy will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game, but the beta will be accessible to players across platforms. Monster Hunter: World launches on Jan. 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Update: Monster Hunter: World remains undated for PC; it should launch sometime later next year.