In September, EA announced a partnership with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force to produce a new Monster Hunting game to rival Capcom’s Monster Hunter series. That game was later revealed to be “Wild Hearts,” which is now launching in 2023. EA doesn’t usually release many Japanese games, but the company is looking forward to this one.
We’ve already seen a gameplay trailer and an additional gameplay preview video showcasing the game in action. Wild Hearts appears to be exactly as EA previously described it – a new monster hunting game focusing on cooperative gameplay to take down massive beasts. From what we’ve seen so far, the inspiration for Monter Hunter is clear, but the development team is opting for a faster combat system.
This week, EA held its quarterly earnings call and, of course, the topic of Wild Hearts came up. Speaking about the expectations for the game, EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained (via VGC) that although it started out as “a pretty small idea” internally, EA was “impressed and mesmerized” by what Koei Tecmo and Omega Force were creating.
From EA’s perspective, the “monster hunt” genre is still new enough that there’s plenty of room for innovation. According to Wilson, the folks at Omega Force offer “everything the community asks for in this genre.”
Wild Hearts is set to debut on February 17, 2023 on PC, as well as Xbox Series X/S and PS5 consoles.
KitGuru says: Wild Hearts is quickly shaping up to be a very interesting title. I love the feudal take on fantasy landscape inspired by Japan. Hopefully, the final game will play well on PC and consoles with crossover multiplayer.
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