- The new Monster Hunter rival by Electronic Arts, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force.
Developed by Japanese studio Omega Force, Wild Hearts is distinguished from Capcom’s Monster Hunter license by a mechanic called Karakuri, described as sophisticated mechanisms designed from ancient and forgotten technologies. These include things like giant fantasy mallets, ballistae, and bombs that can cripple, stun, or damage Kemonos—giant beasts that have fused with their surroundings. Players will also have a variety of handguns at their disposal, including transforming swords, bows and arrows, muskets and wagasas (Japanese umbrellas) to help them take down giant boars, monkeys, squirrels and other mutant monsters living in Azuma, an imaginary land inspired by feudal Japan.
— WILD HEARTS (@playWildHearts) September 29, 2022
Yosuke Hayashi, Executive Vice President of Cow Tecmo said :
Wild Hearts opens the doors to a fantastic world as wild as it is stunningly beautiful. In Wild Hearts, we aimed to represent evolution, hybridization and transcribe the threat posed by kemonos, but also to create a game where crafting would be at the heart of the experience. Basically, we sought to redefine the codes of the monster hunting game. We’ve taken tremendous care in designing our karakuris to seamlessly integrate them into combat, and we can’t wait for players to experience how these powerful mechanics will be used to defeat these giant beasts and progress through this universe.
Released under the American publisher’s EA Originals label Electronic Arts, Wild Hearts will be released on February 17, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC (Origin/Steam/Epic Game Store). The monster hunting game will be dubbed in English, Japanese, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
Note that Wild Hearts can be played solo or with others – up to three players at the same time – and will support cross-play on all platforms.