EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT EA’S NEW MONSTER-HUNTING GAME WILD HEARTS

EA isn’t exactly the title you think of when you think of games that are set on the feudal era of Japan however, the new partnership between the publisher and Koei Tecmo is exploring new frontiers. Wild Hearts is a brand-new „hunting“ game published by EA and created through Omega Force, the studio behind the long-running Dynasty Warriors series. The genre of hunting has been extremely popular in recent times thanks to the huge popularity in the game Monster Hunter. Even though you could consider it an „hunting“ game, it’s more of an adventure-based game, and doesn’t have the same resemblance to Big Buck Hunter. While it’s a game with an EA Originals moniker, Wild Hearts is incredibly ambitious looking which is why we’ve compiled the entire information we have.

WHEN IS THE WILD HEARTS RELEASE DATE?

Unexpectedly, Wild Hearts‘ first announcement contained an announcement date and one unexpectedly fast since the game will launch on February 17th 2023. This means that there’s approximately five months between announcement until the game’s release date, but as per the interview conducted by the website IGN, Wild Hearts is developing for the past about four years.

WHAT ARE THE WILD HEARTS PLATFORMS?

Wild Hearts will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC through Origin, Steam, and Epic Game Store. It appears that the game is designed specifically as an next-gen game, which means it’s highly unlikely Wild Hearts will ever release on PS4 as well as Xbox One. Due to this, Wild Hearts is expected to be released at the normal price for PS5 as well as Series X games and will cost $69.99.

IS THERE A WILD HEARTS TRAILER?

It’s true, Wild Heartswas released along with a trailer which mostly showcases the game’s setting as well as massive creatures and distinct gameplay mechanics. There’s only one traileravailable, EA has announced that it will release with a longer gameplay trailer the 5th of October.

WHAT IS THE WILD HEARTS STORY?

Wild Hearts is set in a world of fantasy known as Azuma that heavily influenced by the feudal era of Japan and is home to gigantic creatures known as Kemono. Here’s the official description through an announcement from EA.

“ Wild Heartstakes take place in Azuma the fantasy landscape influenced by feudal Japan and is now devastated by the once tranquil Kemono and altering their habitat at the expense of people’s lives. The Kemono include everything from the plant-infused squirrels to the huge Kingtusk Wild Boar. After a bloody battle with the winter Wolf Deathstalker the players are now the bearers of life-sustaining technology , and are forced to restore equilibrium across the region.“

Beyond the first announcement, we do not have any information regarding Wild Hearts‘ storyline, but it’s reasonable to assume that the game will not be narrative-driven. Wild Hearts is an action game that’s based on the likes of Monster Hunter, and the genre generally is a game that puts the gameplay first.

IS WILD HEARTS GAMEPLAY LIKE MONSTER HUNTER?

Wild Hearts’ most unique feature is the crafting system that uses a piece of technology called the Karakuri to build traps and equipment during battle. EA

The main gameplay that is the heart of Wild Hearts will focus on hunting the deadly Kemono in addition to upgrading your gear to face ever more formidable opponents. Wild Hearts is described as an „twist on the hunting genre where ancient tech gives you a fighting chance against giant beasts.“

The ancient technology is also known as the Karakuri and the unveil trailer provides an idea of how it are going to work. In the trailer, we can observe that the Karakuri is being utilized in order to create various traps and pieces of equipment, such as propellers that could be used to jump or glide over beasts. The trailer also shows other examples that include a huge hammer an explosive as well as rope casters to secure opponents. Beyond that the players are able to pick among a variety of weapons. as of now, we’ve seen bow, katana, sword-whip hybrid, as well as a sort an umbrella gun.

If you want to enjoy Wild Hearts solo however, it’ll also be able to support up to three players co-op and complete crossplay options across all platforms. What we don’t yet know is the way Wild Hearts‘ hub area will function but Omega Force has confirmed the game has a zone-based structure for its world, similar to Monster Hunter.