Omega Force’s new game Wild Hearts is to be released in February 2023.
Wild Hearts is an action-oriented hunting game set in feudal Japan, where players will battle giant “nature-infused beasts” called Kemono. Publisher Electronic Arts and Koei Tecmo, along with Dynasty Warriors series developer Omega Force, unveiled the new salvation of the monster-hunting genre on Wednesday.
Wild Hearts is distinguished from Capcom’s Monster Hunter series by a mechanic called Karakuri, which is described as a “sophisticated mechanism created from a lost ancient technology”.
As seen in the Wild Hearts debut trailer, this Karakuri includes fantastic giant hammers, ballistas and bombs that can be used to cripple, stun and slay giant creatures. Of course, players will also have access to a range of hand weapons, including transforming swords, bows and arrows, muskets and wagasas (Japanese umbrellas) to defeat giant boars, monkeys, squirrels (!) and other mutant monsters.
Yosuke Hayashi, executive vice president of Koei Tecmo, noted that item and weapon crafting is “at the heart of the experience” in the game, “redefining what’s possible in a hunting game”.
Players will be able to play Wild Hearts alone or with others – up to three players at a time – and cross-play will be supported across all platforms.
The game will be released on 17 February 2023 for PlayStation 5, Windows PC and Xbox Series X.
Wild Hearts is not Omega Force and Koei Tecmo’s first foray into the Monster Hunter-like genre, with the companies releasing two Toukiden games (Toukiden: Age of Demons and Toukiden 2) for PC and PlayStation platforms in 2013 and 2017, respectively. In these fantasy games, also set in feudal Japan, players battled oni, giant demons containing the souls of ancient warriors.