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We’ve heard many reports of Halo support developer Certain Affinity developing an Xbox game similar to Monster Hunter, but EA is stepping into the same realm with Wild Hearts. It is a co-production with Koei Tecmo, the publisher behind Dynasty Warriors. Yes, that means the game looks a lot like Monster Hunter with the help of Dynasty Warriors, and there’s a touch of steampunk construction in there as well.
That reveal trailer gives us a glimpse of what to expect from Wild Hearts. The game takes place in a picturesque, mythical land “inspired by feudal Japan” – a land also dominated by giant monsters. The trailer is full of these beasts. We can see a fiery rock giant, a boar that summons vines from the ground, an icy dire wolf and much more. Needless to say, they look very large and very dangerous.
Players will hunt these monsters with combat similar to Dynasty Warriors. There are flashy blades, empowered attacks and acrobatic moves that you’d expect from Omega Force, the Koei Tecmo team behind the Warriors series. There’s an extra hook here, though: “technology gives you a chance to fight” these beasts, according to the trailer description. There’s a steampunk edge to this tree-focused tech, as we see hunters deploy giant explosive devices, grab their targets with massive siege ropes, and even glide across the battlefield with a helicopter blade-like device.
Wild Hearts already looks exciting and we won’t have to wait very long to see more. This was simply the reveal trailer; an extended look at the gameplay will be shown on October 5th. As for the final release date, Wild Hearts launches on February 17, 2023. It’s coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. Wild Hearts allows you to hunt solo or with two friends in co-op, but perhaps more importantly, crossplay will be supported across all of these platforms.