Hunting action game WILD HEARTS will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin on February 17, 2023 for $69.99, publisher Electronic Arts and Koei Tecmo studio Omega Force announced.
Get the first details below.
WILD HEARTS takes place in Azuma, a fantasy landscape inspired by feudal Japan, that is now rampaged by the once peaceful Kemono—altering their environment at the cost of citizens’ lives. The Kemono range from plant-infused squirrels to the massive Kingtusk wild boar. After a dreadful fight with the winter wolf Deathstalker, players become bearers of a life-sustaining technology and are compelled to restore balance across the region.
In WILD HEARTS, players journey through Azuma as a lone wolf or pack-hunt with up to two friends thanks to the game’s co-op and cross-play features across all platforms. Players can expand their battle plans and go on special missions while pack hunting, join other hunters in the world or take on Kemono on their own. The game will feature voice overs in English, Japanese, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
“WILD HEARTS opens up a vibrant fantasy world to players that’s as untamed as it is beautiful,” said Koei Tecmo Games executive vice president Yosuke Hayashi in a press release. “With WILD HEARTS, not only did we want to showcase the evolution, infusion and real threat caused by Kemono, but we also wanted to create a game where crafting was at the core of the experience, redefining what can be possible in a beast hunting game. We have placed great care in designing our Karakuri to fit within the combat, and we’re excited for players to use these powerful mechanisms to fight giant beasts and traverse the world.”
Electronic Arts global brand vice president Stuart Lang added, “EA Originals is a label for those who dare to explore. It’s a home for studio partners—like Omega Force—forging new ways to play from bold creative visions, and for players who love to discover untold stories and unseen worlds. We are excited to follow the wonderful and critically acclaimed It Takes Two, from Hazelight Studios, with the ingenious mechanics, giant nature-infused beasts and epic battles of WILD HEARTS, the first AAA hunting experience for a new generation.”
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.