Wild Hearts – The Gamerz Den

Wild Hearts – The Gamerz Den

WILD HEARTS whisks players away on an epic adventure set in fantasy feudal Japan. There, they’ll battle against giant nature-infused beasts called Kemono with the help of Karakuri, sophisticated mechanisms crafted from a lost, ancient technology.

  • Release Date: February 17, 2023
  • Developer: Omega Force
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: Playstation 5, Xbox Series, PC


Wild Hearts is set in a fantasy world named Azuma, which is heavily inspired by feudal Japan, and inhabited by massive creatures called Kemono. Here’s the official description via a press release from EA.

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.”

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Past the initial introduction, we don’t currently know a lot about Wild Hearts’ story, however, it’s not unreasonable to expect that the game won’t be narrative-focused. Wild Hearts is a hunting game along the lines of Monster Hunter, and the genre typically puts gameplay first and foremost.


The core gameplay loop of Wild Hearts will revolve around hunting the dangerous Kemono and upgrading your equipment to take on ever tougher enemies. Wild Hearts is described as a “twist on the hunting genre where ancient tech gives you a fighting chance against giant beasts.”

While you can play Wild Hearts solo, it’ll also support up to three-player co-op with full crossplay features on all platforms. The thing we don’t know right now is how Wild Hearts’ hub area will work, although Omega Force has confirmed the game uses a zone-based system for its world, like Monster Hunter.

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This ancient tech is known as the Karakuri, and the reveal trailer gives us a glimpse of how things will work. In the trailer we see the Karakuri being used to construct various traps or pieces of equipment, like a propeller that can be used to jump and glide over a beast. Other examples in the trailer include a giant hammer, some kind of bomb, and a rope caster to tie down enemies. Past that, players will be able to choose from different weapons, and so far we’ve seen a katana, bow, a sword-whip hybrid, and some kind of umbrella weapon.


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