Following its official reveal last week, seven minutes of new gameplay footage from developer Omega Forces upcoming monster hunting adventure Wild Hearts has been shared online.
Wild Hearts, a collaboration between EA Originals and Koei Tecmos Omega Force (the studio behind the long-running Warriors series), transplants the creature battling formula most closely associated with Capcoms Monster Hunter games to a fantastical feudal Japan where up to three players can battle mysterious beasts known as Kemono.
Omega Force – which has previous experience in the monster hunting genre, courtesy of its two Toukiden games – has now expanded on Wild Hearts initial reveal with seven minutes of new, largely uninterrupted gameplay footage.
The sequence begins with a solo player exploring the land of Azumas picturesque coastlines in search of a mighty boar-like creature known as Kingtusk, using a portable zipline to traverse the rocky terrain before launching into battle against their enormous foe. Upon their defeat, the mission begins again with a friend in tow, this time offering a much better look at the diversity of Wild Hearts beautiful world.
As the battle continues, we get a glimpse at some of Wild Hearts wonderful Karakuri – magical gadgets used in combat, each unfurling delightfully from self-assembling panels of wood – including a propellor used to glide through the air, a wall-like blockade, and a large bomb that detonates when struck.
Its already looking promising, but expect plenty more from Wild Hearts ahead of its 17th February release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC next year.