The formidable Kemono, the animals found in Koei Tecmo and EA's new monster-hunting game Wild Hearts, are difficult to defeat. They are so challenging that even one of the game's directors struggles to overcome his own inventions.
Takuto Edagawa, co-director of Wild Hearts, lightheartedly said, "I have quite a lot of difficulties... When we look at [the toughest Kemono in the game], those ones I die [against]. If I'm not properly prepared, I'll go in and I'll be killed."
However, the other co-director of Wild Hearts, Kotaro Hirata, countered with, "I'm totally awesome at [Wild Hearts], actually."
The Dynasty Warriors video game series, a crazy power fantasy where players can easily dispatch hundreds of enemies at once, is the most well-known product of Koei Tecmo's Omega Force subsidiary. Koei Tecmo is aware that creating Wild Hearts, which aims to emulate the attraction of Capcom's well-liked Monster Hunter series, will be an extremely challenging task. The Kemono, the animals linked with nature that live in the realm of Wild Hearts, is what Edagawa and Hirata want you to fear.
But the game's creators have also taken care to include a number of aspects that will entice gamers who are unfamiliar with the monster-hunting subgenre to give Wild Hearts a shot.
Monster Hunter Series Explained
Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise are two games in the Monster Hunter series developed and published by Capcom.
Monster Hunter World is an action role-playing game released in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game takes place in a world filled with dangerous monsters that the player, a hunter, must track down and defeat. The game features a variety of weapons and armor to choose from, each with unique strengths and weaknesses, and players can team up with other hunters to take down the most fearsome creatures. The game also features a storyline that takes the player through the different regions of the game world, each with their own unique ecosystems and monsters.
Monster Hunter Rise, released in 2021 for the Nintendo Switch. The game has a similar premise to Monster Hunter World, but with some significant changes. The game takes place in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, where players take on the role of a hunter tasked with defending the village from a variety of monsters. The game introduces new gameplay mechanics, such as the ability to ride and control a new companion called a Palamute, as well as a new feature called the Wirebug, which allows players to traverse the environment in new and unique ways. The game also features a new multiplayer mode called Rampage, in which players must defend the village against waves of monsters.
Both Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise are known for their challenging gameplay, in which players must learn the strengths and weaknesses of different monsters in order to take them down. The games are also known for their emphasis on multiplayer gameplay, allowing players to team up with friends to take on the toughest challenges. Additionally, both games have a strong focus on crafting, as players must gather materials from defeated monsters in order to create new weapons and armor to take on even stronger foes.
What To Be Excited For In Wild Hearts
Crafting is what really makes Wild Hearts unique. The new Karakuri crafting system, which offers players the ability to immediately manufacture objects during the midst of battle, will be available to gamers. The Karakuri are intended to provide players an advantage, whether it is a box to climb on to get closer to the powerful Kemono or a spring to let you rapidly avoid severe incoming assaults.
When Edagawa and Hirata concluded the animals were too challenging for players to defeat, they created the Karakuri crafting system. The two agreed to give the player the power of the Karakuri to even the score rather than diminish the Kemono's powers.
Hirata had to say, "Before [the Karakuri system] came along, the Kemono were way too strong for the players... They were just massive creatures with too much power. But then the Karakuri idea came in, and then we realized, 'the Karakuri system might be too strong now!'... We wanted to make sure the Kemono were really strong and really difficult to beat, because we wanted the players to feel the sense that it was a challenging endeavor. But trying to find that right balance between the actual strength of the Kemono versus the strength of the players was the hardest balance to figure out."
The directors claim that mastery of the Karakuri system will set excellent Wild Hearts players apart from those who are still learning the game. The adaptable multiplayer support in Wild Hearts will make getting assistance for gamers who are having trouble battling the nature-infused Kemono a breeze. Hirata noted that Wild Hearts allows up to three players to play together online and that newcomers can learn a lot from watching more seasoned players use the Karakuri.
Wild Hearts supports crossplay, allowing players on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC to take on the game together, in contrast to Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise.