Wild Hearts shows off more of its giant-monster battling technology in new gameplay trailer

The upcoming Wild Hearts game for monster hunting but not Monster Hunter has been shown for seven minutes of gameplay, giving us a proper look at how the game’s wooden tech can help take down its massive prey. It also reveals some co-op fishing for the first time. Take a look at the footage below, and try not to laugh when the thorny hammer hits the giant boar.

The Wild Hearts Monster Hunting Festival kicks off in February.

Wild Hearts is all about hitting huge creatures upside down with big swords. But they will not finish these monsters, called Kemono, by themselves. You will need to use the wooden Karakuri technique from Wild Hearts to help you finish the mission. Maybe it’s worth calling in some friends for help too, and that’s where collaboration comes in. All of this stuff is at play in the trailer above, where players tackle the Kemono Kingtusk pig. Good strong name there.

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Wild Hearts seems to have quite a bit of verticality, and I should note that the personal helicopter can be used to roam its world as well as during combat. This reverse slip thing would be great for getting into stores quickly on the weekend, too. The size of the pig is really huge, so it pays to have the ability to jump high and use the Karakuri platforms to boost your character on top of the Kemono.

Speaking of the Kemono, the Kingtusk has a great design. I dig his fiery squeak when he’s angry and a root-like tail. Your character can do some Souls-esque hand-rolling to dive under the Kemono to launch attacks on her stomach as well as all the deadly tricks that the Karakuri platforms have to offer. Some Karakuri seem to fire separate animations when activated as well, which is a nice touch. There’s even a great triumphant ending when Kingtusk is finally brought down.

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EA and Koei Tecmo announced that they were working together on a new monster hunting game early last month, which was revealed as Wild Hearts last week. The game is an EA Original, a former title dedicated to indie games from smaller studios of its creators Omega Force. They are known for Toukiden fantasy games similar to monster hunting, as well as the Musou Dynasty Warriors series. From what both companies have said, this appears to be a deal to publish Wild Hearts outside of Japan, which doesn’t seem to be in line with what EA Originals was set up for.

Wild Hearts is bringing its small wooden helicopter to Steam, Origin and the Epic Games Store on February 17, 2023, and it will cost $70 (UK TBC pricing).

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