Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has set a high bar in terms of popularity and sales the past few years, with 2017-2018’s Monster Hunter World and its expansion, Iceborne combining to sell over 27 million copies on the PS4, Xbox One and PC and 2021-2022’s Monster Hunter Rise already combining for 13 million on the Nintendo Switch and PC but Electronic Arts isn’t daunted by following in Monster Hunter‘s footsteps with its upcoming action RPG/monster hunter game, Wild Hearts. In fact, EA boss Andrew Wilson believe that Wild Hearts will not only improve on the genre, but give the community “all of the things its asking for” in a monster hunter game as well.
“It started with what felt like a pretty small idea for us internally, and every time we saw the product we were wowed and mesmerized by what they were doing,” Wilson said during EA’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday.
“The monster hunter genre is a relatively new genre. It exploded. It is ripe for innovation and creativity and expansion, and what we see the team doing is all of the things the community is asking for in the genre.
“And the response so far has been really, really strong,” he added. “And so, I don’t want to get out over my skis on this one, but I would tell you, I saw it and I think it’s incredible, the community saw it and they think it’s incredible.
“How big it can be? We don’t quite know yet, but I think there’s a path for this to be a really cool opportunity for us, for the development team and for the community at large.”
EA’s Wild Hearts game is set for release on February 17th, 2023 through the company’s EA Origins label and will be developed by Omega Force, a branch of Koei Tecmo well-known for the Dynasty Warriors series. Wild Hearts takes place in a feudal Japanese setting where players will battle against giant, nature-infused beasts known as Kemono. The game will be available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and the Steam and Epic Games stores. Up to three players will be able to play at once with cross-platform capabilities on all platforms available as well.
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