Omega Force he finally presented his WILD HEARTSwhich will be released on Xbox Series X / S, PS5 and PC in February 2023. Although the trailer represents a project still under development, the aesthetics, the design have been quite noticed.
Talking with IGNthe directors Kotaro Hirata And Takuto Edagawa revealed the reason for this rapid evolution of the game. Hirata explained that the game has been in development for four years, counting the conception and design phases.
“If we start counting from the conception and planning stages, we have been working on Wild Hearts for four years“As for why it took so long to reveal it, he added:”we have wanted to talk to players about this game for a long time, but we thought the shorter the time between announcement and release, the less time players would have to wait and the more they would be interested in playing. ”
The involvement of Electronic Arts it is also interesting why Koei Tecmo is known for self-publishing titles such as Nioh and the upcoming Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Hirata explained: “we wanted to create a hunting game that could be enjoyed by players all over the world. EA is not only very strong in international publishing, but they have contributed a lot to WILD HEARTS with their great experience, and are really committed to ensuring that our game can reach a global audience.The language options for voiceovers, which include English, Japanese, Italian, German and Spanish, are proof of this.
As for WILD HEARTS being an attempt to target a more mainstream audience in the West, Edagawa said: “we are aware that we want more people in the west to play our games, and we have received a lot of feedback from EA from a western perspective on many details, which helps us know where to fix the game“.
“However, in terms of basic design and as a Japanese developer, we try to create something that we think is fun. EA agrees and respects our creativity“.
WILD HEARTS will launch on February 17, 2023 and will include cross-platform multiplayer.
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