‘Wild Hearts’ is EA’s answer to Monster Hunter

You’ll soon have an alternative if the Monster Hunter games are feeling a bit stale. EA and Dynasty Warriors creator Omega Force have introduced Wild Hearts, a feudal Japan-inspired twist on the beast slaying formula. You (and your friends, in co-op) take on giant creatures using not just the usual bows and swords, but gadgets you build on the spot. You can craft giant mines that explode when a monster draws near, or harpoons that hold these enemies in place.

Omega Force isn’t a stranger to the concept. It developed the monster-slaying Toukiden franchise in the 2010s. In that sense, the team is mainly refining an experience it has been developing for years.

Wild Hearts will arrive on February 17th, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC (via Epic Games Store, Origin and Steam). You’ll learn more about the gameplay in an “extended” debut on October 5th. It’s too soon to say if the game will be derivative or a fresh take, but it could serve as a welcome fix for Monster Hunter fans who’ve exhausted the most recent titles and are looking for more.

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‘Sayonara Wild Hearts’ studio Simogo’s next game is an atmospheric murder mystery

 developer has revealed its next game and the eclectic studio is again moving in a different direction. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is a non-linear adventure title that will land on Nintendo Switch and Steam in 2023.

Simogo and publisher announced the game during today’s . The first trailer depicts a dark, atmospheric world in which you’ll need to solve puzzles to get to the bottom of a murder mystery. While the clip is light on story, there are a few peeks at the titular laser eyes.

The trailer description notes that you’ll play as a woman who’s looking for answers in a central European manor (or possibly a hotel or museum). Players will need to pay attention to what’s going on, and think about numbers, patterns and puzzles that they find. Annapurna these could be part of a “macabre game” or just a “simple treasure hunt.”

Simogo shook up the gameplay of Sayonara Wild Hearts from level to level and it looks like it’s adopting a similar approach here. The trailer suggests there will be a first-person shooter element, for instance. The visuals will vary too, from lo-fi PS1-era environments and character models to wireframe figures. It looks delightfully strange.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is nearly perfect and of all time. So, I’m really looking forward to checking out Lorelei and the Laser Eyes next year. Here’s hoping for more details during the Annapurna Interactive Showcase, which takes place .

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Kingdom Hearts Leaves Game Pass as 15 New Titles Join

The Kingdom Hearts series is leaving Xbox Game Pass at the end of the month. That’ll happen just after 15 new games join the service, including new EA Play titles.

On May 31, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue both leave the console version of the service. The games were never available on the PC version due to Epic Games Store’s exclusivity deal on the platform.

While that’s a loss for fans, Xbox Game Pass is adding 15 more games by the end of May. Conan Exiles is one of the bigger names in the batch, hitting Cloud and Console on May 27. Other notable additions include Maneater, Slime Rancher, and SnowRunner.

Three EA games are coming to service this month through Game Pass’ EA Play partnership. The multiplayer dodgeball game Knockout City will launch on console, PC, and cloud on May 21. Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville join the cloud line-up on May 20.

For longtime Xbox fans, there’s one notable surprise here: Fuzion Frenzy is coming to Microsoft’s cloud service on May 27. The multiplayer party game was an original Xbox launch title in 2001.

Here’s the full list of titles joining the service this month.

  • SnowRunner (Cloud, Console, PC) — Available Now
  • Peggle 2 (Cloud) — May 20
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (Cloud) — May 20
  • Secret Neighbor (PC) — May 20
  • The Wild At Heart (PC, Console) — May 20
  • The Catch: Carp & Coarse Fishing (Cloud, Console, PC) — May 21
  • Knockout City (Console, PC) — May 21
  • Maneater (Cloud, Console, PC) — May 25
  • Conan Exiles (Cloud, Console) — May 27
  • Fuzion Frenzy (Cloud) — May 27
  • Joy Ride Turbo (Cloud) — May 27
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (Console) — May 27
  • Slime Rancher (PC ) — May 27
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister (PC) — May 27
  • SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest (PC) — May 27

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Fortnite PSA: You must change privacy setting for Hearts Wild Team Battles

If you’re taking part in Fortnite‘s Hearts Wild event running through February 15, there’s one small detail you may have missed: a certain privacy feature needs to be disabled in order for the game to track your progress. As expected, the event offers players a number of rewards, including early access to the Lovely Outfit and more.

Part of the Hearts Wild event are community battles called Hearts Wild Team Battles. The challenges kicked off yesterday and will run through February 17, giving teams of players the chance to win various in-game rewards, including emoticons, banners, sprays, and a pickaxe.

The key to getting these items is coming in somewhere between fifth and first place — this means your placement in the match is a necessary detail for potentially winning. That’s why it’s necessary to disable a specific privacy setting, otherwise, the game won’t be able to track your progress and you won’t get a shot at winning.

Epic recently highlighted this small detail in a tweet on its Fortnite Status Twitter account, where it notes that users must make sure the ‘Show on career leaderboards’ option is turned on under their Account > Gameplay Privacy menu.

Depending on your rank in the Hearts Wild Team Battles, you’ll have a chance to win the Hearts Wild Team Battles banner, Perfect Match emoticon, Reel Love spray, Shuffly Shapes wrap, and the Breathless Blades pickaxe. Everything is, quite obviously, themed for Valentine’s day.

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Kingdom Hearts series coming to PC via Epic Games Store

Square Enix might be best known for publishing the Final Fantasy series but it does have quite a handful of JRPG franchises under its belt. Not all of those make it big outside of Japan and a few fans across the world but one, in particular, struck a chord in the hearts of gamers of all ages. Kingdom Hearts’ mix of serious RPG mechanics and characters from popular Disney shows and movies helped make it one of the most requested games to be ported to PCs. That day is finally coming, thanks to a partnership between Square Enix and Epic Games.

Given that Square Enix already has almost all its Final Fantasy titles and some Dragon Quest games on Steam, you’d think it would also release Kingdom Hearts there. That may still happen in the near future but, at least for now, the distinction will belong exclusively to Epic Games Store starting next month.

Kingdom Hearts, whose first installation was launched way back in 2002, combines unique characters created just for the game with iconic characters across several Disney and Pixar properties. But just because you can team up with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy doesn’t mean the game is for kids. In fact, the series gets a bit dark and emotional later on while still keeping that whimsical and fun gameplay close to heart.

Kingdom Hearts’ PC debut will span the entire 11 experiences available, both games and DLCs, that make up what was later labeled as the Darkseeker Saga. Rather than split it into individual games, however, the tiles will be available in groups of four instead:

• KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX – $49.99
• KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – $59.99
• KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind DLC – $59.99
• KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory – $59.99

Kingdom Hearts for PC will be available on the Epic Games Store starting March 30, 2021. At the moment, there is no word on special deals or bundles to celebrate its PC debut. There is also a lack of detail on how the PC ports will differ from their original console versions, especially when it comes to controls.

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