Wild Hearts Karakuri: Mastering an Ancient Technology

Harness the energy of nature to power ancient Karakuri technology.

Don’t hunt in anger
Rather use wisdom and skill.
Knowingly, prevail

Before you’re ready to tame a world gone wild, it’s wise to take some time to understand both the often brutal prey you’ll be hunting, and the ancient technology that will give you the edge against them when wild hearts is released on February 17, 2023.

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The game is set in a fantasy feudal Japan, specifically in a land called Azuma. Once in harmony with the beautiful landscape that surrounded it, now it is a beautifully dangerous place. Local maps show the land divided into four main areas; the picturesque meadows of Blossom Trail, the sandy beaches of Spirit Isle, the soaring clouds over Harvest Canyon, and the blistering winds of Frozen Fort.

The people of Azuma are now threatened by giant beasts they call Kemono. Driven by desperation, they wield the power of primal nature at its most destructive, using that power to shape the environment around them. Calamity follows them, and for a long time, the people are helpless against them.

As the Kemono expand their territory to survive, the city of Minato, a small port village, is slowly dying, being eroded by nature. There he will find like-minded people who will help him on his journey to bring peace to Azuma once more.

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When the Deathstalker wolf howls, people tremble with fear, but you only feel the thrill of the hunt ahead. Because you have a unique gift, a powerful ancient technology known as Karakuri. This technology is ancient, and though once known to many and used to protect humanity, it is now all but lost. Karakuri can be used as both weapons and tools, built to meet your needs at any time. There are many forms this technology can take, from a simple torch to light your way to a celestial cannon that gives you enough massive firepower to stagger your prey. You can use this technology to scout your prey, set up strong defenses against Kemono attacks, reshape your hunting grounds to give you an advantage, and more.

Of course, there is more to a hunter’s life than stalking prey. He must gather resources to help build or upgrade his armor and weapons. An abundant yet elusive resource such as fish can be difficult to catch, Karakuri can be turned into a handy paddle shovel to allow you to quickly catch and store them.

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There’s plenty to explore in Azuma, whether you’re scavenging for resources or actively hunting, and the Karakuri can help make your journey that little bit quicker and easier. Trust the flying vine, roller or glider to get you from one place to another fast. The Flying Vine (similar to a zip line) or Glider can also give you the elevation you need to better understand almost any location, easily catch up with your fellow hunters, or create a better angle of attack while fighting a Kemono.

Any good hunter knows that preparation is key, and the Karakuri can even help you train between hunts to improve your skills. Build the Training Bear to train and test new weapons or upgrade your skills with existing ones. There is no such thing as being overly prepared when it comes to hunting beasts as dangerous and powerful as the Kemono.

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Developed by Omega Force, the Japanese studio behind the warrior dynasty franchise, wild hearts takes you on an epic adventure set in a fantasy world inspired by feudal Japan. Get ready to join the hunt on February 17, 2023 and add wild hearts to your wish list today.