There aren’t many details yet on what this new hunting game will look like, but EA says it will be a “AAA experience” and set in fantasy feudal Japan. We expect to get more details later this month, as it could hint at a screening at this week’s Tokyo Game Show.
“The EA team has fully embraced our creative independence, making us a valuable partner in providing both development and publishing support,” said Koei Tecmo Executive VP Yosuke Hayashi. increase. Extend our reach to global markets for a global audience of players. We are really looking forward to the day when gamers around the world can play this new game. ”
The EA Originals label was first announced in 2016 after the positive reception of Unravel. Its first game announcement, Fe, was developed by small Gothenburg studio Zoink. Since then, we’ve published games like Lost in Random, Rocket Arena, Sea of Solitude, Unravel 2, Knockout City, A Way Out, and IGN Game of the Year 2021 nominated It Takes Two.
The difference between all these games and this new partnership is that in the past EA Originals has mostly partnered with smaller studios, typically between 10 and 70 people. Although it wasn’t explicitly called an indie label, his then-executive VP Patrick Söderlund said: EA Originals announced seems to imply that
Among its three pillars, he said, one is “supporting small developers” and the other is “funding and providing a certain level of security to small studios.” said. With over 2,000 employees, multiple subsidiaries, and dozens of hit games, Koei Tecmo is either a strange outlier or seems to indicate that the EA Originals label is about to head in a new direction. is.
Koei Tecmo and Omega Force recently partnered with Nintendo to produce Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, which they gave an 8 for being “a true hybrid of Fire Emblem’s social gameplay and Warriors’ battles.” I was. When it comes to more intimate interactions. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Omega Force’s Musou roots translate into a hunting game.
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