EA Originals teams up with Dynasty Warriors Studio for a new Monster Hunter-like game

EA has announced that its EA Originals label has partnered with Koei Tecmo and Dynasty Warriors studio Omega Force for a new hunting game – it’s like Monster Hunter hunting, not Big Buck Hunter hunting.

We don’t yet know a ton of details about what this new hunting game will be, but EA has said it’s a “AAA experience” and is set in fantasy feudal Japan. We should get more details on that later this month, which might suggest a Tokyo Game Show screening this week.

Concept art for EA Originals’ upcoming Omega Force hunting game

“The EA team fully embraces our creative independence and has become an invaluable partner providing both development and publishing support,” said Koei Tecmo Executive Vice President Yosuke Hayashi. “Adding EA’s global resources to ours will help us introduce a new kind of hunting game to a global player audience and expand our reach in global markets. I look forward to the day when gamers around the world will be able to play this new game.”

The EA Originals label was first announced in 2016 after positive reception for Unravel. Its first game announcement, Fe, was developed by small Gothenburg studio Zoink. It has since published games such as Lost in Random, Rocket Arena, Sea of ​​Solitude, Unravel 2, Knockout City, A Way Out and It Takes Two, being nominated for Game of the Year 2021 by IGN.

The difference between all of these games and this new partnership is that so far EA Originals has largely partnered with smaller studios, usually between 10 and 70 people. Although it did not explicitly call itself an independent label, Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund announced that EA Originals apparently implied that it would.

Among its three fundamental pillars, he said, one was “to support small developers” and another was to “fund and provide small studios with a level of security”. Koei Tecmo, with over 2,000 employees, multiple subsidiaries, and dozens of hit games, seems like either a strange outlier or an indication that the EA Originals label is about to take a new direction.

Koei Tecmo and Omega Force recently partnered with Nintendo for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, which we gave an 8 for being a “true hybrid of Fire Emblem social gameplay and Warriors battles” that “works despite exceeding her welcome and missing the mark when it comes to more intimate interactions.” Given that, it’ll be interesting to see how Omega Force’s musou roots translate into a hunting game.

Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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