The next EA Original has been announced, and it’s coming from Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, developers of the Dynasty Warriors series. Set in Japan during its feudal period but with a fantasy twist, EA and Koei Tecmo describe the as-yet-untitled project as “the next great hunting game”. Dispel those mental images of theHunter: Call Of The Wild and Big Buck Hunter though, because it sounds like this is more in the vein of hack-and-slash monster hunting shenanigans.
It seems EA and Koei Tecmo’s partnership is helping to bring the game outside of Japan. “Adding the global resources of EA with our own will help us introduce a new kind of hunting game to a global audience of players and expand our reach into global markets,” Koei Tecmo’s Executive Vice President, Yosuke Hayashi, said. A spokesperson for EA said that the new game showed Toukiden 2 developer Omega Force’s “proven talent for combat gameplay”. Wasn’t EA Originals supposed to be about indies, EA? You can read the full announcement here.
All that goes to say that you wouldn’t expect a division of another publisher such as Koei Tecmo to fall under the remit of EA Originals, by now a fairly well-established indie-focused label. Omega Force have been around since 1996 and are known for developing the Dynasty Warriors series. They’ve been responsible for the successful musou interpretations of big-name Nintendo IP, such as the Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors games, along with name franchises such as Attack On Titan and Dragon Quest. Omega Force aren’t a tiny, obscure team. They’re part of a large Japanese publisher.