New Monster Hunter Rival Coming From EA And Koei Tecmo

Published: September 13, 2022 9:25 AM /


Monster Hunter Rival concept art showing off a wooden house that has roots in the ground.

Are you looking for a Monster Hunter game that's not Monster Hunter? Well, Electronic Arts' EA Originals Label has teamed up with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force for a potential Monster Hunter rival, calling it "the next great hunting game". There isn't much else that we know just yet, only that it will be an original IP "based in fantasy feudal Japan". More will be unveiled later this month, but in the meantime there's still a lot we can glean from the choice of developer alone. Let's talk about it, shall we?

What can we expect from EA's Monster Hunter rival?

Basically, the development studio that Koei Tecmo has tapped to create "a truly AAA experience" is Omega Force. The studio has already created a Monster Hunter rival in the Toukiden series, the second installment of which was fairly well liked by our reviewer here at TechRaptor. As for the differences between Monster Hunter and the Toukiden series, the latest title, Toukiden 2, is described by proponents as faster paced, more responsive, and its weapons were wuxia inspired instead of western/medieval like Monster Hunter.

While Toukiden wasn't a series that set the world on fire, it was a good series that got better as it went along, and this new opportunity alongside EA puts Omega Force in a unique spot to try again with what it's learned from its previous hunting franchise.

Monster Hunter Rival screenshot showing a character taking on a huge monster in Toukiden 2.
Toukiden was a more Japanese-focused version of Monster Hunter.

As far as EA is concerned, this is a fairly solid bet to make. EA Originals is a label that has produced successful titles such as It Takes Two and Knockout City. With Koei Tecmo and Omega Force getting the budget (and hopefully the time) they need to make a proper Monster Hunter competitor, fans of the monster hunting genre might suddenly become spoiled for choice. Even if you're happy with the way the Monster Hunter series is going, you'll probably want this game to be good so that the Monster Hunter series has some healthy competition. Will we get something that forces the Monster Hunter series to grow and innovate? EA definitely hopes so, but we'll have to see.

For more information on the EA's potential Monster Hunter rival, stay tuned to TechRaptor.


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