Accessing Wild Hearts multiplayer is quick and easy, allowing you to jump right into the Kemono-killing action, whether accompanying friends or forging a temporary alliance with random hunters. While the game can be played solo until the end, it is best enjoyed in co-op mode, outwitting the marauding monsters of Wild Hearts using cunning team tactics and clever use of your Karakuri.
The game limits the maximum number of hunters in a squad to three. That’s one less than we’re used to seeing in similar titles like Monster Hunter, Dauntless, and Toukiden, although it makes sense considering how many Karakuri devices four players could spawn in one area, creating too much clutter.
One advantage Wild Hearts has over its main rival is the inclusion of cross-play on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Whichever system you play on, this guide details several different ways to play Wild Hearts online, as well as how to form groups with friends.
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How to join multiplayer in Wild Hearts
There are several ways to access multiplayer in Wild Hearts:
From the main map
The easiest way to join a hunt is to find a Kemono or quest icon on the main map and press search. If there is another person looking to take on the same challenge, you will join their session through online matchmaking. However, if you can’t find anyone, you have the option of searching again or starting the search on your own, which brings us to the next method.
After you go hunting and locate your target Kemono, a message will appear on the screen asking if you want to request help. By doing so, other hunters can join your online session, coming in and out once the quest has been resolved. To save time, you can select an option in the settings menu that will automatically request assistance without requiring you to do so manually.
Resting at a campfire
Interact with any Karakuri Campfire Dragon to open the rest menu and select “play online.” This will allow you to search for lobbies or create your own, join a hunting party, and stay with these players even after you have completed the current quest.
Entering a hunter’s door
Whether exploring Azuma or engrossed in a fierce Kemono battle, you’ll notice glowing portals scattered across each map. This is what Wild Hearts calls the Hunter’s Gate, allowing you to see what other online players in the same region are currently hunting, with the option to join them. It’s a quick and easy way to jump right into the action, but doing so will lose your progress if you’re already in the middle of another hunt.
How to play online with friends in Wild Hearts
Using the above method will present an option to find friends online or invite them to your own session. This can be done by following a few simple steps.
If you plan to host friends, you must first create a session and then delve into the Wild Hearts communication menu to find them. Here you can send a direct invite or even search for a player’s name if you can’t find them on your list.
Alternatively, you can add a group tag to your lobby, as well as a password, making it easy for your friends to join without fear of random hunters showing up.
Wild Hearts also allows story progression in cooperative mode. If you and the other players in your party are at the same point in the game’s story, you will retain any story progress you make when you return to solo play.
Wild Hearts Multiplayer Tips
Obviously, playing with others has its benefits. In general, you will have an easier time, as fellow players will be able to get Kemono’s attention when his allies need to retreat and restore his health. By communicating, you can also quickly erect Karakuri to great effect, building bulwarks to block a stampede or box towers to jump over and slow air strikes against incapacitated targets.
It also increases the viability of certain weapons, such as the bow and hand cannon. These can be a little trickier to use in solo games when a Kemono’s gaze is firmly fixed on you. However, playing online allows you to stay back as melee hunters advance, wound your target with ranged weapons, and provide support when needed.
One downside to online gaming is the potential connection issues you’ll encounter. A little lag in a co-op game is usually easy to ignore, although in Wild Hearts it can ruin Karakuri’s location. If you press a Fusion Karakuri button combination too quickly while suffering from a bad connection, you could end up with a messy tangle of Basic Karakuri. Not only is it a waste of your Thread, but it can also create a mini obstacle course for you and your fellow hunters to navigate.
It’s also worth noting that other players can place temporary Dragon Karakuri while using ones you’ve already created; Don’t worry, Wild Hearts prevents visitors from tampering with your Karakuri, so you should always welcome guests when you go hunting.
I hope you enjoy multiplayer in Wild Hearts!
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