Yesterday, the Omega Force team released an update for the PC version of Wild Hearts to address the CPU bottleneck issue, which introduced stuttering in the game. For many, this meant the game was borderline unplayable and caused many to review bomb the game on Steam. Currently, the game has 4,895 mixed reviews and 3,800 negative reviews at the time of this article.
Sadly, this update seems to have little to no effect for many. Others have cited that their performance was worse, and others aren’t able to launch the game after the update was installed. However, others, myself included, did see some improvement; it’s a mess no matter how you look at it.
Despite this update, Wild Hearts is in a bad place, with many wondering how they can get their money back. While I’m sure it wasn’t Omega Force’s intent to release the game in this state, it seems that the PC platform has been subjected to multiple releases being released in a bad state, such as this. I understand that it is harder to optimize for the PC than a console, due to the sheer number of combinations of PC builds that exist, which is why I’ve argued for years that the PC needs a minimal baseline configuration.
For now, all we can do is hope that Omega Force eventually gets this under control. Otherwise, despite how much fun it is, we could see Wild Hearts being left at the back of the bus. On that note, this was the same situation for both Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter World Iceborne, when they were eventually released for the PC. The base game and the expansion were in a terrible state for weeks. In the end, Capcom turned things around, and the game went on to be one of the best-selling games on Steam for quite some time.
As for Wild Hearts, I’m confident that Omega Force and Koei Tecmo can also turn their woes around. But, perhaps the game should have been left in the oven a bit longer.
If you want to see what we thought of Wild Hearts, you can check out Kyle Simcox’s review who says that the title is “an incredibly fun monster hunting experience that’s really only held back by its technical issues.” Yep, that about sums things up.