Suikoden Returns With Spiritual Successor ‘Eiyuden Chronicle’

The Suikoden series might be one of the most beloved RPG series of all time, but Konami, like so many of its other classic properties, has been content to let the series languish in obscurity since its last new game in the early 2000s. But the games’ own creator isn’t willing to let the franchise die. That’s why original Suikoden writer Yoshitaka Murayama and other original developers are teaming up to create Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, their own spiritual successor to the legendary roleplaying series. And if you’re wondering how this game can revive the classic formula, then you’re in luck, as its debut trailer was just released today.

Eiyuden Chronicle is a 2.5D turn-based RPG about collecting a makeshift band of heroes to team up and save the world. Like the original Suikoden games, you can recruit a massive amount of playable characters on your quest. The story features 100 characters, all of whom intricately intertwine with one another throughout the story. Combat is classic turn-based fare, but it’s set off with a gorgeous visual style that’s reminiscent of modern titles like Octopath Traveler. To see this in action, check out the first trailer below which not only features some amusing skits from the development team, but also showcases the game’s beautiful world exploration and dynamic combat system starting at the 2:26 minute mark.

The developers are turning to Kickstarter to make the game a reality, where it has already been a smash hit. It has well surpassed its initial goal of $500,000 USD for a PC release, meaning that the game will truly happen. The next step is to reach $1,000,000 to fund a release on next-gen consoles, including a version on Switch or a next-gen Switch (if Nintendo ever develops one).  

The developers can’t do this all on their own, however. They are developing the game independently, meaning that they have to turn to Kickstarter to acquire much-needed funds to see the game to fruition. They’re looking for $500,000 USD to fund a PC release, with stretch goals for X and Y to unlock releases on Nintendo Switch and next-gen consoles like Xbox Series X, PS5, and even a next-gen Switch (if one comes to exist). With one full month to meet their stretch goals, it seems all but guaranteed that console releases will come to fruition.

Eiyuden Chronicle is the latest in a series of classic games getting new life through independent reimaginings, so it will be exciting to see how this rebirth of Suikoden progresses. Check out the official Kickstarter to help make the game’s release on consoles a reality.

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