We love the Final Fantasy series, we really do. But there’s one RPG series that’s even closer to our hearts: Suikoden.
The numbered entries in the Suikoden series, i.e. the good ones, were released on the original PlayStation and PS2 between 1997 and 2006. They had dramatic, politically charged stories, and challenged players to recruit 108 stars of destiny to fight for their cause. For building their army, players were rewarded with new functionality at their base of operations, amongst other things.
With 14 years passing since the last mainline Suikoden game, it’s clear that Konami probably isn’t going to do anything with the series anytime soon. Thankfully we no longer need to care though, as key creators of Suikoden I, II & IV have joined together to make Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual successor that has us very excited indeed.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will bring Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano together for the first time in 25 years, and hopefully the results will be magical. They hoped to raise funds via Kickstarter in addition to publisher funding, and after just three days of the project going live it has already reached its target and smashed numerous stretch goals.
$500,000 was required for further development of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes to go ahead, and that target was reached within hours. At the time of writing, over $2,100,000 has now been pledged, which means that the game will be launching on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and the next-gen Nintendo console as well as PC, and features such as Fortress Town Mode, a cooking mini-game, a guild system, and new game plus will be added.
Assets released for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes suggest that it will be very much in the vein of Suikoden, with a story that centres on two characters drawn into war by fate. It will have an art style that mixes 2D and 3D to great effect, much like Square Enix’s Octopath Traveller, while the battle system looks very familiar indeed. And of course, as the name suggests, there will be 100 characters to recruit.
Check out Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes‘ Kickstarter page for more information. And if you’re as excited about the game as us, perhaps make a pledge. The game is expected to release in 2022.