505 Games will now publish Suikoden spiritual successor, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes when it eventually releases.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes was an incredibly successful KickStarter last summer as it reignited the gaming community’s interest in strategy RPGs. Its blend of beautiful 2D pixel art in front of some stunning backgrounds sparked the imagination of those who decided to back the game. The campaign was able to raise ¥481,621,841 (around $4,588,411) with over 46,000 fans contributing. It was in fact the most successful campaign on the platform last year.
505 Games has a history of supporting KickStarted games. The company has helped publish the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and action RPG Indivisible in the past. It has also made deals with big brands like Terraria, Death Stranding for PC, and the critically acclaimed Control by Remedy Entertainment.
The developer, Rabbit & Bear, has a notable staff in its stable. Studio head Yoshitaka Murayama is the creator and writer of the Suikoden series. Junko Kawano was a designer and producer for the series as well. Eiyuden Chronicles will be directed by Osamu Komuta, who assumed the same role with Suikoden Tactics, Suikoden Tierkreis, and Genso Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century. Motoi Sakuraba, the composer of the Tales series and the Dark Souls series, will also be on the production staff. If you want to create a successor to one of the most beloved JRPG series of all time, this seems to be a great line up.
“We have dreamed of developing a game for genre fans for many years which also celebrates everything we love and have learned as game designers,” Murayama said in a press release, “Our team is looking forward to working with 505 Games to bring our first of hopefully many games, Eiyuden Chronicle, to fans around the world.”
Despite this announcement, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Houses seems to be a long way from being released. Rabbit & Bear was founded only in 2020, and the KickStarter campaign expects the game to hit stores sometime in October 2022. Keep in mind, however, that those dates are usually tepid and can change at any moment. Look at Mighty No. 9’s rocky development to see evidence of that.
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The British “Canadian” Chris Penwell has been a video game journalist since 2013 and now has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University. He loves to play JRPGs and games with a narrative. His dream is to go to E3 and PAX one day and experience the mania of each event!
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