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‘Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes’ to be published by 505 Games

Gelo Gonzales
‘Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes’ to be published by 505 Games

EIYUDEN CHRONICLE. The main character sprints through a crowded area, showing off how 2D sprites look on a 3D background

Screenshot from Eiyuden Chronicle/Rabbit & Bear Studios

The spiritual successor to the Suikoden games is the most successful video game Kickstarter of 2020

The spiritual successor to the Suikoden games, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, has found a publisher.

505 Games has come on board, partnering with the Japan-based Rabbit & Bear Studios to publish what became 2020’s biggest video game Kickstarter campaign. The publisher made the announcement, Friday, February 12, Philippine time.

Eiyuden Chronicle made waves when it was announced in July 2020 as the game will have Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano, who are among the creators of the Suikoden series, back in the lead again. Those games are considered to be some of the best RPGs in the PlayStation era, and has a loyal fanbase even as the series has become inactive. Murayama was the director of the first 3 games while Kawano designed the characters of the first game.

The new game hopes to harken back to the older era of JRPGs or to quote Murayama, “We dreamed of making a game for JRPG fans that celebrates everything we love about the genre and lets us highlight everything we’ve learned as game developers over the years.”

“505 Games is the perfect partner for us and we look forward to working with them to bring Eiyuden Chronicle, and potentially future projects, to fans around the world,” he added.

Like the old Suikoden games, Eiyuden Chronicle will have a massive cast of characters that the player will be able to recruit. It is one of the features that defined the games.

Like Suikoden 2, the game will also feature a 6-character battle system with characters made of 2D sprites. This will be combined with 3D backgrounds, creating an effect similar to another modern throwback RPG, Octopath Traveler.

505 Games is a subsidiary of Italy-based Digital Bros, and has published games such as Death Stranding (PC version), Ghostrunner, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Control.

The multiplatform game is currently slated for a Q4 2022 release. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.