Eiyuden Chronicle will take the form of a JRPG with a 2.5D visual style, 100 heroes to recruit (all rendered in pixel-art form), and a ‘fortress building system’ underpinning the story. As you might expect, it’s drawing heavily on the style that won Suikoden its fans in the first place, but with a few modern twists.
Battles will be turn-based with parties of six characters, and boss battles will see the camera angle shift based on the environment – which you can see in a short teaser below:
Eiyuden Chronicle’s story will be written by Suikoden 1 and 2 writer Yoshitaka Murayama, with character design, system design, and direction all handled by other ex-Suikoden team members. Developers from the likes of Castlevania, Wild Arms and Tales series are also part of the team. The collective of developers have joined under a new studio banner, Rabbit & Bear.
The Kickstarter begins on July 27, and runs until August 28, and is looking for $500,000 USD in funding for a PC release, with a stretch goal for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Switch versions. Ahead of the Kickstarter, the Eiyuden Chronicle website has character profiles and more information. You can check out early screenshots and illustrations below:
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If you’re not familiar with Suikoden, it might be worth checking out our article on why Suikoden 2 is the best game you’ve never played.