If this isn’t some of the best news ever? I don’t know what is.
Key creators behind the Suikoden series have announced that they will be unveiling an ambitious new RPG development project on Kickstarter July 27th, 2020 titled Eiyuden Chronicle.
Industry veterans Yoshitaka Murayama, Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta and Junichi Murakami will join forces to revive the classic JRPG genre from the PlayStation era on Kickstarter with a project called Eiyuden Chronicle. Eiyuden Chronicle is an ode to the classic JRPG genre from the PlayStation era that will feature classic JRPG exploration and battles in high-resolution 2.5D graphics, pixel-based characters, a story of war and friendship, a diverse cast of 100 unique heroes to join the protagonist’s endeavor, and a fortress building system to grow their army. The game will feature a guild system that allows players to change their fortress attributes based on the guild they join. Battles will be turn-based with parties of up to 6 members and feature dynamic boss battles that change camera angle and rotate depending on the environment.
Eiyuden Chronicle’s story will be handled by Suikoden I and II veteran scenario writer Murayama (Suikoden I, Suikoden II, The Alliance Alive), with character design by Kawano (Suikoden I, IV, Arca Last), system design and direction by Komuta (Suikoden Tierkreis, Suikoden Tactics, Arca Last), and art direction and production by Murakami (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, OZ). The game’s soundtrack will feature compositions by famed RPG composers Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms series), Motoi Sakuraba (Tales series), among other artists.
For this project, the team has formed a new development studio, Rabbit & Bear Studios, which is based in Tokyo, Japan. Eiyuden Chronicle marks the first time these four members have worked on a game together and marks the first time that Murayama and Kawano have collaborated in over 25 years.
“The first thing we decided when our members came together was, ‘It’s about time we made a really interesting game that we ourselves want to make.’ We chose Kickstarter in order to make an interesting game with the players in mind, hold the rights to the planning, world, and story of the game, all while keeping the fun of the project. Please lend us your support in this new challenge of ours! We promise to create something that heeds the call of your voices,” states Yoshitaka Murayama, the project leader of Eiyuden Chronicle.
The Kickstarter campaign will run from July 27th to August 28th and allow backers the chance to support the production of the game through a wide array of rewards with various tiers.