Seeing Stars? How about 108 of them?
A Tokyo based studio named Rabbit & Bear Studios, which consists of key members from the legendary Suikoden series, have announced what could be called as the ‘Spiritual Successor’ to the classic RPG.
Entitled Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they’ve set a pretty ambitious target for the Fall of 2022, and will initiate a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $500,000 for a PC release. According to Gemtasu, there is one stretch goal, and console users will want to pay attention here, because that single stretch goal will determine a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Switch port (or Next-gen Switch, as available).
The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to run from July 27 at 9AM PT (That’s 12AM, Philippine time) to August 28.
IGN Japan shared a teaser for the project:
As per Gematsu, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred heroes is being led by a team comprised by “Suikoden I and II veteran scenario writer Yoshitaka Murayama, alongside series veterans Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta, and Junichi Murakami. The project marks the first time these four creators have worked on a game together, as well as the first time Murayama and Kawano have collaborated in 25 years.”
Murayama further added that “Eiyuden Chronicle is about war, or more importantly, the intention and feelings of the 100 heroes who fight that war from a variety of perspectives and for a variety of different reasons.”
Murayama also detailed some sort of base building mechanic similar to the RPG of old, saying that “With each new character your ‘fortress town’ grows in size and ability. It is a key system in the game. As you increase your teammates, some members will be blacksmiths, some chefs and whether on the battlefield or not, each character will play a role in strengthening your resolve as an army. There are guilds that you can join which will largely change the visual make-up of your fortress town and grant different abilities. The more people you recruit, the stronger the snowball effect. As you level up, new trade options appear along with enemies and thieves that randomly attack your town in an effort to impede your progress. You need to make choices whether to strengthen your walls or hasten your progress. Each choice will make every play session feel different and have its own consequences.”