UPDATE: July 27, 2020: Rabbit & Bear Studios has launched the Kickstarter campaign for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, and within three hours of going live (and even bringing the Kickstarter servers down) has been fully funded!
If you’re wondering why this particular title is doing so well, it’s because the developers working on it are crucial members of the Suikoden team. That alone has given many fans of Konami’s abandoned game hope to see a spiritual successor in some form.
The funding goal was set at $681,964 CAD and at the time of this writing, is at almost $1,000,000. With 31 days to go, there is quite a bit of time to back the project and help cross those stretch goals. It’s coming to PC at minimum goal, with stretch goals to bring the game to additional platforms, including PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. There is also a fortress rebuilding mechanic that’s been hit, so it’s likely we’ll see the game hit consoles. As for the Nintendo Switch, it won’t be coming to the platform but with Eiyuden Chronicle launching October 2022, they want to revisit the situation then and see if it is viable for Nintendo’s next console.
Original story below:
Some of the key developers that worked on the Suikoden series during its infancy are now working together at Rabbit & Bear Studios out of Tokyo, Japan. While I’m in the “I’d rather get a new Suikoden camp,” upon learning of what Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes consisted of and who is working on this new Kickstarter project, I’m a bit less apprehensive about the whole project.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the abandoned Konami RPG series, and it’s been 14 years since the last mainline entry. So, knowing that Yoshitaka Murayama, together with series veterans Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta, and Junichi Murakami. As for when you can start dropping your hard-earned cash to their Kickstarter? That begins on July 27 and will run until August 28, 2020.
Yoshitaka Murayama is known as the father of the Suikoden series, serving as the director, producer, and writer. At Rabbit & Bear, Murayama will lead the project with Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes serving as “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” with “a story of war and friendship and a diverse cast of 100 unique heroes.” If all goes well, we’ll see the finished product in 2022, with the aim being PC and other consoles if all goals are met. Here’s hoping because this would be perfect on the Switch.
— 村山吉隆（Yoshitaka Murayama、BluemoonStudio) (@BmsMurayama) July 24, 2020
Here’s what the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is about:
Our story begins in one corner of Allraan, a tapestry of nations with diverse cultures and values. By dint of sword, and by way of magical objects known as ”rune-lenses,” the land’s history has been shaped by the alliances and aggressions of the humans, beastmen, elves, and desert people who live there. The Galdean Empire has edged out other nations and discovered a technology that amplifies the rune-lenses’ magic. Now, the Empire is scouring the continent for an artifact that will expand their power even further. It is on one such expedition that Seign Kesling, a young and gifted imperial officer, and Nowa, a boy from a remote village, meet each other and become friends. However, a twist of fate will soon drag them into the fires of war, and force them both to reexamine everything they believe to be right and true.