During Tokyo Game Show, Konami revealed a surprising announcement, one that is most welcome to many JRPG fans.
First thing is first, the title is a bit of a mouthful — Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars. It’s also not just a remaster but also a hybrid remake that offers noticeable improvements to the graphics including updated portraits redone by Junko Kawano, the original artist from 1995’s Suikoden.
Konami is also reworking the environmental sounds to add a new level of immersion and sound effects to make battles feel impactful.
Lastly, both games will see new features such as dialogue log, auto-battle, double-speed battles, and more.
The Story of Suikoden I
A once-renowned hero turns into a violent tyrant, and an empire falls into decline.
A Liberation Army is rising up in an act of rebellion against an oppressive rule.
One by one the 108 stars of Destiny gather to shape the course of history.
The Story of Suikoden II
Our story’s hero and his friend Jowy are members of the Unicorn Youth Brigade, which participated in a drawn-out border dispute between the Highland Kingdom and the City-States of Jowstown.
A few months earlier, a truth agreement was signed between the two forces, both of which were happy to see an end to the fighting. However, hidden under the momentary peace the fires of a new war continued to smolder…
In related news, the original team behind the Suikoden games has moved on to work on Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual successor to Suikoden. Since launching its Kickstarter, the project has raised $4.5 million in funding from the community.
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars will launch in 2023 and could likely determine if we’ll see more games in the series.