The companion game designed to set up Eiyuden Chronicle, the spiritual successor to the Suikoden JRPG series, will be released on all major formats on May 10.
The main game, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in July 2020, hitting its minimum goal in just three hours.
One of the stretch goals for the campaign was a second companion game designed to set the scene before the main game would be released. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is this companion game.
As such, this is is not the Suikoden successor fans have been waiting for – that will come in 2023 as Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
Instead, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is set in the same world as Hundred Heroes, and introduces some of the main game’s cast in a pre-war setting. This companion title will be a 2.5D action RPG with town-upgrading elements.
Players who buy Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising will get special ‘perks’ if they then link it with the main game, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, when it’s eventually released.
The main Eiyuden Chronicle game is described as “an ode to the classic JRPG genre from the PlayStation era” with exploration and battles in 2.5D graphics, pixel-based characters, a cast of 100 unique heroes and a fortress building system.
Eiyuden Chronicle’s story will be handled by Suikoden I and II writer Yoshitaka Murayama, with character design by Junko Kawano (Suikoden I, IV), system design and direction by Osamu Komuta (Suikoden Tierkreis, Suikoden Tactics), and art direction and production by Junichi Murakami (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, OZ).
The game’s soundtrack will feature music by composers Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms series) and Motoi Sakuraba (Tales series), among other artists.