Suikoden successor Eiyuden Chronicle delayed to Q2 2024

suikoden successor eiyuden chronicle

Suikoden successor, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, has been delayed the game’s developer Rabbit & Bear Studios have announced. The upcoming JRPG is now scheduled to release sometime in Q2 2024.

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2020, Eiyuden Chronicle soared its way to the top of most-wanted lists, promising a classic roleplaying experience with – as you can probably guess – 100 playable heroes.

Having so many recruitable characters in an RPG used to be Suikoden’s party trick. However, the beloved Konami franchise has lay dormant for years now, original developers Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I and II) and Junko Kawano (Suikoden I and IV) carrying the torch with Eiyuden Chronicle. For those who simply can’t wait to dive into the game’s setting, you can play the 2D action RPG, Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising which we reviewed in 2022.

What happened to Suikoden?

For avid JRPG fans, the name Suikoden invokes a sense of nostalgia and admiration. Compared to genre mainstays like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, Konami’s series may not be as well known though its seen plenty of sequels, many of them launching outside of Japan. Making its debut in 1995 on the original PlayStation, Suikoden was brainchild of the aforementioned Yoshitaka Murayama, set in a richly crafted medieval fantasy world. The JPRG quickly garnered praise for its engaging storyline, well-developed characters, and innovative gameplay mechanics. It would spawn a sequel in 1998, followed by a string of successors moving into the PS2 era with new storylines, mechanics, and of course, a whole host of playable heroes.

Despite its dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim, the Suikoden series faced challenges as the gaming industry evolved. As Konami shifted its focus to other franchises and gaming trends, the development of new Suikoden titles quietly tailed off, the publisher perhaps (wrongly) assuming JRPGs would forever fall out of fashion.

The departure of Yoshitaka Murayama and other key developers no doubt contributed to the series’ stagnation. It is hoped that Eiyuden Chronicle will fill that void with its own immersive fantasy setting and packed roster of diverse heroes. The game is due to launch across a variety of platforms including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Source: Kickstarter