Itching to gather the 108 stars of destiny under your banner once again? Well…that’s not going to happen anytime soon since Konami seems adamant to sit on their awesome I.P.s for eternity. However, there may yet be light in the form of Eiyuden Chronicle from Rabbit & Bear Studios.
It’s a new RPG from some of the people who did the Suikoden games. Ah….intrigued I see.
Yoshitaka Murayama (writer for the Suikoden and Suikoden 2 scenarios) will be working on the story (please no deaths like Gremio’s!), with Osamu Komuta (who worked on Suikoden Tierkris and Tactics) doing the game systems and Junko Kawano (who did the character designs for Suikoden and Suikoden IV) will handle the character art. The score seems to be from multiple composers, with Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms series) and Motoi Sakuraba (Tales of series) mentioned.
Honestly? That’s a pretty stellar lineup with some impressive credentials behind them. Michiko Naruke’s Wild Arms soundtrack is among my favourite game OSTs and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for Eiyuden Chronicle.
The plot’s pretty standard fare but like the Suikoden games, it’ll allow you to recruit 100 characters to accompany you on your quest. You’ll of course have your own home base to develop, manage your own guild and even take part in six character battles…everything which should be deliciously familiar to Suikoden fans.
The 2D art and animation will undoubtedly bring back fond memories of the Suikoden games so here’s hoping team-up attacks are on the cards. I still have fond memories of Flik and Viktor teaming up to kick ass in the original game.
Eiyuden Chronicle’s Kickstarter campaign will commence next Monday. Details about the goal remain under wraps but it’s expected that Eiyuden Chronicle will come to the PC first, with console versions as stretch goals.