When I talked about Eiyuden Chronicle a few weeks back, I didn’t expect much to come out of it. It’s awesome that the game’s a spiritual successor to the Suikoden games (come on Konami! Sell your I.P.s if you don’t want to use them!), but I figured most old school gamers who even remembered Suikoden in the first place wouldn’t care.

Holy crap was I ever wrong.

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46,307 people backed the campaign! It brought in a haul of ¥481,21,841, which is nearly SG$6.2 MILLION. Hot damn!

Eiyuden Chronicle now joins the hallowed ranks as one Kickstarter’s greatest campaigns. It, alongside Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained and Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue III, are proof that there’s a very lucrative fanbase who’re hungry to for older, neglected franchises to be resurrected…though perhaps in another form.

It’s also worth noting that both Eiyuden Chronicle and Bloodstained are based off Konami’s dormant series’. Eiyuden Chronicle is of course a spiritual successor to the awesome Suikoden series, while Bloodstained is the bastard offspring of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Eiyuden Chronicle’s massive total shattered every single stretch goal the team put forward. That includes the companion game, which should be out sometime next year. The main game, Eiyuden Chronicle, is slated for a 2022 release…however, with all the new stuff needed to be implement, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if that slipped to 2023 or even 2024.

An RPG is not something you kick out the door in just a few months, particularly one as jam packed with features like Eiyuden Chronicle!

One of those features? Cats.

Yes, cats! Kitties will be peppered throughout the game! As a massive cat lover, this is the feature that I’m looking forward to the most. Not the expanded character roster, or the new stuff you can do in-game…but interacting with kitties!

I’m crossing my fingers that the launch goes off without a hitch.

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Bloodstained lost a ton of support with its massive bungling of its launch, screwing out backers who supported the game. That’s not a surprise though, considering it was 505 Games who published it. Yes, that 505 Games from the Control controversy.

Hopefully, Eiyuden Chronicle learned the painful lessons from Koji Igarashi’s mishap.

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at Taipei Game Show 2020. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.