We got many great things from this year’s E3. But one of the gems we got is the announcement of the Kickstarter game Eiyuden Chronicles Rising and Eiyuden Chronicles Hundred Heroes‘ deal for Xbox game pass. I am here to give some great info about the Eiyuden Chronicles Games.
Kickstarter Beginnings of Eiyuden Chronicles
Eiyuden Chronicles is being developed by Rabbit and Bear studios. The studio is spearheaded by the 2 legends that originally came up with the Suikoden series currently owned by Konami. Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kuwano decided to collaborate after 25 years on a game they wanted to create together. Some of which might say is the spiritual successor to Suikoden. They made the decision of using Kickstarter to get EC off the ground. So they could own the IP for the game.
When the Kickstarter went live, the game received unwavering support. In fact, the site suffered from multiple crashes from traffic in the first 30 minutes. It only took 2.5 hours to raise $2.3 million for their game. The Kickstarter ended with Murayama and Kuwano hitting all the stretch goals for the game at close to $5 million.
Eiyuden Chronicles recruited many talented people to take part in the game’s development. Especially in the music department. Rabbit and Bear studios brought in veterans that composed music for many acclaimed titles. This includes the Tale of series, Shining Force 3, Golden Sun, Baten Kaitos, and even Wild Arms. EC is being published by 505 Games which is no stranger to Kickstarter games. The publisher previously helped publish Bloodstained Ritual of the Night as well.
Eiyuden Chronicles is going to have 3D backgrounds with 2D sprites. Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes, which is the main game, is going to have 110 unique recruitable characters. Players will be able to use most of these characters in turn-based, 6 people party battles. As you build your town and recruit more people, your fortress town grows as you progress. A young man named Nowa will be the main character in this story.
Emphasis on Localization
A big thing that Murayama and Kuwano also cared about was accessibility in the language department. The Eiyuden Chronicle games will be available in 10 different languages including Brazilian Portuguese. There will also be at least 8 different types of mini-games. This includes activities such as cooking, fishing, monster raising, theatre, card battle, racing, top battle, and even trading. A big bonus in these games is that there should even be voice acting for cutscenes according to the Kickstarter.
Eiyuden Chronicle Game Modes
Eiyuden Chronicle will feature a few game modes. Some of the modes include Hero Mode, Asynchronous and Battle Defense Mode. Hero Mode is where you chose a party to take on unique dungeons and challenges. As you progress, it’ll become more difficult over time.
Asynchronous Mode is where you can share your party and fortress town as AI-controlled data with other players. This will allow them to battle your army without you even being online.
Battle Defense Mode is where your fortress town will be attacked as the story progresses. As a result, you will want to build up your town’s defense in order to protect your town and its citizens from being ransacked. You can do this by building a citadel, strengthening your walls, training defense troops, and developing weapons.
Future Content and Small Perks
The game is slated to have 3 DLCs in the future. The first being Seign’s story, the 2nd Marissa’s story, and thanks to the Game Pass deal, we will get a 3rd DLC that will somehow involve the Eiyuden Chronicle community.
It’s important to note that Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising will not be a full-blown game like Hundred Heroes. Instead, Rising will be a companion game to the Hundred Heroes. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising will be a town-building action RPG set in the same world as Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
Rising should be introducing a portion of the EC characters which takes place prior to the main game Hundred Heroes. There might even be some small perks for players that link their Rising save file with Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes, similar to the Suikoden series. Lastly, something special could happen if you recruit all 110 characters in the main game. Again, this is based on previous Suikoden titles.
I am sure fans of the old-school-style JRPGs and Suikoden will love both these games when they release. Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising is slated to launch in 2022 and will be available on Day one on Xbox Game Pass.