Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is the name of a new Japanese role-playing video game being developed by several of the men and women behind one of Konami’s most beloved – and later abandoned – franchises: Suikoden. The project was financed by the fans themselves, and will have very characteristic elements of the franchise, but without being able to use the name since the license is still in the hands of the Japanese firm. What does Eiyuden Chronicle have to offer us and why is it so highly anticipated by fans of fantasy and rune magic?
Launching on PC and Xbox Game Pass in principle
After raising more than $ 4.5 million on Kickstarter in 2020, the developers of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes also announced that they will release an action RPG with village-building elements, it will be called Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. It will be set in the same universe, and will be released in 2022, a year before the main title that, according to its developers, will be ready for 2023. It will be an action RPG with dynamic combats and will allow to know more details about some of the characters that will intervene in the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes main story.
Known to fans as Suikoen’s “spiritual successor”, Eiyuden Chronicle takes place in one of the Allraan regions, a unique combination of nations, cultures and values ??that clash and try to coexist as personal interests intertwine conspiracies and conflicts of all kind. Warriors and magicians, by dint of sword combat skills and “rune lenses”, seek to subdue their rivals and mark a change in the history of a continent where humans, elves, beastmen and other races dispute every meter. of habitable land.
The great Galdean empire is presented as one of the forces that organizes the territory, thanks to the use of a powerful army that does not hesitate to displace enemy nations and peoples towards total destruction. The two main protagonists are Seign Kesling, an officer who is part of the imperial outpost, and Nowa, a young man from a remote village who will be engulfed in the flames of conflict. At a certain point, there are nods to what was Suikoden II, the most successful game in the franchise and which also featured the rivalry and friendship of two characters who were forced to fight on the battlefield.
The original game team meets again
One of the great attractions of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes for RPG fans is that the majority of the development team belongs to the original Konami team that worked on the first installments of the Suikoden franchise. When Konami let the series die, many fans were still interested in learning the secrets of the True Runes and the kingdom of Harmonia, but there were no chances. Now, Eiyuden Chronicle offers a similar experience, a vast world, full of secrets, political intrigue and memorable characters, with the pen and design of the men and women who laid the foundations of Suikoden.
Yoshitaka Maruyama, the screenwriter of Suikoden 1 and 2, signs the story for Eiyuden Chronicle. Junjo Kawano, creator of hundreds of characters in the franchise, also participates, along with Osamu Komuta (in charge of the gameplay) and Junichi Murakami (part director and producer of the game). A team that for fans of the Suikoden franchise surely is synonymous with quality, and that based on the results, may imply a return to a world that serves as a spiritual successor of the Suikoden stories.
2.5D pixel art and turn-based battles
Among the most representative elements of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes , we find an aesthetic similar to that of games like Octopath Traveler, with pixel art elements, 3D perspective backgrounds and everything related to the use of 2.5D aesthetics. The character template will have more than a hundred alternatives, something that was also common in the Suikoden franchise, allowing you to play with very different combinations of attacks and play styles according to each type of character and player.
Regarding the battles, they will be in turns, and they will require the mastery of different skills with each type of character to get the most out of hand-to-hand fights, clashes with ranged weapons and also magic and the power of lenses. runic.
The team of fighters will be made up of up to 6 members, and as in Suikoden, the active members will be able to combine some of their techniques and create special blows capable of defeating the final bosses or teams of monsters that will try to defeat us throughout the wide world of Allraan. For fans of role-playing and fantasy worlds, Eiyuden Chronicle comes to offer a new tour with many nods to one of the most important franchises of the PlayStation era.