505 Games will publish Rabbit & Bear Studios developed Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, the company announced. The Kickstarter-funded RPG is slated for release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2022, with a potential release on Switch or otherwise next-generation Nintendo hardware.
“We have been dreaming of developing a game for genre fans for many years that also celebrates everything we love and have learned as game designers,”
Murayama continued, “Eiyuden Chronicle is both a look back at the classic RPG games that have entertained millions and a modern, exciting story of discovery and adventure with a cast with hundreds of fully realized characters. Given their success and history with titles like Blood stained and Death Stranding, and with the strong personal relationship we have developed with the people there, we feel we have the perfect partner in 505 Games. ”
In a blog post, Murayama said the partnership would allow Rabbit & Bear Studios to “completely control the direction and atmosphere of the game, as well as its rights.”
Here is an overview of the game via 505 Games:
With a unique setting, carefully crafted story and a massive cast, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a celebration of a game genre that is easily associated with studio management Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I and II) and director Osamu Komuta. Both parties hope this title is the first of many to emerge from this partnership.
Originally announced as a Kickstarter promotion in July 2020, the game exceeded its funding target by day one and became the most successful campaign on Kickstarter for a video game in 2020. Eiyuden Chronicle will have a traditional combat system with six characters that uses carefully created 2D sprites and beautiful 3D backgrounds with a deep and intricate story written by master narrator Murayama-san.
Rabbit & Bear has a team of renowned video game veterans, including: Murayama, Komuta as well as Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta, Junichi Murakami, Michiko Naruke and Motoi Sakuraba. These people have credits included Wild Arms, Time Hollow, and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and are considered pioneers in JPRG (Japanese role-playing games.) These franchises alone consist of several titles and millions of units sold.
Watch the partnership announcement video below.