The long-term silence on the Suikoden video games has mystified us, you, everybody, for over a decade. However Konami strikes in mysterious methods, and final night time on the Tokyo Recreation Present, the corporate knocked everybody off their chairs by surprise-announcing remasters of the primary two video games, due subsequent 12 months.
It’s been ten years since there was final a Suikoden recreation, and that was Gensō Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki, on the PSP, launched in Japanese solely. A fan-made English translation appeared final 12 months, however understandably folks assumed the collection had been deserted.
This was made additional the case by the crowd-funded success of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a religious successor to the Suikoden collection, created by the unique builders. It had raised an eye-watering $4.5 million by June final 12 months, and is already wanting very spectacular.
This absolutely needed to be a motivating issue for Konami, who maybe lastly realized they had been sitting on an deserted gold mine. Nonetheless, although, they stored schtum and ignored the countless wails. Till now.
Whereas these remakes are clearly not being labored on by the likes of designer and author Yoshitaka Murayama, who’s engaged on Eiyuden Chronicle, they’ve introduced again in authentic character artist Junko Kawano. Which is fascinating, as he’s listed as engaged on Eiyuden Chronicle too.
IGN acquired maintain of some in-game footage from the remakes, the place you may see the improved sprites, new sound, up to date UI, and even rewritten English translation—one thing sorely missing within the authentic ‘90s releases. It is a huge deal, Suikoden followers!
Oh boy, the sprite artwork within the battle sequence is simply so good!
Not less than one former Konami worker has been reacting with shock at this announcement. Yuichi tweeted saying, “Whereas I nonetheless labored for Konami at E3 2015, I used to be advised to my face that there’ll by no means been one other Suikoden recreation as a result of it simply doesn’t promote within the States and Europe.”
He added, “For individuals who don’t know there are 27 True Runes within the lore for Suikoden and solely 18 have been revealed.” He says he tried to maintain the collection alive for eight years at Konami, with no success, however believes that if these remasters show profitable, there’s hope a sixth recreation will likely be made.
Because of this, main slips apart, 2023 ought to see the discharge of each Suikoden 1 and 2, together with Eiyuden Chronicle. Like buses they’re.