Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, the spiritual successor to Suikoden and Suikoden II, has met its Kickstarter goal of about $500,000 USD in about two hours. The campaign went live at 9 AM PST today to help fund Suikoden and Suikoden II writer and director Yoshitaka Murayama’s next project. Kickstarter crashed for about 45 minutes during the campaign.
The initial goal funds the development of a PC release; however, there is a stretch goal at $1,000,000 to bring the game to all major consoles. Considering the campaign is live through August 28, and it took less than 24 hours to fund $500,000, a console release seems likely.
The game was announced on July 27, and is being developed by Rabbit & Bear, an independent studio founded in Tokyo earlier this year. Eiyuden Chronicle is a 2.5D turn-based JRPG featuring a massive cast of 100 heroes. The game will feature a six character party system, as well as a fort-building element to house your heroes.
The team at Rabbit & Bear chose Kickstarter to help fund the development of Eiyuden Chronicle because it would allow them to retain ownership over the IP, even if they do make a deal with a publisher. According to Murayama, crowdfunding the game is necessary to ensure the developers retain its rights. “We chose Kickstarter in order to make an interesting game with the players in mind, hold the rights to the planning, world, and story of the game, all while keeping the fun of the project,” he said.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is tentatively planned to launch in Fall 2022. You can see the Kickstarter campaign here.
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