Konami Respond To Suikoden Fans Over Twitter

By Ishaan . January 9, 2013 . 5:00pm

Alas, Konami don’t have any news for you Suikoden fans out there, but they’re listening, they say. Konami’s official Twitter account in the U.S. just tweeted the following:

 

Dear Suikoden fans, It’s incredible to see the outpouring of support from our fans for the Suikoden series…

 

We love Suikoden, too! In fact, we have several huge fans in Konami’s own offices…

 

Sadly, we have no new announcements regarding the Suikoden series at this time…

 

We appreciate the feedback and encourage an open and honest discussion with you, our fans, on as many channels as possible…

 

So please, continue to let your opinion be heard! We are listening.

 

& for those that haven’t played this classic RPG series, Suikoden 1 is currently avail for download as a PS1 Classic on PlayStation Network.

 

The last Suikoden game released by Konami was Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century for the PSP, which they published in Japan in February 2011. The game has not been released in the west. Prior to that game, Konami published Suikoden Tierkreis on the Nintendo DS. That game was released in U.S., Europe and Japan.


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  • ronin4life

    Wasn’t the ds game ported to psp as well?

    • Hraesvelgr

      No.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      The first two Suikoden games were ported to PSP. An original game for PSP was launched in 2012. Neither were released outside of Japan.

  • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

    The same message was posted to the Konami Facebook page as well.

  • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Whats this game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      Blasphemy!
      No really can’t blame anyone for not knowing this game. It’s rare and only Suikoden 1 is on PSN. Try it out, it’s good. The best JRPG series for me.

    • Testsubject909

      To give a clearer answer.

      Suikoden is based off the story of the same name. Suikoden.

      The basic premise is that you become the leader of a resistance group and go about amassing an army and many talented officers into your group. A total of 108 fated stars, that is to say, people with great destinies linked to your own, are scattered across the world and most are playable characters.

      It’s a JRPG, obviously, and one that plays well with three different combat systems that get utilized when appropriate. The atypical turn based JRPG combat system utilized for boss battles and random encounters. The Duel system for one on one combats, typically against enemy leaders and the likes. And large scale war which gets altered with every iteration, taking on the shape of turn based, grid based, generalized, active timed, whatever the shape it takes, it’s the time when you play that role as leader of an army and where the people you have gathered comes to matter the most.

      The more people you have gathered, the more your army grows. While some of those 108 stars that you’ll gather might not seem like much, for example say, an Inn Keeper or a Shopkeeper, they still provide a great service to you as they open shop in your home base and still aid bolstering your numbers.

      It’s a classic of JRPGs and one that I think has been getting overshadowed as of late. Give yourself a small treat this year if you like JRPGs and go get it off of PSN. It’s worth experiencing at least once if you like the genre and it’s pretty damn cheap to purchase to boot.

    • Firekitty

      Suikoden is, story-wise, one of the best JRPG series out there, mainly because it is one of the most unique. Rather than sweeping stories where the whole world is in danger, each game focuses on a war or rebellion involving just one or a small number of countries, and gets really involved in the politics and the social effects of the war.

      The games are probably best-known for having huge casts (108 recruitable characters, usually about half of whom are usable in battle, and the other half open shops or run minigames or soundtests), and a headquarters/castle that grows as you recruit more characters.

      There are five numbered games (1 and 2 for the PS1, 3-5 PS2), an SRPG (Suikoden Tactics, PS2) and a DS game (Suikoden Tierkreis) available in English, and you can jump in on any game in the series without missing much (Just don’t START with 4. It’s not a ‘bad’ game, but it’s not great, either).

      • Morricane

        Don’t start with 2 though. 1 ties so strongly into the 2nd, I think the 2nd profits greatly from having played the first one before.

    • Isaac Newton

      The ONLY JRPG for Konami that is all…..

  • asch999

    Where is Suikoden II on PSN Konami? You left out the best in the series

  • Tir McDohl

    This came as a response to todays Facebook campaign from the Suikoden Revival Movement which hit them rather hard, it seems. https://www.facebook.com/SuikodenRevival

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

    I just want the enhanced Suikoden 1 and 2 psp ports in English if nothing else.

    • Tir McDohl

      While some bugs got fixed, the port comes with its very own difficulties soI’d say the originals are still superior. http://www.suikosource.com/games/gs2/indepth/psp.php

      • Testsubject909

        Oh hi TcDohl.

        What do you mean that’s not your actual name? It’s totally what it’s going to be in Suikoden 2 with the imported data!

        Anyways, that joke aside.

        That’s not the most comforting of things to read.

      • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

        Huh, I wasn’t aware of those issues. Still, if someone like GaijinWorks brought it over (who like to ‘fix’ games during localization) it seems possible that some of them could be resolved. Vic (of Working Designs fame) has expressed some interest in the past at bringing them over if they determine the PSP is viable enough based on the sales of the upcoming Class of Heroes 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Glad Konami finally acknowledged Suikoden. The best JRPG series for me.

    • Testsubject909

      There’s no JRPG quite like Suikoden…

      or (wait, this isn’t a negative to you) quite like Wild Arms. Or quite like Breath of Fire. Or quite like Grandia. Or quite like Tales. Or quite like Paraste Eve. Or quite like Chrono Trigger. Or quite like the SaGa series. Or quite like Shadow Hearts…

      There are tons of great unique, entertaining and wonderful JRPGs and everyone should go out and experience them at least once if they have any love for the genre. All of them deserve to continue or at the very least to have a successor.

      At the very least though, I’m thankful that they exist and have a solid place in the history of gaming.

      • Roger3eme

        Most of the one you named aren’t JRPG… Just RPGs lol!

        • Eilanzer

          all of them where made in japan….So…Jrpgs….Capcom…Squaresoft/enix…Game Arts ARE japanese…

        • Testsubject909

          This… actually makes me curious.

          What are JRPGs to you? Or rather, what games are JRPGs to you?

  • http://the-critical-hit.tumblr.com/ Musashi

    Victor Ireland, now is the time!

    • Paradox me

      As soon as he’s done saving the genre with Class of Heroes II.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    While i am still sad with no plan for Suikoden series, i am kinda happy that Konami is being frank here.
    I mean during my childhood age, even when we wanted to know whether a certain game had chances of coming or not, we never know. We can only hope.T_T

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Konami, please bring us back to the original setting and the world with the 27 True Runes mythos~! The unresolved clash between Pesmerga and Yuber, the still enigmatic Sindar civilization.. I believe there’s still a lot more to learn from the Suikoden world that we knew and grown up with.

    • Testsubject909

      Do they even still have the original writer on board?

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Not sure. Though Yoshitaka Murayama, the Suikoden series producer parted ways with Konami since 2002. A month before Suikoden 3 was released.

      • Wiccan1109

        The guy who had the biggest hand in the stories for 1, 2 and 3 left before S4. Hence the reason why it has never ‘quite’ been the same and suddenly darted off of the Harmonia train track it had been building up to. S5 seemed like they tried to get deeper elements of the story tied in but it does feel a bit like they gave up to focus on the multiverse idea now.

        Even if they had stayed on track, Konami’s version of a chronological sequel to S3 would have been different than the original writers version, that may even be why they didnt touch it. I think the stuff about True Runes, Pesmerga, Yuber, Windy, Hikusaak and all the surviving True Rune bearers active after S3, is pretty much lost to us. Right now, id take any suikoden i could get though, i enjoyed ALL of them in their own way.

        • Eilanzer

          The problems in 4 or 5 (5 isn´t bad at all) don´t break the story…After all…The storyline order of Suikoden is 4~5~1~2~3…

          • Wiccan1109

            They dont break the story so much as avoid where it was /directly/ heading. 1 leading to 2, 2 leading to 3, then after that it felt like they had lost the means to progress directly from 3 to the next installment in the story. I’m not blaming them, i think going back and trying to flesh out past stories in your own way, instead of attempting finish another persons story was the best move at the time. They definitley served purpose.

            Despite mixed receptions i really enjoyed what happened in 4 and 5, but like a lot of others, id have LOVED to see how it was all going to go down after 3, espescially considering a handful of these characters had been with us through all 3 games. =D

        • Isaac Newton

          Suikoden 5 is the only game that has the feel of suikoden 2 the drama, friendship, comedy and BETRAYAL. Suiko 5 give it a much more depth of the suiko mythos also give an advance war gameplay compare to 1,2,3 and 4 style and to some what confusing war gameplay of 3(It has the SaGa frontier 2 war gameplay). The only sad thing is that it has the lowest sale compare to 3 and 4 despite of all the improvements. And last thing gotta love Prince and Lyon :D

          • Testsubject909

            My only personal problem with Suikoden 5 was the loading time.

    • Eilanzer

      and don´t forget the mistery about Viki and Jeane…

    • JustThisOne

      Leknaat and Windy!
      Kanakan!
      Star Dragon Sword needs a loving home.

    • Bob Stockalockapoulos

      You should also send that same exact message to Konami, if you already haven’t! The more voices they hear from us, the better.

  • FFmax

    I would love for this to get localized and Suikoden 2 to come to psn.

  • Hours

    Well they can start with some more PSN releases and NOT making anymore non-canon games like Tierkreis and 1000 Year Tapestry.

    Then a real Suikoden VI please.

    • Elvick

      More re-releases would be fine with me to gauge interest, and for me to avoid needing to pay inflated second hand prices for the games I don’t have. xP

  • TheTimeMage

    February 2012 not 2011. Thanks for bringing the game over Konami!

  • JustThisOne

    Stop teasing me, guys. My poor heart can’t take it.

    I… I guess I gotta fight for what’s right though. The world needs to know what happens to the True Runes.

  • Letiumtide

    Konami Respond To Suikoden Fans Over Twitter:

    “Nope, still nothing.”

  • Jason A

    Love to have suikoden 2 to play on my ps3 and vita. One the best RPG’s i’ve ever played.

  • Vyse Legendaire

    I think Konami should leave Suikoden alone. I don’t really trust any of today’s publishers with the great franchises of yesteryear – in other words they will almost assuredly ruin the next game like Square has thrown FF and other franchises under the bus.

    • JustThisOne

      I hate to say it, but I kind of agree with you. A part of me really wants to see more to this world they built, but I just don’t know if they’ll be able to capture the magic of the older games. I mean, Tierkreis was nice, but I don’t really want to save the world. I just want to topple an empire or something.

      At this point, a release of Suiko 2 on PSN will make me happy. It’s so hard to find! If it’s on PSN, it’d be a great opportunity to let more people experience this gem.

    • Tony F.

      Regarding SQEX, I did like XIII and it’s a shame Type-0 wasn’t released in the West, so I’m not a big fan of the “don’t make more games” bandwagon. We don’t NEED to play everything, y’know, and it’s a bit unfair for those who enjoyed those titles in fisrt place.

      Konami didn’t hit the spot with Suikoden IV, but did a nice job with V. Can’t ask them to stop. I didn’t like Tierkreis, but… it’s a risk! ¯(°_o)/¯

  • Isaac Newton

    I will say this without any shame…

    1st I want to hear Kojima’s Response for the Suikoden series if he has any plan to contribute to this game.

    2nd a full remake for suikoden 2 and 5……

    3rd I hate Suikoden 3 why? Because you name an NPC instead of a main character and you import a save from suikoden 2 hoping that you will have the main character of suiko 2 as a member, Last it’s LINEAR GAMEPLAY compare to all on the series and “THERE IS NO GOOD ENDING LOL”!!!

    4th suikoden 3 is an example of good gameplay but bad story while suikoden 4 is an example of bad gameplay but good storyline.

    I apologize for my negative reaction on my comment

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      You actually thought the storyline of 4 was good? It was awful.

      Personally, Suikoden 3 is my 3rd favorite of the series, behind 2 and 5, which don’t really need remakes, unless you’re talking about an HD Collection of the PS2 titles and putting Suikoden 2 up as a PS1 Classic.

      • Isaac Newton

        In 1,2,4 and 5 you collect 108 stars of destiny to save a live or to change there lives for good
        WHILE In 3 you collect 108 stars just to see how pathetic Luc is compare to 2 and 1.
        Or maybe I was disappointed on my expectations for 3 cuz of suiko 2. Suiko 3 story line is a branch but going only to one reach. while 4 and 5 remain just like on 1 and 2 one MC but with full of possibilities. but yeah suiko 4 as a game is awful but as a story nah. Maybe I’m in the minority part but I play suiko because of the story.

    • Fredrik

      I sure hope Kojima won’t contribute to the Suikoden series.

      Don’t want to see a remake of Suikoden II either, the original 2D graphics are very charming even to this day. To HD-ify it would be very wrong.
      Suikoden V HD would be nice though, since it’s 3D graphics.

      • Testsubject909

        The only thing I’d want from Suikoden V (And I loved it, played through it, got all 108 stars and etc).

        Is for them to fix the loading time issue.

  • Fredrik

    Unfortunately, I doubt they listen. Seems like empty words to me, and no actions.

    Just like when they did the same about two years ago, nothing happened from that. Absolutely nothing.http://www.facebook.com/notes/konami/dear-suikoden-fans/10150117219813889

  • JonathanisPrimus

    “The last Suikoden game released by Konami was Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century for the PSP, which they published in Japan in February 2011.”

    It was actually published in February of 2012.

  • http://Gematsu.com/ Bruno Silva

    Pretty please get Suikoden I on the European PSN, Konami? I know this is also SCEE’s responsability, but yeah ;_;

  • Isaac Newton

    Oh if there is Suiko 6 I want some unnamed main character with a nickname of Hikusaak will be there

  • Bob Stockalockapoulos

    I got so excited when I saw the headline!

    ..And then I was bummed when I read the article. The Suikoden series is my favorite RPG series of all time. Yep, over bigger powerhouses like Final Fantasy and the Tales series.

  • Just Tim

    Sigh. Looks like the only way for Konami to be forced into going back into the main timeline is via the US PSN sales for Suikoden II, especially when Tierkreis was considered as a financial flop in the US.

    • Testsubject909

      Hey. I own Tierkreis and for your information! I can totally understand why.

  • Morricane

    Ah Suikoden…
    I think what makes Suikoden special is that the story focuses more on shades of gray instead of a simplistic black/white good vs. evil plotline that is so standard in RPGs. The only other games which give off a similar feel of tragedy that come to my mind right now are SRPGs like FFTactics, Langrisser or the Ogre series, games which also deal with the overarching theme of war.

    In these games, even IF there’s a big evil god somewhere in the end, most
    of the actual actors are always not necessarily villains “because they’re evil” but just because they have different goals or even the same goal, but chose a different means to achieve it (-> one Suikoden II’s leitmotifs). I mean…how many of the major villains in Suikoden I for example were really deserving of the term “evil”? Like…one?

    In all honesty, I don’t necessarily need more Suikoden games, but I really want to see more games which deal with the same kind of subject matter as Suikoden games do. (anyone got some ideas btw? :)

  • Anthony Tumiwa

    so the chance is go down to 0%?

  • Chris Walker

    I’m playing 5 right now on my ps3 from nostalgia! With all the talk of the ps4 being developer friendly from sony . there should be no reason not to continue the series. release it as an mmo, free to play what ever. The tools will be in your hands make your fans happy and it will pay off.

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