The new Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes character Clarke, details about the Theater, and insight into preparation of its Hot Springs area came up in the November 2022 update. Clarke runs the theater in-game, which will feature voiced lines for its “shows.” Also, Producer and Art Director Junichi Murakami brought up challenges in creating hot springs versions of characters, while still making them recognizable.
With the hot springs, Murakami noted that the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes character designs meant it was easier to keep people distinct when preparing their sprites. He noted that he didn’t encounter as much trouble when making each one.
Here’s his full statement from the Steam update.
Simply putting characters into hot springs is tough in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. One scene alone means X(100 + α) more cuts to make (lol).
To that end, and to avoid panicking down the road, I’m doing my own work whenever I get a chance. But in doing that, I’m faced with a number of questions.
For example, “Isn’t it weird for this character to wear a hat in the hot spring?” or “They’ll have to tie their long hair up before getting in the water,” are just for starters. What about what they’re wearing under their outfits?
I approached one character after the other, putting together bath time versions for each, and after a while it’s now possible to tell who is who, even in their bare pixel form! How cool is that?
I was actually a little worried.
You see, usually changing the costume, accessories or other distinctive features like a character’s hairstyle on their pixel art is likely to make many of them look the same as one another, especially as there are so many. But that didn’t happen this time. The individuality of each character is pretty clear.
I think this comes down to everyone having unique physiques and physical expressions—something we talked about a few times at Tokyo Game Show.
As for the theater, it will be a minigame which lets people assign characters to roles in plays. There will be voice lines for this segments. This area is tied to Clarke, a 55-year-old man whose wife divorced him because he became so invested in running it. He’s from The League of Nations and is very mature and well-dressed. He’s also very passionate about his work.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will appear on the PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2023.