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Eiyuden Chronicle Raises $4.5 Million, Hits All Stretch Goals

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The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Eiyuden Chronicle, a new JRPG from the creators of Konami classic Suikoden has ended. The campaign managed to raise over JPY ¥481 Million (about USD $4.5 Million) against a ¥53 Million goal, nearly 10 times the original ask. As a result, all the game’s stretch goals—additional features or content added to incentivize additional funding—have been reached. The final stretch goal—the addition of a companion game called A Quiet Place—is now officially in the cards. And speaking of cards, the “card battle minigame” stretch goal was achieved a while back.

The massive haul puts Eiyuden Chronicle in the top ranks of successful Kickstarter projects. After Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Shenmue 3, it’s the third biggest-ever video game Kickstarter. All three projects share a commonality: a promise to revive a classic video game series or sequel. Where Eiyuden Chronicle invokes Suikoden, Bloodstained recalled another dormant Konami franchise: Castlevania. Shenmue 3 is a sequel to the unfinished Dreamcast-era Shenmue trilogy. It’s also worth noting that the fourth- and fifth-biggest video game Kickstarters also took this angle: the campaigns for inXile’s Torment: Tides of Numenara and Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity both recalled classic “Infinity Engine” titles such as Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is being developed by Rabbit & Bear Studios, and reunites ex-Konami developers Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano. Murayama directed Suikoden I and II, while Kawano produced Suikoden IV, Suikoden Tactics, and Shadow of Destiny. The game promises a fantasy story in an original setting, the land of Allraan. The game will feature many design flourishes used by the Suikoden titles, including over 100 recruitable allies, a “Fortress Town” to develop and defend, and a battle system featuring parties of six characters.

Check out a promotional video produced for the campaign’s last 48 hours:

Eiyuden Chronicle is destined for release on PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, and “Nintendo’s Next Generation Hardware” (possibly the rumored Switch upgrade) in October 2022.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.