Eiyuden Chronicle: A Kickstarter Video Game Like No Other

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Many of us who swim in RPG circles will be very familiar with Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The RPG of the future that’s been grabbing so many headlines lately. Why? i hear you ask Well, the love story began, as so often, with a humble Kickstarter.

In my line of work, I’m often tasked with targeting triple-A games. As much as I like the big-budget affairs, sometimes it’s the indie underground titles that really bear fruit. Over the years, Kickstarter campaigns have been responsible for some of the most popular games.

You don’t have to go back too far to remember Shenmue 3, for example. Then there’s the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night success story. Even a Dark Souls board game was created based on a crowdfunding petition.

Wherever a fanbase exists, there will always be a need for a sequel, prequel, or expansion to in-game universes that fans know and love.

So let’s not beat around the bush. Without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about Eiyuden Chronicle.

What is the Eiyuden Chronicle?

What is Eiyuden Chronicle

That’s a great question. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a future RPG and typed as a spiritual successor to the ever-immortal Suikoden series. Now that may sound like exaggerated praise. But don’t be fooled, the donations have already come in at a tremendously generous rate.

As things stand now, Eiyuden Chronicle has surpassed $4.5 million. The demonstration that power is indeed in the hands of the people. That’s a lot of money from any bank account.

So where does it stand in the pantheon of Kickstarters of all time? Well, high as it comes. Currently, Eiyuden Chronicle sits in third place for most grossing game, just behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and of course Shenmue 3 at the top.

In truth, it’s worth acknowledging that these were further entries to an already existing series. So the fan bases were there from the start. However, what is immediately impressive about this project is that it represents a game starting from scratch.

Of course, most of the demand comes from the person steering the ship. And we will now go into more detail about this aspect. Bloodstained was not a direct sequel. But instead it shared a connection to the seemingly defunct Castlevania series.

I’ll pocket a quick pitch myself while I get the chance! We want a new Castlevania game, pronto!

Anyhow, in the next part we will examine the reasons why Eiyuden Chronicle has gained such significant hype in such a short period of time.

An epic collaboration

In a somewhat similar style to the Suikoden series, Eiyuden Chronicle will host an extensive roster of characters. But perhaps more importantly, the upcoming game’s development will be spearheaded by none other than Yoshitaka Murayama, the original creator of the Suikoden series.

The art style will be reminiscent of classic retro games, with 2D sprites animating detailed 3D backgrounds. To me, it’s very reminiscent of previous Final Fantasy games, where pre-rendered, lovingly painted artwork sets the scene.

What can we expect from the release of Eiyuden Chronicle?

What can we expect from Eiyuden Chronicle Come Release?

Music plays a big role in every classic JRPG. So fans will be delighted to see Motoi Sakuraba, who has previously worked on the Tales Of series, Shining Force 3 and Golden Sun, sworn in as a participating composer.

But it doesn’t stop there. Additionally, the talented team behind the game hopes to include “100 unique characters.” So, plenty of choice in that regard.

With most, if not all, of the desired “stretch goals” for the Kickstarter campaign having been achieved, donors can now look forward to some decent DLC content. These include various visual elements, other side stories, and even a “Back Story Novel” among other things. Your generosity knows no bounds.

A word from the creators

The Kickstarter campaign page has a description of the game made by the developers.

“In Eiyuden Chronicle, there is a massive world to explore filled with lush biomes, bustling cities, spooky caves, and tranquil villages. Talk to the townsfolk to learn more about the region, explore remote locations and fight secret bosses, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.”

Honestly, looking through some of these snippets, I’m amazed at the level of presentation. Which in my opinion seems immensely high. For example, The Waterstead of Quinja presents a quaint seaside town that is equally full of charm and color. Meanwhile, The Seaside Cavern offers an overall darker atmospheric tone that makes it mature and ready for exploration.

Now, I’m not sure if these images are in the form of early conceptual art. But on the surface, the optics are all-round promising.

Fans of traditional turn-based combat that are synonymous with old-style JRPGS will be pleased to see a welcome return here:

“Eiyuden Chronicle uses a traditional turn-based RPG combat system, where players take command of up to six individual units against either an army or a single large creature. Choose commands for each of your characters, then watch them carry out your commands in full-motion combat.”

Judgment of the Eiyuden Chronicle

Judgment of the Eiyuden Chronicle

For me, Eiyuden Chronicle is a shining example of how to run a Kickstarter effectively. Engaging his player base via stretch goals is one thing. But the lengths its developers have gone to in presenting detailed projections for the game can only be admired.

With so much potential content to snag, I’m sure players will have a great time playing Eiyuden Chronicle when it releases. It never ceases to amaze me, this longing desire for humble passion projects.

Let’s hope to see more of this in the future. I expect this to be a great success. But we will see.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to Eiyuden Chronicle? Maybe you are a lover of the original Suikoden series? As always, your views mean the world to us. So please send them in via the comments.

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