Suikoden Veterans Announce Eiyuden Chronicle
Rabbit & Bear Studios is a new studio based in Tokyo founded by Suikoden series creator Yoshitaka Murayama. The studio has announced its debut title, Eiyuden Chronicle, which will undergo a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign starting on July 27, 2020. Eiyuden Chronicle is being developed for PC initially, with console versions under consideration, with a planned launch in late 2022. More details about Eiyuden Chronicle and the ideas behind it can be found below as well as in RPGamer’s interview with Rabbit & Bear Studios.
Eiyuden Chronicle is billed as an ode to PlayStation-era JRPGs and will include HD 2.5D graphics with sprite-based characters, 100 unique heroes to join the protagonist, turn-based battles with six-member parties, and a guild system. The following names are attached to the project:
- Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I and II) — Scenario Writer/Director
- Junko Kawano (Suikoden I and IV) — Lead Artist
- Osamu Komuta (Suikoden Tactics and Suikoden Tierkreis) — Director
- Junichi Murakami (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, OZ) — Producer/Art Director
- Motoi Sakuraba (Tales series) — Composer
- Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms series) — Composer
Eiyuden Chronicle is set in the world of Allraan, with its history shaped by magical items called rune-lenses. The Galdean Empire has emerged as the dominant power thanks to finding a technology that amplifies the rune-lenses, and it is now looking for an artefact that will enhance its power further.
One of its expeditions sees young officer Seign Kesling meeting a villager called Nowa. The two become friends, but soon end up involved on different sides of war. Nowa is the game’s main protagonist and hails from a remote part of the League of Nations. He leaves his village to test his skills and joins the League’s joint expedition with the Empire, during which he discovers a certain artefact that leads to the breakout of war, with Nowa electing to join the border guard. Meanwhile, Seign is the second-born son of a powerful imperial family. He achieved outstanding grades at the military academy and possesses a strong strategic mind.
Other major characters include Marisa, Melridge, Garr, Lian, and Mio. Marisa is a member of the Guardian clan that reveres the forest and has its own sought-after method of utilising rune-lenses. Melridge is a history scholar, but also happens to be a gifted strategist despite his distaste for war. Garr is a beastman warrior whose clan members earn their living as mercenaries, but as they are hired individually, they sometimes have to face each other in combat. Lian is a martial artist taught by her father, but runs away from home without a plan when it is invaded by the Empire, before coming across the protagonist and his allies. Finally, Mio is a swordswoman from the Far East dedicated to perfecting her skills. She has a stoic personality, and rarely speaks unless challenging a worthy opponent.