The long silence on Suikoden The game has bewildered us, you, everyone, for over a decade. But Konami moves in mysterious ways, and last night at the Tokyo Game Show, the company knocked everyone out of their seats with the surprise announcement of remakes of the first two games, which are coming. in the next year.
It’s been ten years since there was a Suikoden game, and that is Gensō Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Tokion PSP, released in Japanese only. A fan-made English translation appeared last yearbut understandably people assumed the series was abandoned.
This was made more case by sponsored by the community success of Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroesa spiritual successor to Suikoden series, created by the original developers. It raised $4.5 million last June, and was looking very impressive.
This must have been a motivating factor for Konami, who probably finally realized that they were sitting on an abandoned gold mine. However, they continued to schtum and ignored the endless complaints. Until now.
While these remakes are clearly not made by designer and writer Yoshitaka Murayama, who is working on The Eiyuden Chronicles, they brought back original character artist Junko Kawano. That’s interesting, since he’s listed as working The Eiyuden Chronicles also.
IGN holds some in-game scenes from the remakes where you can see improved visuals, new sounds, an updated user interface, and even a rewritten English translation — what that was very lacking in the original 90’s releases. This was a big deal, Suikoden fan!
Oh boy, the visual arts in the battle sequence are so good!
At least one former Konami employee reacted with shock to the announcement. Yuichi tweeted, “While I was still working for Konami at E3 2015, I was told to my face that it would never be different. Suikoden game because it just doesn’t sell in the US and Europe. “
He added, “For those who don’t know, there are 27 authentic Runes in legend for Suikoden and only 18 were revealed”. He says he’s been trying to keep the series alive for eight years in Konami, without success, but believes that if these remakes prove successful, there’s hope a sixth game will be made. presently.
This means that, important aside, 2023 will see the launch of both Suikoden first and 2with The Eiyuden Chronicles. Like the bus.